Course Description

Benji Schoendorff and Fabian Olaz

In the movement toward transdiagnostic processes, the concepts of psychological flexibility and experiential avoidance are among the most useful to psychotherapists. With colleagues, Benji Schoendorff and Fabian Olaz have advanced the use of the Matrix (Polk, Schoendorff, Webster, Olaz, 2016). In this brief introduction, you will learn their model of how to conceptualize and intervene from the inside-out! You will learn how to use the matrix clinically by applying the concepts to your own burnout and wellbeing as a therapist. This will allow you to generalize your experiential learning to work with clients.

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio.  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Benji Schoendorff is the Director of the Contextual Psychology Institute in Montreal and is a sought-after ACT and FAP trainer who has given over 210 workshops the world over. He is a licensed psychologist with an infectious passion for training. His blend of humor, compassion and finely honed clinical skills make for a compelling training experience. Author and co-author of books, chapters and articles on ACT and FAP, Benji is most proud of the Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix (2016), a step-by-step approach to supercharging your ACT and FAP practice with the matrix. Benji loves to learn-currently the guitar and Spanish. Most of all, he loves living near Montreal with his beloved wife and colleague Marie-France Bolduc, son Thomas and step-daughters Ariane and Camille.  

Fabián O. Olaz, Psy.D. is a Psychological Doctor, Adjunct Professor, Researcher and Director of the Interpersonal Behavior Laboratory in the Faculty of Psychology, National University of Córdoba. ACT and FAP psychotherapist, he is a well know trainer in Argentina, Brazil, Perú and other south American countries. Trainer of the Contextual Psychology Institute (Canadá), Clinical supervisor and Clinical Director of the Center of Contextual Psychotherapy in Córdoba, Argentina. ACBS member and representative for Argentina of the Iberoamerican Psychological Association of Clinical and Health. He is an expert Matrix model practitioner and one of the coauthor of "The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix". He wrote six book chapters about ACT, and is writing two books in Spanish about ACT and the Matrix has also written six books, five book chapters and dozens of articles about cognitive psychology and social skills training.

CE Credit:

The Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  EBPI has allocated 1.5 CE Credits within APA guidelines for the course.  After attending the webinar and completing a course evaluation form, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.



Registration Ends on:
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cost: $45

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to apply this model to treat one's own burnout and move toward wellbeing.
  • Describe how to prompt clients to evaluate the workability of moving away behavior.
  • Describe how to prompt clients to notice and name their stuck loops.
  • Describe how to prompt to notice the difference between what can be controlled (five senses experience) and what gets more sticky as one attempts to control it (inner experience).