Description of ACT in practice 2022
Deepen and empower your work in acceptance and commitment therapy with Dr. Steven Hayes, a visionary co-founder of ACT and the Contextual Behavioral Science movement.
In this online ACT in practice course, you’ll gain access to a new, process-based framework designed to help clinicians who have a solid ACT foundation bridge the gap between theory and practice. You’ll watch Dr. Hayes apply this framework in extensive roleplay sessions and real plays — authentic, unscripted conversations with clinicians about their lives. And you will see his thought process from start to finish as he builds network diagrams, performs functional analysis, makes reads, and plans and implements treatment.
Equipped with this insight, you’ll be able to develop a clear pathway for implementing ACT throughout your therapeutic relationships — and become more effective at cultivating prosperity in the lives of your clients.
In this ACT in practice online training, you will learn about some of the most recent and important developments in all of evidence-based therapy, with an emphasis on seeing them in action so you can put them directly to use in your own practice.
ACT in Practice combines video instruction and exercises with some of the most extensive footage available of an expert applying the psychological flexibility model in strategically designed roleplays and real conversations with healthcare professionals working on personal issues.
In this way, the ACT in Practice course offers both a more advanced ACT experience as well as a highly practical approach.
ACT in Practice course content and materials are in English, and all videos will include subtitle options in English and Spanish.
The example sessions were all conducted remotely, via video call. So you’ll get a chance to see how you can fully engage clients using this expanded framework, even completely online.
Using tried-and-true ACT methods, such as skills exercises, alongside cutting-edge tools, you’ll learn how to gain a deeper understanding of even the most complex cases, make more accurate reads, plan targeted interventions, and apply the Hexaflex model with greater confidence and flexibility.
ACT in Practice is a self-paced, entirely online course.
The 10 modules will be released at a rate of one module per week so you’re able to fully absorb the material before moving on.
However, you’re also welcome to work through the modules more gradually as your schedule permits. With lifetime access to all ACT in Practice material, you will be able to revisit it anytime in the future, including any future updates that are made to the course.
The first 3 modules introduce you to a new, process-based framework that will allow you to apply ACT theory with creativity and confidence.
From the very beginning, you’ll complete exercises to put this framework, and the tools within it, into practice. You’ll also watch Dr. Hayes apply it in three important stages of the client relationship: doing an intake and building a preliminary network diagram, performing a new form of process-based functional analysis, and planning and implementing treatment.
In Modules 4 through 6, you’ll view roleplays with different clients covering work from all corners of the Hexaflex model and will hear Dr. Hayes explain why he made certain choices at critical moments.
Module 7 will focus on how to move to any point on the Hexaflex at any moment and do effective work — even with challenging clients.
In Modules 8 and 9, you’ll hone and test your skill in reading clients’ psychological flexibility, as well as in identifying the processes a therapist is targeting in session.
You’ll conclude the course with Module 10 by improving your ability to discern adequate, good, and excellent ACT interventions, using Dr. Hayes’s example session for practice, which will ultimately make you more effective in your own work.
In the last two modules, you’ll also benefit from the insight of Dr. Robyn Walser and Dr. Kelly Wilson, two of the world’s leading ACT experts, who collaborated with Dr. Hayes for written exercises and a point-by-point discussion of a real play. This will give you an opportunity to measure your skills more objectively while also learning from additional world-class practitioners.
What you will learn in ACT in practice 2022
Module 1: Preliminary Network
- How a process-based framework offers a better way forward than previous efforts to categorize and treat psychological disorders
- The guideposts you can follow throughout the client relationship to better understand someone’s case, choose interventions, and measure outcomes
- Start building the practical skills needed to visualize a client’s case clearly
- See Dr. Hayes’s thought process as he walks you through creating a preliminary network diagram for Mariana, a roleplay client dealing with a history of abuse and struggling to find joy and connection in life
- Draw your own preliminary network diagram based on a case study of Stan, a father experiencing debilitating anxiety that impacts his relationship with his family
Module 2: Functional Analysis
- How process-based functional analysis can help you choose treatment interventions that give you the greatest chance of success
- How to measure a client’s psychological flexibility, your therapeutic alliance with them, and treatment outcomes
- Using an Extended Evolutionary Meta Model to understand clients’ psychology in relation to physiological and social factors
- Watch Dr. Hayes perform functional analysis of Mariana’s case by building on his preliminary network diagram
- Take your preliminary network diagram of Stan’s case to the next stage: creating a functional analysis diagram
Module 3: Treatment Planning
- Turning functional analysis into an effective treatment plan that fits with a client’s goals for therapy
- How to disrupt maladaptive behavior patterns within a case and turn them into self-sustaining adaptive loops that will last even after your work with a client ends
- Review an emotional approach to creative hopelessness for Mariana, a strategy that can be used with clients who are resistant to change
- Watch as Dr. Hayes creates a treatment plan diagram for Mariana and shares his thought process
- Based on your functional analysis diagram from Module 2, draw a treatment planning diagram that helps you map out impactful interventions for Stan
