October 21, 2017

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Robyn Walser, Ph.D.

A workshop for WMHC Members Only

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Vanderbilt Suites

ACT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. The objective of ACT is not the elimination of difficult feelings; rather, it is to be present with what life brings us and to “move toward valued behavior.” ACT invites people to open up to unpleasant feelings and learn not to overreact to them or to avoid situations where they are invoked. Its therapeutic effect is a positive spiral where feeling better leads to a better understanding of the truth. The principles of ACT can be applied to the treatment of many different presenting problems.

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D., is the assistant director at the National Center for PTSD at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. During her graduate studies, she developed expertise in traumatic stress, substance abuse, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She has led ACT workshop trainings, both nationally and internationally, since 1998, training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems.

The workshop will include an overview of the principles of ACT and instruction in techniques as well as experiential and clinical practice. Participants will leave with concrete skills to use in his or her practice.Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We are looking into offering CE’s to psychologists, professional counselors, MFTs, substance abuse counselors, behavior analysts and social workers in New York and New Jersey.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We are looking into offering CE’s to psychologists, professional counselors, MFTs, substance abuse counselors, behavior analysts and social workers in New York and New Jersey.

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