It's often said that ACT is an exposure-based technology. ACT teaches clients to flexibly contact what they fear instead of unnecessarily avoiding and escaping it, and formal exposure exercises are included in ACT protocols for anxiety. However, if you come from outside the cognitive behavioral tradition, it's unlikely that you've had any training in exposure. What exactly is exposure, and how do you do it? Even if you've been trained in traditional CBT, studies suggest you might be reluctant to use exposure techniques even when they are called for. Exposure can be hard to facilitate. It usually evokes high levels of discomfort in our clients, and our natural tendency to minimize our clients' discomfort can pull us to avoid it. This webinar will offer an introduction to exposure therapy from both the ACT and traditional CBT perspectives, noticing their commonalities and differences. Formal exposure techniques for feared sensations (interoceptive exposure), avoided places and situations (in vivo exposure), and troubling thoughts and memories (imaginal exposure) will be discussed and tied conceptually to the kind of informal exposure that is built-in to ACT.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMEastern Time
*Please note that complete attendance is necessary at all required training sessions for continuing education certification. No partial CE will be awarded.
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