An Introductory Workshop to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Presenter: Kenneth K. Fung, MD

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the “third wave” psychological interventions. Like other “third wave” interventions such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, ACT includes elements of acceptance and mindfulness, and targets functional and contextual changes rather than changes in the content, form, or frequency of mental phenomena. ACT may be especially powerful for “stuck” patients who fail to respond to such direct first order change in therapy. It is garnering increasing empirical support, and the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has now listed ACT as an empirically supported method as part of its National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This day-long workshop will familiarize attendees with the basic philosophy and theory of ACT, namely Functional Contextualism and Relation Frame Theory. The six core components of ACT will be presented. These include: Acceptance, Defusion, Contact with Present Moment, Self-as-context, Values, and Committed Action. The workshop will also explore several core-processes in more depth through experiential group work.

Specific learning objectives:

1. Distinguish the underlying philosophical and theoretical assumptions behind traditional types of psychotherapies versus “third wave” psychotherapies
2. Describe the six core therapeutic components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
3. Formulate an understanding and treatment strategies for clients from an ACT perspective

Program Code: ACT6
Credits: 6
Fees: $65 for no CE credits; $130 for CE credits


  • When

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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