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Robyn Walser - The Heart of ACT

  • 31 Jan 2020
  • 9:00 AM (PST)
  • 01 Feb 2020
  • 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Pier 70 Studio (Dogpatch neighborhood) 2325 3rd Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107
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  • Register by December 20, 2019
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San Francisco Bay Area ACBS Welcomes

Robyn Walser, PhD

Applying Intermediate and Advanced ACT Skills Flexibly in Clinical Practice

A Two-Day Experiential Workshop

Friday - Saturday, January 31 & February 1, 2020

Pier 70 Studio

2325 3rd Street #403

San Francisco

12 CEs for Psychologists

12 CEs for California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs

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.

As of July 2015 the California Board of Behavioral Sciences has designated approval agencies, such as the American Psychological Association.  Providers who have APA approval can offer CE Certificates to BBS Licensees and those CEs can be used for license renewal.(

Acceptance and commitment therapy employs a variety of verbal and experiential processes and techniques to assist clients in making life enhancing choices based on personally held values. The behavioral processes implemented in ACT may be learned and understood at many levels, yet, they may also remain challenging to implement in a flexible, consistent, and effective fashion. Multiple levels of process are present in any therapy, including intervention processes. Moving beyond simple technique and into a fluid ACT intervention requires attending to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and overarching and ongoing processes in the context of the therapy. This workshop will be an intermediate to advanced training focusing on applying ACT to a broad range of issues from four levels of process (i.e. six core processes, interpersonal, intrapersonal, overarching). It will include role plays and guided skills development. Participants will engage in exercises designed to refine and develop their ACT process skills attuning to the relationship and therapeutic stance. Didactics and discussion will be oriented to increasing flexibility in the use of the core processes and consistent application of the model.

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is Director of TL Consultation Services, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Center for PTSD. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 6 books on ACT including a book on learning ACT. She has most recently written a book entitled: The Heart of ACT (  Dr. Walser has expertise in traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles, chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1998; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and she is best known for her dynamic, warm and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

Registration Fees


By December 20, 2019  
Professional Chapter Member $300
Professional Nonmember $360

After December 20, 2019  
Professional Chapter Member $340
Professional Nonmember $400

Student / Intern - Early or Regular  $200
Optional CE Fee                $30

Professionals - Join the Chapter and Save $60!



Pier 70 Studio (Dogpatch neighborhood)

2325 3rd Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107

Street and paid lot parking, and transit very nearby

Wheelchair Accessible 

Included in the training fees:

12 hours of instruction; handouts; morning coffee, tea and bagels, afternoon snacks

Intended Audience:

This training is appropriate for mental health providers with at least an introductory knowledge of ACT.  Participants do not need to identify as primarily ACT therapists to gain from learning the processes explored in this training.

After the training, participants will be able to:

1.       Describe what is meant by therapeutic presence from an ACT perspective.
2.       Explain what is meant by ACT processes in the therapeutic relationship.
3.       Explain the problem of dissemination as it relates to defusion of practice.
4.       Describe the benefit of practicing ACT from the perspective and how it is relevant to therapy.
5.       Explain what is meant by ACT processes and their flexible use with respect to the six core components of ACT.
6.       Describe barriers to fluid implementation of ACT and how to work through these barriers in an ACT consistent fashion.
7.       Describe intrapersonal process from an ACT perspective.
8.       Explain the purpose of self-disclosure and its use in ACT.
9.       Describe interpersonal process from an ACT perspective.
10.   Identify the purpose of interpersonal work and feedback and its use in ACT.
11.   Describe how existentialism plays a role in ACT.
12.   Explain how case conceptualization guides the arc of ACT therapy.

This training is fully supported by fees – there is no commercial support. 

The training is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Format of the Training

Didactic presentation and experiential clinical skills practice.


Friday January 31st, 2020

8:00 - 9:00      Arrive and Sign-In (No CE’s)

9:00 - 11:00    The Licks and Wags Dilemma of Therapy Dissemination (2 hrs)

11:00 - 11:15  Break (No CE’s)

11:15 - 12:30  The Heart of ACT and the Four Levels of Process (1.25 hrs)

12:30 - 2:00    Lunch (No CE’s)

2:00 - 3:30      ACT and the Four Levels of Process, Case Conceptualization and the Arc of Therapy (1.5 hrs)

3:30 - 3:45      Break (No CE’s)

3:45 - 5:00      ACT Skill Building/Supervision (1.25 hrs)

Saturday February 1, 2020

8:00 - 9:00        Arrive and Sign-In (No CE’s)

9:00 - 11:00      ACT Therapeutic Stance and Relationship (2 hrs)

11:00 - 11:15    Break (No CE’s)

11:15 - 12:30    Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Process (1.25 hrs)

12:30 - 2:00      Lunch (No CE’s)

2:00 - 3:30        ACT Core Processes and Intrapersonal Skill Building/Supervision (1.5 hrs)

3:30 - 3:45        Break (No CE’s)

3:45 - 5:00        ACT Process and Interpersonal Skill Building/Supervision (1.25 hrs)

Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration:

  • 21 or more days before the date of the event, we’ll refund all of your registration fee or give you credit to a future event;
  • 20 to 7 days before the event, we’ll refund 75% of your fee;
  • Fewer than 7 days before an event, we’ll refund 50% of your fee.

If you don’t cancel before the event begins, we can’t refund your fees, but we’ll give you a credit toward a future event in the amount of 50% of your registration fee.If we cancel an event for any reason, of course, we’ll refund all of your registration fees.Continuing-education certification fees can be refunded until the day before the event. They become non-refundable on the first day of the event. Continuing-education certification purchased at an event is non-refundable.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Marisa Mazza at or (415) 202-3031

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