- Lesson 1: ACT – Getting Started
- Lesson 2: Creative Hopelessness: Drop the Struggle
- Lesson 3: Mindfulness as an ACT Super-Power: Identifying Our Pain
- Lesson 4: Moving from Avoidance to Acceptance
- Lesson 5: Identifying and Committing to Values for Sustainable Behaviour Change
- Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Stuck Points
ACT SYMPOSIUM AGENDA
ACT Symposium Agenda
Margit I. Berman
Title: ACT - getting started
Lesson1 Learning Objectives:
- Understand the theoretical foundations of ACT and the six core processes.
- Understand the nature of the human mind in helping us cope with difficulty.
- Cultivate awareness around our own expectations when using ACT.
- Introduce ACT approaches to clients to enable informed consent to ACT.
Title: Creative Hopelessness: Dropping the Struggle
Lesson 2 Learning Objectives:
- Understand the principles of creative hopelessness as an ACT strategy and how and when to use it with clients.
- Identify common client evaluations of their previous strategies for change, and use these to determine if ACT is a promising approach for the client.
- Understand the “magic wand fantasy” and why weight loss goals are so compelling.
- Be able to elicit clients’ magic wand fantasies and use these to develop a map for treatment and set goals.
Title: Mindfulness as an ACT super-power, Identifying our pain
Lesson 3 Learning Objectives:
- Understand the rationale for setting a strong foundation of mindfulness practice in ACT.
- Develop language and a shared understanding of mindfulness principles and practices within yourself, and then in turn with your clients.
- Identify ways in which key mindfulness practices links with key ACT principles.
Title: Moving from Avoidance to Acceptance
Lesson 4 Learning Objectives:
- Apply acceptance-based skills and techniques to enhance clients’ mental and physical wellness.
- Extend and customize acceptance-based skills and techniques to clients’ specific weight, eating, and body-image concerns.
- Define acceptance and avoidance and understand how these function for clients.
- Create experiential acceptance exercises for clients based on their own concerns.
Title: Identifying and Committing to Values for Sustainable Behaviour Change
Lesson 5 Learning Objectives:
- Understand the relationship between values, acceptance, and committed action.
- Demonstrate ability to differentiate between values and goals, able to use each appropriately.
- Identify and help clients identify disconnection from values and how this relates to eating concerns in nutrition therapy.
- Create experiential values interventions for clients.
Title: Committed Action: Putting it all together
Lesson 6 Learning Objectives:
- Identify, explore, and challenge clinician’s own expectations regarding client change.
- Prepare effective interventions to challenge client to make behavioral changes and when to support them in stuck places, being able to skillfully know when to use each skill.
- Understand the relationship between avoidance, acceptance, values, and change, and be able to teach this to clients.
- Develop interventions and collaborative treatment plans that help clients stay in committed action.
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