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ACT II with Steve Hayes - Praxis CE Training Event

  • 05 May 2018
  • 8:00 AM (PDT)
  • 06 May 2018
  • 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Four Points Sheraton, San Rafael, CA


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Are you ready to take ACT to the next level in your practice? Have you done introductory ACT trainings, but find it difficult to implement psychological flexibility processes with your clients in a meaningful way? Do you ever get stuck in ACT? Do you sometimes feel unsure about how to use ACT techniques in a fluid and dynamic way to advance therapeutic progress?

ACT II was specifically designed to address these issues. This training is structure a bit differently than most in order to achieve those goals. Instead of a rules-based or lecture-format seminar, ACT II is a “skills building intensive” that relies on round after round of targeted experiential and skills-building exercises. By seeing, doing, and getting feedback, you develop pragmatic skills you can take with you into your clinical practice the next day. The goal is for you to leave the workshop knowing that at any moment, in any session, you will be able to successfully apply ACT techniques in a fluid, flexible manner, leaving you free to move in whatever direction makes sense for your clients in any given context.

How ACT II Works

To create this unique, interactive experience, Steve has developed a comprehensive set of exercises, tools, film clips, and "real plays" (structured therapeutic interactions with attendee volunteers) that will help you become more fluent in ACT micro-skills: reading, targeting, and moving psychological flexibility processes.

Building these skills will help you see psychological flexibility processes in flight and target these processes at will within the therapeutic relationship. This degree of fluency fundamentally changes ACT as an evidence-based therapy. It takes ACT from a kind of linear march into a fluid and dynamic psychotherapeutic dance that can be modified on the fly to fit the demands of your setting, client, and time restrictions.

Just as you cannot learn to dance solely through verbal instructions, you cannot learn how to apply ACT in practice by listening to lectures. Instead, this training helps you learn how to identify evidence-based processes that address clinical challenges in real time.

What You Will Learn

The two days of training will help you:

  • Detect psychological inflexibility in-flight 
  • Conceptualize cases in terms of flexibility processes
  • Target psychological flexibility processes at will at any point in therapy
  • Stay focused on a given flexibility process or shift to another process 
  • Respond to any statement from any corner of the model
  • Develop flexible and productive core intervention skills in ACT
  • Use these skills to create a powerful therapeutic relationship

Audience: For mental health professionals, intermediate to advanced.

Prerequisites: Having attended an ACT I or ACT BootCamp training, or having had some previous introductory training to acceptance and commitment therapy.

Recommended Reading: Learning ACT (2nd ed.)


Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinbger. 

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Hayes, S. C., & Lillis, J. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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