Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dates: Feb. 11 - 12, 2020

Where: The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego, California

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Vowles

Fee: $550 ($50 off for first 5 registrants)

Chronic pain can be a source of immense human suffering and disability. There is emerging evidence indicating that as pain sufferers set aside struggles for control over pain, attend to present experiences, and engage in meaningful activities, they suffer less and function better. These treatment processes are respectively referred to as acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action. The literature suggests these processes are highly relevant in the treatment of chronic pain, where the best researched therapy model has been Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of CBT that directly targets these processes.

This workshop will provide an overview of the theoretical model underlying ACT and will include significant opportunities for clinical practice. The majority of the seminar will be spent in experiential, skill building, and case conceptualization exercises with training modalities including a mix of didactic instruction, modeling, and practice / role play. Opportunities for consultation, instruction, and feedback will also be provided.

At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to more adequately identify targets for treatment in those suffering from chronic pain and directly apply interventions to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and values.

Learning Objectives: After completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of complexity in chronic pain from an ACT perspective and an enhanced skill base when it comes to addressing this complexity.

2. Apply practiced clinical exercises to initiate an effective direction in treatment.

3. Apply practiced clinical exercises designed to augment acceptance and mindfulness, as well as aid in values clarification and the promotion of values-based action for use in chronic pain settings.

4. Utilize received training and reference materials in clinical practice.

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