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ACT - Introduction & Skills Building Workshop

Date: 22 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2017


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has emerged over the last decade as one of the most widely practiced and researched psychotherapies. From an ACT perspective, psychological distress and suffering are usually caused by experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion, and the resulting difficulties in taking workable action in accordance with one's core values. It views attempts to control difficult thoughts and feelings as a means of coping to be relatively unhelpful. ACT utilizes acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies together with commitment and behavioural change strategies to increase one's psychological flexibility. There are robust and growing research evidence showing ACT to be an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions, including stress, anxiety disorders, depression, substance addictions, chronic physical pain, and psychosis.

This three-day workshop provides a thorough overview of the theory, principles, and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with guidance on application and opportunities to practice. It is intended for those who are relatively new to ACT and for those who have done some reading on their own about ACT but who may not have had the opportunity to participate in more experiential learning, practice case conceptualization, and receive feedback while practicing using the ACT model.

Learning Outcomes

• Demonstrate increased skill in conceptualizing cases using the ACT model.

• Use at least two new defusion and acceptance techniques.

• Use new techniques for helping clients articulate their values and identify workable actions.

• Demonstrate how the different ACT techniques relate to each other and to the basic principles of ACT.

• Apply creative hopelessness interventions with increased skill.

• Better assess therapeutically-relevant client behaviors such as avoidance, cognitive fusion, and values-oriented behavior/vitality.

• Use ACT processes with increased skill.

• Utilize the different ACT processes more nimbly and with more flexibility within a given session.

Trainer: Jason Luoma (Ph.D.)

Jason Luoma, Ph.D., is the Director of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland. After earning his doctorate, Jason spent four years at the University of Nevada, Reno studying ACT with Steven Hayes (founder of ACT).

Jason’s research focuses on the application of ACT as an intervention, shame and increasing self-compassion, and the dissemination and training of evidence-based therapies. He recently published the first randomized trial of an ACT approach to shame in addiction in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Duration: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue: Singapore Management University (School of Economics and Social Sciences) Seminar Room 2.1, Level 2, 90 Stamford Road S178903

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Contact: Email Organizer


S$1,350/ participant

Language: English

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