Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Presenter: Patricia A. Forde, MA, RN 

Date/Time: Friday, February 7, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm 

Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 24, 2020
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 24. Use Promo Code ACTStudent at checkout. 

CEUs: 6


ACT is a third wave cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness skills to develop psychological flexibility and help clarify and direct values-guided behavior. According to Dr. Russ Harris, ACT is…

“… a therapy that makes no attempt to reduce symptoms, but gets symptom reduction as a by-product. A therapy firmly based in the tradition of empirical science, yet has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self."

ACT has been endorsed as a best practice by SAMHSA, (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Since 1999, thousands of practitioners have received ACT training. ACT has been used by hundreds of programs and agencies, ranging from those that include ACT as a component of their treatment regimen to organizations that use the ACT model for their entire treatment program. According to Harris, ACT has proven effective with a wide range of clinical conditions, including anxiety, depression and substance use. 

In this 6-hour introductory course, learn how the components of the ACT model can deepen personal awareness of values to guide behaviors and psychological flexibility to create a rich and meaningful life. ACT will create greater awareness of self, relationships to others and the world around us by using the model’s six core processes: Contact with the Present Moment, Defusion, Acceptance, Self as Context, Values Clarification, Committed Action. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants completing this course will be able to:
1. Identify and describe the six core flexibility processes of the ACT model
2. Identify and describe the six core inflexibility processes of the ACT model
3. Navigate and identify where a client is on the hex-a-flex diagram
4. Demonstrate at least 3 ACT tools to practice with clients
5. Describe the difference between values and goals
6. Describe and demonstrate how values clarification and committed action work together to create meaningful goals
7. Explain how integrating ACT into your practice can positively impact your work with clients. 

About the Presenter: 

Patricia A. Forde, MA, RN , founder of the MindHealingSM Institute, brings a unique combination of experience and expertise to her work promoting the vitality, resilience, productivity and creativity of individuals and organizations. While enjoying a career with several Fortune 500 retail corporations, Pat was confronted with a series of tragedies in her own family, which added the role of caregiver to her already busy schedule as executive and mother. In response, she developed a successful business developing and selling adaptive clothing and equipment for persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

In an effort to better appreciate the challenges that face persons with disabilities and their caregivers, Pat augmented her undergraduate degree in business with Master level studies in health care and aging. Then she furthered her knowledge base by adding her RN license, ultimately switching careers. 

After studying ACT with Drs. Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Russ Harris and John Forsythe in workshops and conferences, Pat integrated her personal practice of meditation, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) and other wellness techniques into her contacts with patients and associates. 

For the past 10+ years, she has brought her practice to corporate, healthcare and wellness settings ranging from individuals, groups, homeless shelters, rehabilitation agencies and private clubs. Pat says that her service using ACT with persons who are homeless was transformational. She has observed first-hand the healing power of these techniques, especially ACT and mindful meditation in cases of trauma, stress and hurt. 

Small Print: 

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations please complete the Application for Support Services and submit with documentation of your disability to mshaw@health.fau.edu. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will process the application and contact you to discuss your accommodation needs. SAS requires that this information be provided at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Professional Development Course, so that we have sufficient time to set up the accommodations requested. Thank you!

Participants must be present for the entire training to receive CEUs. Partial CEU credit will not be given.

Refunds minus a $30 administrative fee allowed for cancellations up to 14 days prior to workshop. No refunds after 14 days prior to workshop. Refunds or transfers to other course dates may be permitted in cases of documented personal or immediate family medical emergency, when the same course is being offered on multiple dates, at the discretion of the Professional Development Coordinator. Registrations may not be transferred to another individual. Printed course materials will only be provided to those who attend the course. To request a refund or transfer, please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu.

If you have any questions about Professional Development please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu or 561-297-6680. 

Friday, February 7 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work

Event Type

Lecture, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc., Workshops/trainings




$175; $150 Early Bird until January 24, 2020. A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 24. Use Promo Code ACTStudent at checkout.

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