Module 4: Acceptance and Defusion
- Identify reads and interventions related to emotional and cognitive flexibility (acceptance and defusion)
- How to target these two processes indirectly through other areas of psychological flexibility, and vice versa, opening up more options for meaningful intervention
- Watch a 3-part roleplay with Mariana showing key elements of the treatment plan created in Module 3
- Examples of how to successfully implement defusion and perspective-taking exercises, and how to repurpose pain into values-based action
Module 5: Present Moment and Self-As-Context
- Review psychological flexibility reads and interventions related to touching the “now” and sense of self
- How to move these processes indirectly through other corners of the hexagon in order to expand your flexibility during sessions
- View a 3-part roleplay with Sally, a client experiencing depressed mood as she flounders without a sense of purpose in retirement
- See Dr. Hayes taking a psychoeducational approach to creative hopelessness within the roleplay
- Examples of how to successfully implement present moment exercises and the “devil’s advocate” approach to clarifying values
Module 6: Values and Committed Action
- Identify reads and interventions related to values and committed action
- How interventions in these two areas can impact other core processes that support them, increasing your efficacy with clients
- Watch a 3-part roleplay with Stan, which includes a values approach to creative hopelessness
- See examples of how to successfully implement the “advisor” values exercise and an ACT-based exposure exercise to channel anxious energy into committed action
Module 7: Hexadancing
- How hexadancing works and why it can be a useful approach to implementing ACT
- See hexadancing used effectively in a real play session with a clinician who longs to connect more deeply with his wife and community
- Understand the importance of extending flexibility processes out socially, and see a demonstration of how it’s possible
- How ACT work fits into the larger arc of mindfulness, acceptance-based approaches, and contemplative practice
- Complete 3 exercises in which you’re presented with progressively more challenging statements from clients and must decide on appropriate ACT responses, which you can then compare with Dr. Hayes’s answers and explanations
Module 8: Practicing Reads Skills
- Participate in a classic training technique used by the original ACT founders in order to hone your ability to make accurate reads
- Boost your skills so you can quickly read psychological flexibility processes in the moment
- Watch a real play in which Dr. Hayes works with a woman experiencing excessive worry and difficulty staying in the present moment
- Practice reading a client’s psychological flexibility processes based on the real play transcript, and start identifying which processes Dr. Hayes is targeting and how
- Compare your work to Dr. Hayes’s and begin to understand your strengths and weaknesses at reading the psychological flexibility processes
- Learn from Dr. Hayes as he explains what he was observing and thinking during the example session
Module 9: Reads Skills Test
- Watch a real play in which Dr. Hayes works with a man who feels stuck when it comes to caring for his health
- Assess your skill in reading psychological flexibility processes, as well as discerning which processes Dr. Steven Hayes is targeting, using the real play transcript
- Compare your answers to those of Dr. Steven Hayes and Dr. Robyn Walser, another premier ACT expert, to help you objectively identify areas for improvement
- Learn from Dr. Hayes as he explains what he was observing and thinking during the example session
- Ultimately, become more proficient in making accurate reads so you can apply ACT more confidently and respond flexibly to what comes up in sessions
Module 10: Assessing ACT Interventions
- View a real play in which Dr. Hayes explores the connection between loss and love with a woman yearning for freer intimacy in her relationships
- Use a therapist rating scale to score interventions within the real play for their efficacy and how well they correspond with ACT principles
- Review written and audio commentary by three of the world’s leading ACT experts — Dr. Steven Hayes, Dr. Robyn Walser, and Dr. Kelly Wilson — explaining why certain choices are (or are not) effective in a given context
- Hone your skill at judging the efficacy of ACT-appropriate moves, so you can finetune your own interventions and make a bigger impact as a practitioner
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About Steven C. Hayes
Dr. Steven Hayes, the originator of acceptance and commitment therapy and one of its key co-developers, is a Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
His work has been celebrated with several awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.
With 46 books and nearly 650 scientific articles published, Dr. Hayes is one of the most cited psychologists in the world as he continues to innovate in the field of psychology.
Questions and Answers
1, How much prior ACT experience is needed to take this ACT in Practice course?
This ACT in Practice course assumes a solid, intermediate-level foundation in ACT theory and the model. Before joining, you should have a deep understanding of psychological flexibility processes and the Hexaflex, as well as a working ability to use these concepts with clients.
You will be prepared for this course if one or more of the following applies to you:
- You’ve studied ACT books and are applying ACT in your practice
- You’ve attended trainings such as ACT BootCamp™ or ACT BootCamp™ for BAs
- You’ve done an introductory training (such as ACT 1 or ACT Basics) and an intermediate ACT 2 training
- You’ve been through ACT Immersion (Dr. Hayes’s course that provides a comprehensive foundation in ACT concepts and skills)
This is not an exhaustive list of ways to build a strong ACT foundation. If you do not have this exact experience but feel you are at a solid intermediate level, we encourage you to join the course and see how it works for you. If you find ACT in Practice isn’t a good fit, you can get in touch with us at [email protected] within the first 14 days for a full, unconditional refund.
