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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intensive Training

Nurturing Psychological Health

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Evidence-based acceptance and mindfulness practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society—and for good reason. They offer empowering, liberating solutions that alleviate human suffering.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an influential mindfulness-based approach to psychological health and wellness. Join a dynamic husband-and-wife team of ACT trainers—John P. Forsyth, PhD, and Jamie R. Forsyth, PhD—and discover a set of life-changing intervention strategies and practices you can use with your clients.

Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and hands-on experiential exercises, you will learn how to integrate ACT effectively into mental health practices and your personal life.

You will explore:

  • ACT’s three guiding pillars, intervention processes, and values
  • The six processes within the ACT model of human suffering and their respective central treatment targets
  • Therapeutic stances, case conceptualization, and common mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression) within the ACT framework
  • Definitions of “fusion,” “experiential avoidance,” and other behaviors that lead to suffering, and mindful and compassionate alternatives
  • The six ACT intervention processes and rehearsing essential intervention skills to cultivate psychological flexibility
  • Discriminating between ACT-consistent and ACT-inconsistent moves and strategies for fostering the ongoing development of ACT-consistent clinical competencies.

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.

Corporate Seminar Conference Team Collaboration Concept

John Forsyth, PhD | Jamie Forsyth, PhD

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

CE Credits available

$895 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Evidence-based acceptance and mindfulness practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society—and for good reason. They offer empowering, liberating solutions that alleviate human suffering.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an influential mindfulness-based approach to psychological health and wellness. Join a dynamic husband-and-wife team of ACT trainers—John P. Forsyth, PhD, and Jamie R. Forsyth, PhD—and discover a set of life-changing intervention strategies and practices you can use with your clients.

Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and hands-on experiential exercises, you will learn how to integrate ACT effectively into mental health practices and your personal life.

You will explore:

  • ACT’s three guiding pillars, intervention processes, and values
  • The six processes within the ACT model of human suffering and their respective central treatment targets
  • Therapeutic stances, case conceptualization, and common mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression) within the ACT framework
  • Definitions of “fusion,” “experiential avoidance,” and other behaviors that lead to suffering, and mindful and compassionate alternatives
  • The six ACT intervention processes and rehearsing essential intervention skills to cultivate psychological flexibility
  • Discriminating between ACT-consistent and ACT-inconsistent moves and strategies for fostering the ongoing development of ACT-consistent clinical competencies.

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

  • Empower your practice with practical skills for integrating mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change processes and then applying those processes.

  • 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 it has flexible, fluid applications in a variety of mental health settings.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • 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.

Accommodations

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

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

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

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

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
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.
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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