ACT Naturally: Increasing Your Therapeutic Effectiveness by Incorporating RFT In-session

 

When: February 28th, 2020   9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: 4405 East West Highway, Suite 403

Speakers: Evan Marks, LCSW and Miranda Morris, PhD

Detailed Schedule:

February 28th - 6 CE credits total

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
 

Cost:      Early Registration (by Jan 1, 2020)                         $75

               Standard Registration (by Feb. 1, 2019)                $85

               Late Registration (after Feb. 20th, 2017)              $100

               CE certificate (6 hours)                                            $10

 

Registration fee covers instruction and coffee/tea.

The activity has approval for 6 CEs for psychologists, counselors, and Maryland social workers.  Please check with your licensing board if you an unsure about APA CE credits.  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.

 

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

 

Refunds: A $15 processing fee will be charged for registration refunds up to Feb 20th. We regret that after Feb 20th refunds cannot be made, but you may request credit toward a future program. If you need a refund, please contact us via email at drmirandamorris@gmail.com.

 

Course Description: 

 

This workshop is designed to introduce individuals who are already familiar with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to the foundations of the model: Behavioral Analysis (BA), Functional Contextualism (FC),  and Relational Frame Theory. The purpose of the training is two fold: 1) to demonstrate the relevance of ACT theory and philosophy to clinical work, 2) to help clinicians increase the precision and efficacy of their interventions with clients.  The workshop is ideal for practitioners who are already practicing ACT (intermediate or advanced) who want to broaden their repertoire and deepen their understanding of ACT

The workshop will begin with the basics of BA and will include a review of operant and respondent conditioning.  From there, we will explore FC, with an emphasis on the pragmatic truth criterion and functional analysis. With this foundation in place, we will explore the basics of language and cognition through an RFT lense.  We will use didactic methods, metaphors and experiential exercises to help give participants a strong grasp on concepts that can be hard for clinicians to hold on to (e.g., arbitrarily applicable relational responding, multiple exemplar training, generalized operants, mutual entailment, combinatorial entailment, and transformation of stimulus function).  In addition, we will use experiential exercises to help participants identity and work with different relational frames and to enhance their sensitivity to context and flexible responding. Throughout the workshop, we will use case examples, group exercises and role/real play exercises to help participants put concepts into practice.

After attending this training you will be able to:

1. Explain operant and respondent conditioning

2. Explain the terms "function" and "context" as used in functional contextual philosophy

3. Describe the pragmatic truth criterion in functional contextualism and how it informs therapeutic intervention. 

4. Explain how derived relational responding is the fundamental element in human language and is a generalized operant

5. Describe the defining features of relational frames: mutual entailment, combinatorial mutual entailment and transformation of stimulus function

6. Identify and describe at least 3 relational frames

7.  Practice using the ABC model in order to create a functional analysis of client behavior

8. Explain rule governed behavior and describe how augmenting, tracking and pliance respectively influence human behavior

 

Instructor Bios: 

Miranda Morris, PhD is an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer who conducts regular trainings in ACT and other contextual behavioral therapies.  She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Miranda uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.  She currently serves on the Board of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is President Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ACBS

 

Evan Marks, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and the owner and operator of Adaptation, a private therapy practice located in Bethesda Maryland.  He specializes in the use of evidenced based therapies including ACT and other contextual behavioral therapies, to treat individuals with substance use, mood, and anxiety disorders. Evan is also a former member at large for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.  

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION Please email Miranda Morris at drmirandamorris@gmail.com 

 

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.). Dr. Morris and Mr. Marks will receive payment for this presentation.  

Past Workshops

ACT in Practice: 

An Experiential Approach to Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

What: A 2 day ACT workshop for beginner to intermediate level practitioners

When: May 10th and 11th, 2019

Where: Bethesda, MD

Who:  Staci Martin, PhD and Miranda Morris, PhD

This workshop will be highly experiential with a focus on helping participants practice and build skills that they can readily integrate into their work.  It’s designed to give participants a strong foundation in ACT theory and practice. The workshop is ideal for beginning practitioners new to the model as well as those already practicing ACT at an intermediate level who want to broaden their repertoire.

Over the course of two days, we will work with participants to assess psychological problems using the ACT model, learn and practice skills related to the core process of ACT, identify and use metaphors and exercises relevant to each of the 6 core processes, use the ACT model to help clients differentiate between ineffective and meaningful actions, and to identify and address experiential avoidance.  In addition, the training will explore the ways in which language and metaphor influence behavior and can be used in therapy to help change behavior.  We will use experiential exercises, small group work and dyad work to encourage participants to practice and enhance new skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Registration (by April 8, 2019)                 $225

Standard Registration (by May 1, 2019)           $255

Late Registration (after May 1, 2017)                $275

CE certificate (12 hours)                                      free

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​​​​Registration fee covers instruction and coffee/tea.

The activity has approval for 12 CEs for psychologists, counselors, and social workers.  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 $25 processing fee will be charged for registration refunds up to April 30th. We regret that after April 30th refunds cannot be made, but you may request credit toward a future program. If you need a refund, please contact us via email at drmirandamorris@gmail.com.

Schedule

 

Instructor Bios:

Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic medical conditions at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She is the Past President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and conducts numerous trainings on ACT to mental health professionals, trainees, and medical patients.

Miranda Morris, PhD is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and conducts regular workshops in ACT and related contextual behavioral therapies. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Miranda uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.  She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is President Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of ACBS.

Day 1  May 10th

 

8:30 – 9:00           Coffee, tea

9:00 – 10:15         Foundations of ACT

10:15 – 10:30       Break

10:30 – 12:15       Defusion and Acceptance

12:15 – 1:15         Lunch

1:15 – 2:30            Present Moment and Self as Context

2:30 – 2:45            Break

2:45 – 4:30            Values and Committed Action

Day 2  May 11th

 

8:30 – 9:00           Coffee, tea

9:00 – 10:15         Figuring out what works

10:15 – 10:30       Break

10:30 – 12:15       Co-creating metaphors

12:15 – 1:15          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30            ACT Roulette

2:30 – 2:45            Break

2:45 – 4:30            Self-Compassion in ACT