Who: Emily Sandoz, PhD
When: Oct 11-13
Where: Pearlstone Center
The MAC ACBS is on a mission! We're committed to disseminating ACT and CBS training in the Mid Atlantic region. This is our third ACT Immersion Retreat and it represents a very rare opportunity. It's an intermediate level, intensive ACT training - something almost unheard of in this area. It will be held at Pearlstone, a beautiful retreat center north of Washington DC. At Pearlstone we will train together, dine together and reside together from midday Friday to midday Sunday. The training will go beyond the usual ACT material and is designed to be deeply experiential.
Note that the fee includes the training as well as hotel lodging and meals - it is an all-inclusive package.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is defined by its behavior analytic roots and its focus on building flexibility into the behavioral repertoire. Many ACT clinicians, however, find behavior analytic language lacking in its ability to capture and inform the clinical work they do every day. Instead, ACT assessments and interventions are typically guided by less specific, “mid-level terms,” such as acceptance, defusion, and values. While mid-level terms certainly reduce the barriers to learning ACT as a new approach, they may unnecessarily limit the clinicians’ application of ACT to use of techniques, exercises, and metaphors that target flexibility components.
This workshop offers an alternative approach to ACT mastery, through the clinical application of functional contextual behavioral science and behavior analytic theory. Though many have dismissed these principles as cold and overly technical, they tend to bring clinicians closer to the practicing ACT in a way that is connected, compassionate, and closely attuned to the therapist-client interaction. Using an experiential approach that progressively builds skills across two days, participants will practice the functional analysis of moment-to-moment therapy process in service of building clients’ psychological flexibility. These practice opportunities will begin with only the most basic philosophical assumptions underlying ACT and move through principles that are increasingly specific, converging on the ACT components that are typically described in mid-level terms. Participants will leave the workshop with a simple but effective behavioral framework for providing clients opportunities to develop flexible, adaptive, and expansive patterns of behavior that extend far beyond the therapy room.
Nurturing Roots to Reach New Heights: Revisiting Foundations for Mastering Flexible, Process-Based ACT Implementation
Dr. Emily K. Sandoz is the Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences in the Psychology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Emily is the Director of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. She has co-authored three books on acceptance and commitment therapy for struggles with eating and body image, along with chapters and journal articles on ACT, Relational Frame Theory, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility. Emily has led more than 70 professional training workshops around the world, and serves as a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She also practices as a Clinical Psychologist, focusing on clinical behavior analysis of body-related difficulties.
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To become a MAC-ACBS member, please go to our Membership page. Please note that dues are values based - that means you decide what to donate. Minimum amounts are recommended.
Registration fee covers 2 nights lodging, all instruction, meals and coffee/tea. Meals include: Friday Dinner; Saturday Breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Sunday Breakfast.
The Rooms - the rooms are Pearlstone are hotel style. To view accommodations, please go here
CE Credits: The activity is approved for 12 CE credits for social workers, psychologists and counselors. You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive continuing education credits. CE credits are not given for meals or the the AM coffee/tea time, lunch time, or the 15-minute breaks.
After attending this training you will be able:
1: To describe three clinical implications of functional contextualism for your practice.
2: To analyze talk therapy interventions in terms of function vs. correspondence.
3: To demonstrate talk therapy interventions as oriented by function
4: To describe three clinical implications of clinical behavior analysis for your practice.
5: To analyze talk therapy interventions by tracking context, behavior, and functional relationship between context and behavior.
6: To demonstrate clinical behavior analytic interventions based on analyses of context, behavior, and functional relationship between context and behavior.
7: To analyze talk therapy interventions based by tracking behaviors under aversive and appetitive control.
8: To demonstrate clinical behavior analytic interventions based on analyses of aversive and appetitive control.
9: To describe the psychological flexibility model of psychological well-being in mid-level and behavioral terms.
10: To describe the psychological flexibility model of clinical intervention in mid-level and behavioral terms.
11: To analyze psychological flexibility in the therapeutic interaction, along with the manipulable contexts that influence it.
12: To demonstrate interventions that manipulate immediate conditions to build psychological flexibility.
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