If you are new to ACT, see the question below.
2, What if I’m new to ACT?
If you do not have a solid, intermediate-level foundation in ACT already, we recommend first completing some broadly focused but in-depth training like ACT Immersion. This is Dr. Hayes’s first online course that provides a deep-dive into foundational ACT and an understanding of its use as a process-based therapy. (It is eligible for 24 CEs/CMEs. Prior to registering, please review complete CE/CME information by clicking here: CE/CME Details). ACT in Practice was designed to follow on from ACT Immersion, so if you are unsure of your level, you can be confident in your preparation if you begin with ACT Immersion.
3, What is the difference between ACT Immersion and ACT in Practice?
ACT Immersion is another online, on-demand course made by Dr. Hayes. It provides a deep-dive into foundational ACT and an understanding of its use as a process-based therapy. In many ways, it is geared toward ACT beginners since it lays important groundwork on psychological flexibility processes, the Hexaflex model, and core human yearnings. However, many practitioners with prior ACT experience also take it to fortify their knowledge of the model.
ACT in Practice was designed as a more advanced course that, in a sense, picks up where ACT Immersion leaves off. It assumes a solid foundation in the model and builds on that understanding through skills exercises and by introducing a framework of practical tools. Its focus is on helping practitioners use the ACT theory they already know more fluidly and effectively in real time. Unlike ACT Immersion, this course does not provide an introduction to ACT; a strong, existing basis in the method is needed to successfully follow along.
If you still need to build your foundation, ACT Immersion is a great place to start. If, however, you already have a deep fundamental understanding of ACT as a process-based therapy and are actively using it in your work, ACT in Practice will be a good fit for you.
4, How does this ACT in Practice course compare to other Praxis trainings?
Many of Praxis’s online ACT courses focus on a particular application or client group, such as those working with teens or children, practitioners who specialize in trauma, or behavior analysts. Others, like the ACT 1 online course with Matt Boone, are short introductions. ACT in Practice, while comprehensive, is a more foundational course geared toward ACT beginners and those who want to solidify a strong theoretical foundation and reinforce basic skills.
By contrast, ACT in Practice is designed to expand on a fundamental understanding of the psychological flexibility model and make it highly practical with a new, process-based framework. In the course, you’ll learn how to use cutting-edge tools that can guide your work throughout the therapeutic relationship, from case conceptualization to assessment and through treatment.
5, I work with a lot of complex cases or unique populations. Will this be useful for me?
Yes, it will. In part, this course is designed to make it easier to apply ACT effectively with complex cases. Using cutting-edge tools and process-based thinking, it shows you how to form a better understanding of case features and the relationships between them, while making it possible to identify areas where meaningful work can be done. There is also specific training in the course on how to respond quickly and effectively when a client says something especially challenging. In this way, it will help you work more flexibly and effectively with difficult cases and clients.
6, I’m quite experienced in ACT. Would this be a good fit for me?
This course provides insight into some of the most recent process-based developments in ACT and all of evidence-based therapy, so it will be highly useful even for those who are experienced with the model and its principles. The new tools you’ll learn inside ACT in Practice will help you expand your work and tailor it even more effectively to the needs of your clients.
At the same time, you’ll be introduced to concepts that will determine where the entire field is heading, and how we’ll deal with human problems as a global community. In addition, you will see more actual clinical work by Dr. Hayes than in any other existing course — and experienced ACT people generally say they learn a great deal by watching Dr. Hayes work.
7, I’m not a psychotherapist. Can I take this ACT in Practice course?
If you have a solid foundation in the ACT model and your work involves helping people unlock their potential, you will absolutely benefit from this course. While this has been designed specifically from a therapy perspective, many elements of the training will apply to any human interaction designed to change behavior and can be applied to any behavior-change task. So if you come to this from a non-behavioral wing or a non-psychology discipline altogether, you’ll still feel deeply supported in what you care about and the work that you do.
8, I’m a behavior analyst. Would this be a good fit for me?
If you already have foundational knowledge of ACT, then absolutely, yes. In a way, this course is beginning to fulfill the original promise of behavior analysis itself by bringing functional analytic principles to private events and verbal behavior. Inside, you will learn how to use a new form of process-based functional analysis that’s based on behavioral principles as extended by ACT principles. Because of this, it directly builds on the new requirements in the BCBA task list to know about equivalence-based instruction methods and the use of derived relational responding in analysis.
Of course, you will see a psychotherapy application in the course, but the lion’s share of it will be things you can use directly in your BCBA practice, such as approaches you could deploy in work with parents, teachers, staff, or other individuals you work with.
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