Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for People with Health Conditions
This training is only open to licensed mental health providers. Over the past decade, scores of articles have been written on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with individuals with various medical conditions. People with chronic health conditions invest much of their energy into controlling their symptoms and tend to avoid meaningful activities. ACT incorporates processes such as mindful attention to the present moment, acceptance of difficult thoughts and feelings, distancing ourselves from thoughts, and commitment to valued actions. These processes are practiced with the aim of increasing psychological flexibility, a trait that has been linked to positive well-being. This interactive workshop is designed for practitioners who are new to ACT and for those familiar with the model. Skills building of ACT approaches will be incorporated via experiential exercises, case presentations, and role-playing exercises. In addition, the presenters will demonstrate how to use metaphors, mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment to valued activities to target health behavior change such as increasing daily functioning (work/school, physical activity, social activities) and health-promoting behaviors (medication taking, nutrition, exercise). Exercises for helping people cope with chronic pain will be included as well. Objectives 1) Discuss how people with chronic health conditions use avoidance and fusion in the context of their illness2) Describe two ACT exercises that can be helpful for clients with health conditions3) Participants will learn the foundational concepts in ACT4) Explain why self-compassion work is relevant in individuals with chronic health conditions About the Presenters Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic pain at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. For more than 20 years, she has worked with chronic illness populations including cancer, HIV, and sickle cell disease. Since 2012, she has been on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the international ACT organization; she currently holds the office of President. She also is on the board of the Pain and Contextual Medicine special interest groups within ACBS, and co-chairs the Pain special interest group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Moreover, her research and clinical work has been presented at four past ACBS World Conferences, and at medical and psychology conferences across the country. Miranda Morris, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”. Prior to establishing her private practice, she worked for seven years in the not-for-profit sector with survivors of trauma and individuals with chronic mental illness. Dr. Morris co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS (MAC-ACBS) and currently serves on the MAC Board as Past President. As such, she provides local workshops and individual supervision in ACT for professionals and graduate students Continuing Education Information Rathbone & Associates is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for the programs and their content. These trainings qualify for Category I continuing education units. Please contact your state board for verification of reciprocity with other states and professions. In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session. Rathbone & Associates is a sponsor of continuing education credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rathbone & Associates maintains
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