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Intersectional Case Conceptualization in ACT

  • 26 Jan 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Zoom
  • 3


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Hello ACBS Community! Please join for us for an upcoming workshop on Intersectional Case Conceptualization in ACT by Dr. Nehjla Mashal, Ph.D.

Workshop Information:

The purpose of this training is to describe the current American Psychological Association (APA) Multicultural Guidelines and how to apply them to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) psychotherapeutic processes. APA has updated guidelines for providing services in a more culturally-informed manner. Intersectionality has been gaining increasing visibility as an important concept in mental health care. Given ACT’s emphasis on context, it is especially suited to explore client’s experiences through an intersectional lens. This workshop combines didactic lecture, short audio clips, case presentations, and experiential exercises so participants can develop the skills necessary to provide psychotherapy aligned with updated APA Multicultural Guidelines and ACT strategies.

Integrating intersectional case conceptualization into ACT delivery may enhance psychotherapy outcomes. Employing ACT strategies informed by intersectionality will help clinicians: 1) maintain therapeutic alliance, 2) repair tears in the alliance, and 3) better understand the clients we serve (have richer case conceptualizations).

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define intersectionality and describe 1-3 real-world examples of intersectionality.

2. Describe the Ecological Model of the new APA Multicultural Guidelines.

3. Develop an ACT-consistent intersectional case conceptualization (ICC).

4. Apply ACT psychotherapy strategies in an ICC-consistent manner.


Dr. Nehjla Mashal, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at Pacific Anxiety Group specializing in evidence-based psychotherapies for anxiety, depression, and trauma in teens and adults. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. Dr. Mashal has a background in treatment outcome research and presents workshops to providers on topics such as assertiveness and effective communication strategies, intersectional case conceptualization, and the use of humor, metaphor, and story in psychotherapy. Dr. Mashal provides clinical supervision to trainees, communicates evidence-based psychotherapy strategies to the public, and occasionally coauthors academic journal articles. Her writing has also appeared in Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Money, Popsugar, and her website,


Fee - $30. All are welcome.

No CEUs available for this workshop.

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