Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): From Introduction to Applied Practice
Join us for this 4-part series that introduces participants to the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and guides them from the introductory stage to applied practice with different mental health conditions and scenarios. Participants will learn and practice strategies from each tenet of ACT ranging from brief interventions to more in-depth processes. Case examples will be used throughout, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the instructor questions as well as practice different strategies and processes with guided prompts.
By the end of this series participants will be able to:
1. Describe ACT and its core processes.
2. Identify a strategy/intervention for each process.
3. Identify an opportunity for future learning.
- Session 1: Introduction to the ACT framework (Tuesday, January 16, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET)
The first session will introduce the complete ACT framework and ACT hexaflex and provide an overarching discussion of the goals of this psychotherapy orientation. Similarities and differences with other orientations will also be discussed to contextualize the ACT perspective. This session will also introduce the area of Creative Hopelessness and begin discussion around case conceptualization. Resources for ongoing learning will also be discussed.
- Session 2: Intentional Commitment to Behavior Change: Values and Committed Action (Tuesday, January 30, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET)
The second session will focus on Values and Committed Action in the ACT framework. Rationale, underlying processes, and strategies for practice will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential practice will also be introduced.
- Session 3: Be Here Now: Present Moment Awareness and Self as Context (Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET)
The third session will focus on Present Moment Awareness and Self as Context in the ACT framework. Rationale, underlying processes, and strategies for practice will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential practice will be introduced.
- Session 4: Open Up: Acceptance and Defusion in ACT (Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET)
The forth session will focus on Acceptance and Defusion in the ACT framework. Rationale, underlying processes, and strategies for practice will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential practice will also be introduced. This final session will also wrap up the series with overarching conclusion and opportunities for additional practice.
About the Instructor:
Rachel Waford, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical expertise falls in the area mental health intervention and prevention for individuals with first episode psychosis, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and bipolar disorders. In addition to clinical service, she is involved in community education and advocacy for individuals living with severe and persistent mental health challenges. Dr. Waford currently serves on the board of directors for Community Friendship, INC in Atlanta, GA, an organization that serves adults living with severe mental illness who are at risk for homelessness. She is also a volunteer psychologist serving individuals seeking asylum in Georgia.
Dr. Waford is also a jointly-appointed Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine, both of Emory University. Dr. Waford’s clinical research work has focused primarily on mental health disparities in underserved and oppressed populations. She has significant work experience with culturally appropriate assessment tools for these and other global communities. Her work has also included investigating long-term predictors of well-being, health, and social capital in adulthood, and understanding structural and systemic resources and barriers that moderate recovery for individuals with lived experience.