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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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 This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

When: January 4-5, 2016, 9:00am- 5:30pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100

                 Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 15 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 15 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Fee: $225.00

Presenter: Timothy A. Sisemore, Ph.D.

Timothy A. Sisemore, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga and Atlanta.  He is also adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Dr. Sisemore’s research and practice focuses on anxiety disorders and the relationship of Christian faith and psychology.  His latest book is The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: From the Inside Out. Dr. Sisemore has a forthcoming article on a Christian translation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the journal Christian Psychology.

Topic: This introductory seminar surveys the philosophical and empirical foundations of ACT, introduces the basic ACT hexaflex model, and presents basic techniques for each of the dimensions of the hexaflex: cognitive defusion, acceptance, being present, self-as-context, defining valued directions, and willingness. All which work toward the core skill of psychological flexibility. Some of the empirical support for ACT will be presented, and the model will be interpreted for use with Christian counselees.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate how an evidence based model of counseling can be “translated” for use with a specifically religious population.
  • Explain the context of the development of ACT as a “third generation” behavioral treatment.
  • Describe the role of relational frame theory in ACT.
  • Explain the role of suffering as understood from an ACT perspective.
  • Discuss with clients how acceptance can be helpful in therapy.
  • Help clients identify and pursue valued directions in life.
  • Explain what defusion is and how it improves psychological functioning.
  • Articulate how mindfulness is used in ACT and translated for use with Christians.
  • Identify how psychological inflexibility is a core problem in many disorders.
  • Utilize the hexaflex model to formulate counseling.
  • Cite sources for which empirical evidence supports utilizing ACT.
  • Utilize at least one therapeutic intervention for each of the 6 points of the hexaflex.

January 5

Tentative outline:

Overview of the core terms of ACT and a Christian Translation of them

Introduction to ACT

What is a Christian translation?

Central terms in its philosophy and methodology, and Christian translation of them

Functional contextualism

Relational Frame Theory

Mindfulness

Psychological Flexibility

Self as Context

Values

Committed Action

Introducing the Hexaflex

 

 

January 6

The therapeutic relationship in ACT

Case formulation in ACT

Introducing ACT to clients

Techniques for each point on the hexaflex

Acceptance

Defusion

Contact with the Present Moment

Self-as-Context

Values

Committed Action

A Case Example

 

 

Registration: Click HERE

Please direct your questions regarding registration to Autumn Stephenson at astephenson@richmont.edu.

Refunds must be requested prior to January 4, 2016

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 

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