Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Friday, April 26th, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Lisa Coyne, PhD 

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Course Description: 

 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based, contextual behavioral treatment approach that is transdiagnostic and can be used across myriad mental health issues. Treatment targets include experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion, found to be central to mood and anxiety disorders. ACT employs acceptance/mindfulness and valued action/commitment processes to increase clients' ability to increase psychological flexibility. 
ACT developed from a robust empirical base exploring basic verbal processes (i.e., Relational Frame Theory) and has resulted in close to 250 clinical trials, suggesting its efficacy across numerous psychological disorders. This clinical workshop will explore the use of ACT with adults presenting with depression and anxiety. Participants can expect some didactics, video clips, opportunities to practice or experience particular ACT techniques, experiential and role-play exercises, as well as opportunities for case consultation. 

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to: 

1. Describe an overview of ACT for use across psychological disorders.
2. Provide a brief overview of contextual behavioral case conceptualization, assessment, and treatment.
3. Define, illustrate, and practice using all six ACT components.
4. Illustrate how to harness values-based work more specifically and deeply.
5. Illustrate how to harness ACT to deepen therapist-client relationships.
6. Describe how to approach anxiety and depression from an ACT perspective.

Lisa Coyne, PhD, is the founder and senior clinical consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the founder and director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA), and is on the faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation.  She is also a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents, and is a co-author of the book The Joy of Parenting: New Harbinger Press. Her new book, The ACT Guide to Teen Anxiety and OCD, Guilford Press, is expected in 2020.

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Friday, April 26th, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Introduction to ACT and Contextual Behavioral Science
                                                -Overview of the ACT Model
                                                -RFT: A Look Under the Hood of ACT
                                                -Contextual Behavioral Science
                                                -Treatment Targets in Anxiety and Depression
                                                -State of the Research
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
           Setting the Stage for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood: First Sessions and Assessment
                                                -The Therapeutic Stance
                                                -Assessing Avoidance in Anxiety and Depression
                                                -Workability and Creative Hopelessness
                                                -Working with Emotion & Avoidance in Session: A FAP approach  
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Acceptance and Mindfulness Processes
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
 Commitment and Behavior Change Processes
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Participant Questions and Answers