Values work is an integral component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It can be argued that values are the core of the therapy, guiding every ACT intervention; they provide the “why” in any ACT-based treatment plan. In addition, it is often the values emphasis in ACT, with its shift away from focusing on symptom-reduction or psychopathology towards creating meaning, purpose, and vitality, that draws both clients and clinicians to ACT. However, clinicians often find it difficult to move beyond simply articulating values in a conceptual way to knowing how to bring values alive for their clients. Read more
Day 1 of the workshop will introduce ACT, both as an approach and set of intervention strategies, as applied to all the major anxiety disorders. This workshop will use a combination of didactic and experiential activities and will be intensely practical. Participants will be encouraged (but never forced or coerced) to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to their own lives, and then also in the context of their clinical work. Worksheets and other practical tools will be provided. Read more
Day 2 of the workshop focuses on the nuanced application of exposure-based interventions within ACT, and their use in helping those struggling with anxiety and fear-related difficulties. If you have previous experience with ACT for anxiety disorders and want to skip the first day, you can sign up for just day 2, however, we still recommend the attendance of Day 1 even for experienced ACT practitioners. Read more
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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Guide to Learning ACT
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