ACT Package Modules 1-10

This is an On Demand course that will include text posts, handouts, videos, links and more.  You will need an internet browser and a program that can open PDF files.

 

ACT Module 1 - The ACT Therapeutic Stance

This course provides a look at the ACT therapeutic stance. Through the use of text posts and shared resources, participants will examine the experiential practice aspects of ACT and how to relate to clients with openness, curiosity, and compassion.

  • After completing this course participants will be able to:
  • Explain what behaviors you currently do that come from ACT and which do not
  • Rate yourself on ACT core competencies.
  • List four questions that you can use to guide your experiential work with clients.
  • Describe how there is no fundamental barrier between clients and therapists when working from an ACT perspective.

ACT Module 2 - Defusion

This course provides a look at defusion, which is a key concept in the ACT model.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will have an opportunity to learn the three main steps of defusion and then how to apply techniques that help clients gain awareness, think more pragmatically, and respond with greater flexibility.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • List the 3 steps of defusion.
  • Compare and contrast fusion and defusion.
  • Apply techniques to increase awareness of thoughts and responses to thoughts.
  • Apply techniques to help clients assess the effectiveness of responses to thoughts.
  • Apply techniques to help clients increase their response flexibility toward thoughts.
  • Demonstrate how to work with a client who is displaying high fusion levels.

ACT Module 3 - Self as Context

This course provides a look at self-concepts and examines the main components of the flexible self.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will have an opportunity to learn the typical problems seen in therapy that are linked to fusion with self-concepts and will then discover techniques that can be used to assist the client in gaining flexibility and stability in their sense of self.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List four categories of problems seen in therapy that are linked to fusion with self-concepts.
  • Identify the three main components of the flexible self.
  • Apply the main techniques to help clients to gain flexibility toward self-concepts and to strengthen a stable sense of self as "perspective".
  • Apply self as context techniques to help client build a sense of self as a container of experiences.

ACT Module 4 - Values

This course provides a look at the concept of values in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will have an opportunity to look at the definition of values and main qualities. Participants will then learn how to use conversations and exercises with clients to help them identify meaningful purposes and actions connected to these purposes.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List a definition for values that includes the 3 main qualities.
  • Identify 4 main categories of client problems related to values.
  • Apply ACT techniques to help clients identify values through conversations and exercises.
  • Apply ACT techniques to help clients identify valued actions through conversations and exercises.

ACT Module 5 - Motivation

This course provides a look at the concept of motivation in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will learn how the RFT process of augmenting can be used to increase motivation to engage in valued actions and find satisfaction from connecting with values.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the RFT process of augmenting involved in motivation work.
  • Identify definitions of pliance and tracking.
  • Describe how to evoke augmenting when working with a client.
  • Apply augmenting techniques when preparing, performing, and debriefing a valued action.

ACT Module 6 - Acceptance

This course provides a look at the concept of acceptance in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will learn how to normalize clients’ experiences through evolution principles, perspective taking.  Participants will also learn how the therapist can use techniques and display personal qualities in order to promote acceptance in therapy.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how to link ACT processes to evolution principles.
  • Apply two main techniques to promote acceptance in therapy.
  • List two qualities an ACT therapist can embody in order to promote acceptance.
  • Demonstrate the use of the blind writing exercise to promote acceptance.

ACT Module 7 - Present Moment

This course will focus on the present moment (the "here and now").  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will take a look at the importance of the present moment during therapy and learn several techniques that can be used to help clients connect with the present moment in therapy and beyond.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how perspective taking can be used to reconnect with the present moment.
  • List 2 cues that can help a client reconnect with the present moment.
  • Apply reflective listening to help a client be in touch with the present moment.
  • Apply techniques to connect what happens in therapy with the client's life.

ACT Module 8 - Metaphors

This course provides a look at the concept of metaphors in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will learn how to find and build a metaphor, and how to use a client's own metaphors in therapy. Participants will also learn how to unfold metaphors through experiential questions that evoke the client's observation.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the key principles of building a metaphor.
  • List and apply several types of metaphors that can be used with clients.
  • Apply experiential techniques to deliver metaphors in therapy.

ACT Module 9 - Formal Experiential Practice

This course provides a look at the concept of formal experiential practice in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and related materials, participants will learn what experiential practice is, what the benefits of it are, and how to introduce, deliver, and debrief an exercise in session.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List and apply experiential techniques to introduce, deliver, and debrief exercises.
  • Describe two advantages of doing experiential exercises, and in particular, of formal experiential practice.
  • Apply the four questions recommended for doing an experiential practice.
  • Describe the difference between formal and informal experiential practice.

ACT Module 10 - Assessment

This course provides a look at the concept of assessment in ACT.  Through the use of text posts, videos and assessment measures, participants will learn about assessing acceptance and defusion, contact with the present moment and self as context, values and actions.  For each of these areas, participants will also learn how to identify in-session cues that the client may be displaying.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify in-session cues for avoidance, fusion, lack of contact with the present moment, fusion with self concepts, and problems with committed actions or values.
  • Describe and apply 13 assessment measures of ACT processes in your work with clients.

Instructor

Matthieu Villatte, PhD is an author and clinical trainer living in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly Assistant Professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisiana.  He obtained his Ph.D. in France, with an emphasis on clinical behavior analysis and relational frame theory, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Steve Hayes . Matthieu is an ACBS recognized ACT trainer who has facilitated workshops focusing on clinical applications of RFT in North and South America, Australia, and Europe. He is the co-author of the first ACT manual published in French and is associate editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavior Science.  His new book, Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, is co-authored by Jennifer Villatte and Steve Hayes and was released by Guilford Press.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 15.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.