Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Mastering the Basics and Beyond

Live Broadcast Date/Time:

Friday, October 18, 2024 • 12:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Saturday, October 19, 2024 • 1:00 – 3:30 pm ET
Friday, November 8, 2024 • 12:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Saturday, November 9, 2024 • 1:00 – 3:30 pm ET
Friday, December 13, 2024 • 12:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Saturday, December 14, 2024 • 1:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Plus 3 hours of assigned reading


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Course Overview

Behavioural health clinicians across various practice settings face the challenge of achieving positive clinical outcomes with fewer therapy sessions. This creates a demand for trans-diagnostic intervention approaches that deliver powerful results in a limited number of sessions. And that’s where Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) can be highly effective.

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – The Basics

FACT is a concise, process-based therapy that integrates acceptance, mindfulness, and committed action to foster valued life outcomes for clients. It aims to maximize the impact of every therapy session by establishing a between-session behaviour change goal with the client. The core principle of FACT is to treat each session as if it might be the last.

This webinar series is led by Kirk Strosahl, PhD, and Patti Robinson, PhD, world-renowned authors and founders of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The course begins by delving into the fundamental human dilemma—how do we balance the pursuit of meaningful life goals with the management of distressing inner experiences stemming from past or present events?

Clients often believe they can avoid distress while achieving their goals. But this inevitably leads to a futile struggle against natural, albeit uncomfortable, experiences. FACT teaches clients to accept these experiences, live in the present, and align their actions with personal values rather than avoidance motivations. This skill set, known as psychological flexibility, encompasses openness to inner experiences, present-moment awareness, and value-based actions.

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Key Features and Learning Outcomes

Mastering Clinical Skills and Interventions

This portion of the course is dedicated to enhancing core FACT clinical interviewing and intervention skills through the CARE framework. CARE, an acronym for a sequence of clinical tasks, facilitates transformative life changes when applied effectively. Participants will gain expertise through didactic lectures, live demonstrations, and skill-building exercises.

Key learning outcomes include:

  • Conducting rapid, high-yield contextual interviews
  • Utilizing in-session rating scales
  • Identifying and addressing avoidance, approach, and life workability themes
  • Conceptualizing client responses through a FACT perspective
  • Creating impactful problem reframes to foster client motivation and buy-in
  • Employing physical metaphors like the “bullseye” and “life path” to promote behavioural change

Emphasizing the “centre” pillar of psychological flexibility—present moment awareness—participants explore a five-facet mindfulness model to guide clients in healthily engaging with feared and avoided inner experiences. We then cover class and group-level applications of the life path metaphor using a four-session “life path class” model suitable for various settings.

Practical Application and Skill Development

The webinar series is structured to encourage participants to implement newly acquired FACT skills in their practice settings between sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring practical questions to each session for group discussion and role-play demonstrations. Our goal here is to enhance proficiency with the principles and clinical applications of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your clinical practice with Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Join us for this transformative webinar series and achieve powerful, lasting outcomes for your clients.

  • Appreciate client preferences, psychotherapy utilization trends, and process and outcome data that make brief interventions the preferred mode of treatment in many settings.
  • Describe the pivotal role that human language plays as a behaviour regulatory system.
  • Analyze the three “contexts” that influence behaviour and are proper targets for therapeutic intervention.
  • Apply the concepts of rule following, emotional avoidance, and behavioural avoidance as they contribute to psychological rigidity and maladaptive behaviour.
  • Describe the three pillars of psychological flexibility and their specific corrective effects on rule following and avoidance.
  • Apply the TEAMS approach to deconstructing distressing, unwanted inner experiences.
  • Describe the CARE approach to organizing the flow of each therapy session.
  • Conduct a rapid, clinically useful contextual assessment.
  • Administer clinically useful in-session rating scales in each session.
  • Elicit and undermine the client’s unworkable avoidance strategies.
  • Reframe problems within an approach-avoidance framework.
  • Differentiate between different types of problem reframes.
  • Strategically and collaboratively develop between session behavioural experiments for the client to conduct.
  • Apply the Four Square Tool for case conceptualization and treatment planning.
  • Apply the Pillars Assessment Tool for case conceptualization and treatment planning.
  • Understand the central role that present-moment awareness plays in promoting rapid response to therapy.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences between present moment intervention and exposure interventions.
  • Appreciate a five-facet model of mindfulness and how to apply it in therapy.
  • Demonstrate ways to use language to help clients elicit and sustain present moment awareness in proximity to feared and avoided inner experiences.
  • Demonstrate intervention strategies designed to strengthen acceptance, present moment awareness, and value based action.
  • Understand the role that metaphors play in producing transformative change.
  • Apply physical metaphors such as the Bulls’ Eye to create value based behavioural experiments and increase client motivation to follow through.
  • Apply physical metaphors such as the Life Path to create value based behavioural experiments and increase client motivation to follow through.
  • Analyze the application of FACT in group and classroom formats.
  • Apply a four-session “life path class” protocol that can be delivered in any practice setting.

This training offers 24 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

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Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

*Can’t attend live? This webinar will be recorded and archived. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

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Event Detail

October 18, 2024 12:00 pm
December 14, 2024 3:30 pm

Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update, or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices