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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intensive Training

Nurturing Psychological Health

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Acceptance and mindfulness evidence-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society for good reason -they offer empowering and liberating solutions to the problem of human suffering and its alleviation. In this workshop, we learn about an influential mindfulness-based approach to psychological health and wellness called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACT seeks to transform the root sources of human suffering by balancing mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life. ACT has been applied successfully to many forms of human suffering and can be flexibly and fluidly applied in a variety of mental health settings.

Led by a husband and wife team (Drs. John & Jamie Forsyth), we explore ACT as a model and as set of intervention strategies and practices. Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and hands-on experiential exercises, we learn powerful skills and strategies to help our clients live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to change, control, or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. We also learn how ACT can be integrated effectively into mental health practice and our personal lives.

Mental health professionals, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and those curious about learning ACT are welcome. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

You will learn:

  • Define three core elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that guide its practice
  • Identify the ACT model of human suffering in terms of six essential features outlined in the hexaflex model
  • Match each of the six elements of the ACT model of human suffering with six central treatment targets of ACT in practice
  • Define and identify “fusion” and “experiential avoidance” and their role in various forms of suffering/li>
  • Utilize ACT with individuals suffering from a range of mental health concerns
  • Practice at least 3 basic ACT mindfulness and defusion techniques and describe how they can be useful for their patients and for themselves
  • Formulate exposure-based strategies in a context of mindful acceptance and valued living using experiential exercises, metaphors, and defusion techniques
  • Integrate mindful acceptance and self-compassion strategies to help clients let go of needless struggle while moving in the direction of their chosen values and life goals.

You will walk away with powerful skills and strategies to help your clients live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to change, control, or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain.

John Forsyth, PhD | Jamie Forsyth, PhD

January 28 - February 2, 2018
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

25 CE Credits available

$895 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Acceptance and mindfulness evidence-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society for good reason -they offer empowering and liberating solutions to the problem of human suffering and its alleviation. In this workshop, we learn about an influential mindfulness-based approach to psychological health and wellness called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACT seeks to transform the root sources of human suffering by balancing mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life. ACT has been applied successfully to many forms of human suffering and can be flexibly and fluidly applied in a variety of mental health settings.

Led by a husband and wife team (Drs. John & Jamie Forsyth), we explore ACT as a model and as set of intervention strategies and practices. Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and hands-on experiential exercises, we learn powerful skills and strategies to help our clients live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to change, control, or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. We also learn how ACT can be integrated effectively into mental health practice and our personal lives.

Mental health professionals, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and those curious about learning ACT are welcome. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

You will learn:

  • Define three core elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that guide its practice
  • Identify the ACT model of human suffering in terms of six essential features outlined in the hexaflex model
  • Match each of the six elements of the ACT model of human suffering with six central treatment targets of ACT in practice
  • Define and identify “fusion” and “experiential avoidance” and their role in various forms of suffering/li>
  • Utilize ACT with individuals suffering from a range of mental health concerns
  • Practice at least 3 basic ACT mindfulness and defusion techniques and describe how they can be useful for their patients and for themselves
  • Formulate exposure-based strategies in a context of mindful acceptance and valued living using experiential exercises, metaphors, and defusion techniques
  • Integrate mindful acceptance and self-compassion strategies to help clients let go of needless struggle while moving in the direction of their chosen values and life goals.

You will walk away with powerful skills and strategies to help your clients live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to change, control, or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain.

Faculty Bio

John Forsyth, PhD

John P. Forsyth is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based approaches. For more than 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering and promote psychological health and vitality.

He is author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals) and three self-help books for the public: The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety; ACT on Life, Not on Anger; and Your Life on Purpose.

John holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He is a professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a widely sought-after ACT trainer and consultant, and serves as senior editor of the ACT book series.

He regularly gives ACT talks and workshops to the public and professionals in the United States and abroad. He infuses his teaching and trainings with energy, humility, and compassion, and his down-to-earth workshops are consistently praised for their clarity, depth, and utility.

His work has helped foster growing interest in acceptance and mindfulness in psychology, mental health, medicine, and society.

Jamie Forsyth, PhD

Jamie R. Forsyth is a clinician and clinical supervisor with extensive expertise in the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on severe forms of mental illness (e.g., psychosis and personality disorders) and on psychological suffering in inpatient, outpatient, and college mental health settings.

Jamie holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. She is a clinician at Union College, where she offers ACT-based outpatient psychotherapy to college students presenting with psychological and behavioral challenges.

Jamie leads ACT workshops in the United States and abroad, and is a member of the teaching faculty at Omega Institute and Esalen Institute.

She is a skillful integrationist and researcher with specialized knowledge in relational and process-oriented therapeutic work, addictions, and motivational interviewing, including mindfulness and self-compassion practices. Her clinical wisdom, coupled with the depth and scope of her knowledge and skills, bridges various approaches and streams of practice within an ACT point of view.

Why Attend

  • Understand the ACT model of human suffering & intervention

  • Utilize the ACT model to alleviate mental health concerns

  • Introduce ACT intervention technologies in mental health practice

  • Foster action with emotional and psychological forms of pain

  • Illustrate the flexible use and integration of ACT in mental health practice

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    January 28    

    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm                 ACT model of human suffering & Its alleviation

    January 29    

    6:30 am – 7:45 am                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm                ACT case conceptualization

    10:30 am – 10:45 am               Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm  Workshop resumes

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                 Break

    2:00 pm – 4:30pm                  Weakening the struggle for control

    January 30    

    6:30 am – 7:45 am                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm                Doing effective values work

    10:30am – 10:45 am                Break

    10:45am – 12:00 pm               Workshop resumes

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                 Break

    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm                 Clarifying barriers to valued action

    January 31    

    6:30 am – 7:45 am                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm                Mindfulness, observer self, and defusion strategies

    10:30am – 10:45am                 Break

    10:45am – 12pm                     Workshop resumes

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                 Break

    2:00pm – 4:30pm                   Self-compassion and acceptance work

    February 1    

    6:30 am – 7:45 am                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm                Using exposure strategies in ACT

     

    10:30 am – 10:45 am               Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm  Workshop resumes

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                 Break

    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm                Building patterns of committed actionFebruary 2    

    6:30 am – 7:45 am                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 am – 11:30 am                 Pulling it all together

  • Prerequisites

    Mental health professionals, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and those curious about learning ACT are welcome. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • CEs Available

    This course has been approved for 25 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
    • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    • No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

     If 1440 Multiversity Cancels

    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.

    Grievances
    Participants of approved continuing education courses may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if displeased with the results of the process.

    For questions or concerns, please email Ginny.Paige@1440.org

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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