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Clarifying and Building Values

All clients come to therapy because they want something to change. But often, they are so focused on eliminating painful feelings, thoughts, or sensations, that they don’t know what they want their lives to be about beyond not having these experiences. In many cases, clients have even lost all sense of purpose, and as a result, they can’t to find meaningful satisfaction anymore. There are many methods that help clients manage painful feelings and engage in effective actions. But without a meaningful life direction, these strategies can lack vitality and behavioral changes don’t sustain.

In this training based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), you will learn to help client explore, clarify, and build their own values, and identify actions directed toward these values. You will learn techniques step-by-step through short practical didactics, video demonstrations of in-session interactions (including formal exercises and natural conversations), and practical exercises.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe ACT-RFT principles used to clarify and build values

  • Describe ACT-RFT principles used to identify valued actions

  • Describe ACT-RFT principles used to increase the number of valued actions


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 3 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.



Past Reviews

This is a wonderful and very helpful course. It is really easy to understand and follow. Its step by step presentation of concepts with examples (video illustrations and exercises) helps the reader to comprehend and learn how to apply values based exploration in their work. An excellent course overall. - Maria Karekla, Ph.D.

"Even as an experienced ACT practitioner of 10+ years, I learned some great examples of how to structure my approach to addressing values with my clients.  The video examples and encouragement to practice my new knowledge in the moment really enhanced the learning process." - Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D.