This workshop will provide an overview of how shame and self-criticism can keep clients stuck in unworkable patterns of behavior and how this literature informs interventions for chronic self-criticism and shame. Therapists will have an opportunity to experience various ACT and self-compassion exercises in relation to their own tendencies toward self-criticism or shame. Therapists can expect to walk away with an increased experiential and practical understanding of how to use acceptance, mindfulness, perspective-taking, and values interventions with clients suffering from chronic shame and self-criticism.
This workshop will explore the ACT theory of self and its centrality in working with shame, self-criticism, and the development of self-compassion. In addition to focusing on the conceptualized self, we will also examine how the client’s construction of the therapist is important in working with these types of clients. A particular focus of this workshop will be on the use of perspective taking interventions to help clients develop newer and more flexible ways of relating to themselves.
This brief workshop is designed to help participants move from a more conceptual understanding of values to getting a taste for how more experiential and relationally-based values work can supercharge therapy. The workshop will include a general overview of the fundamentals of values work in ACT (i.e. the “what”, “why”, “when”, and “how” of values from an ACT perspective). However, the emphasis in the workshop will be on identifying strategies for bringing the qualities of effective values conversations (e.g. vitality, choice, present-focused, and willing vulnerability) into the therapy room. The workshop will also provide participants with suggested strategies for addressing common pitfalls and difficulties often encountered in doing values work. Participants will have opportunities to both observe demonstrations and practice in small groups with the benefit of feedback.
Free Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Peer Consultation Group
Second Friday of every month from 3:30-5:30pm
It’s easy to get isolated and disconnected from the support of other professionals, leading to reduced vitality at work and burnout. One antidote to isolation is collaboration and community. Portland Psychotherapy hosts a free peer consultation group for therapists who are interested in developing and maintaining their ACT skills. Read more.
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