A Mindful Approach to Maintaining Ethical


Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals




Date and time:  Friday November 9th, 2018   9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Where: Fenton Room, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910


What to expect


This workshop is about using mindfulness skills to integrate your personal and professional ethics into your work - every day, moment to moment, with a culturally diverse clientele. It is about approaching ethics and cultural diversity in a way that is personally and professionally meaningful. Specifically, this 6-hour training is designed to provide a mindful perspective to the ethical guidelines and multicultural considerations for mental health professionals. We will use the basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to explore how ethical dilemmas can be considered from a stance of mindful awareness, acceptance, and psychological flexibility. We will also explore how mindful attention to thoughts and feelings about gender, religious, and minority groups can serve to strengthen our therapeutic interventions. We will provide examples of challenging situations and discuss how processes such as experiential avoidance may contribute to negative outcomes. We will also consider how approaching these situations from a mindful stance may increase the likelihood of actions that are consistent with ethical standards. Finally, we will use experiential exercises to encourage participants to connect with their values surrounding ethical work and cultural fairness, and their identities as ethical scientists and practitioners. Attendees will participate in large group didactic instruction, will discuss ethical dilemmas in small groups, and will engage in role plays and experiential exercises. 














The day is structured so as to ensure that participants get support and feedback.  Along with large group instruction, we’ll have trainers working directly with small groups.   This is a great way to challenge yourself and develop the skills associated with better ethical practice and clinical outcomes.


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Registration fee covers instruction, CE certificate, and coffee/tea.



The activity is approved for CEs for psychologists and social workers. 


This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886637864-8175) for 6 continuing education contact hours.  The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive continuing education credits.  CE credits are not given for the 8:30 – 9:00 AM coffee/tea time, lunch time, or the 15-minute breaks.  


Refunds: A $35 processing fee will be charged for registration refunds up to November 2nd.  We regret that after November 3rd refunds cannot be made.  If you need a refund, please contact us via email at


No commercial support was obtained for this CE program or for the instruction content that could be construed as a conflict of interest.  No commercial support is being sought for an endorsement of any product (e.g., books, drugs, etc.).



Questions?  Please contact us at





Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using mindfulness and ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic pain at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  For more than 15 years, she has worked with chronic illness populations including cancer, HIV, and sickle cell disease.  She recently completed a pilot study using ACT with adolescents with chronic pain.  Since 2012, she has been on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (MAC-ACBS); ACBS is the international ACT organization.  She currently holds the office of President. Her research and clinical work on ACT has been presented at the ACBS World Conferences in 2012 and 2014, as well as various medical conferences and educational events. She has conducted several CE workshops for professionals in the DC area.

Miranda Morris, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.   Miranda is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and has conducted many CE workshops for professionals in the DC area.  She is passionate about sharing ACT with others and endeavors to make all of her trainings engaging and accessible.




Early Registration (by October 22nd, 2018)          $135

Standard Registration (by October 23rd, 2018)    $155

Late Registration (after November 2nd, 2017)      $165

Detailed Schedule


8:30 – 9:00        Coffee, tea

9:00 – 10:15      Program

10:15 – 10:30    Break

10:30 – 12:15    Program

12:15 – 1:15      Lunch

1:15 – 2:30        Program

2:30 – 2:45        Break

2:45 – 4:30        Program

Past participants have said of past DC ACT Ethics workshops:


"Best ethics class I have ever taken!  Thank you!"


                        "Very thought provoking and engaging..."


                                                                 "Very effective; good interpersonal and group exercises..."


                                                                                                           "So helpful to have this perspective on ethics."