Introduction to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Course image: colorful hands and text Introduction to Assertive Community Treatment

This 2-hour self-paced course is designed to introduce the evidence-based practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for ACT team members, and those who oversee ACT teams at various levels (e.g., agency, state). Covering the origins and philosophy, and core elements of high-fidelity ACT, this course provides an overview for those new to the model or who have limited experience with ACT. It can also be used as a 'refresher' training for existing team members. The model is discussed in application through three fictional ACT service recipients, that have been informed by decades of experience by the course creators, Lorna Moser, PhD (UNC), and Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD (UW).


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how ACT originated within the mental health system
  • Identify the population for whom ACT is intended to serve
  • Name at least 4 key features of ACT    
  • List at least four team member roles within a fully staffed ACT team
  • Describe the importance of fidelity to the ACT model

Certificate of Completion/Contact Hours Available 

Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUS with your licensing/credentialing entity. 

The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.



 Lorna Moser   Lorna Moser, PhD, Lorna Moser, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Best Practice, Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.
headshot of Dr. Maria Monroe-Devita   Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Co-Director of the SPIRIT Lab and the Washington State Center of Excellence in Early Psychosis.


Registration and Technical Support

This online course was created by the Northwest Region 10 Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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