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2020 IPA Fall Conference
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 8:30 AM to Sunday, October 11, 2020, 5:00 PM CST
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ACT 2 – Naperville, IL

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Clinical Skills-Building Intensive

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Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Cofounder of ACT, leader of contextual behavioral science, and renowned author

13 CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )

October 10 - 11, 2020
8:30am - 5pm

Embassy Suites Chicago Naperville
1823 Abriter Court
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Available Discounts

  •     Groups of 3 or more professionals receive 20% off at checkout
  •     Register by August 29 to save $50 on professional registrations
  •     Student registrations are not eligible for ANY discount
  •     Discounted price will appear in the cart.

About This Workshop

Are you ready to take ACT to the next level in your practice? Have you done introductory ACT trainings, but find it difficult to implement psychological flexibility processes with your clients in a meaningful way? Do you ever get stuck in ACT? Do you sometimes feel unsure about how to use ACT techniques in a fluid and dynamic way to advance therapeutic progress?

ACT 2 was specifically designed to address these issues. This training is structure a bit differently than most in order to achieve those goals. Instead of a rules-based or lecture-format seminar, ACT 2 is a “skills building intensive” that relies on round after round of targeted experiential and skills-building exercises. By seeing, doing, and getting feedback, you develop pragmatic skills you can take with you into your clinical practice the next day. The goal is for you to leave the workshop knowing that at any moment, in any session, you will be able to successfully apply ACT techniques in a fluid, flexible manner, leaving you free to move in whatever direction makes sense for your clients in any given context.

How ACT 2 Works To create this unique, interactive experience, Steve has developed a comprehensive set of exercises, tools, film clips, and "real plays" (structured therapeutic interactions with attendee volunteers) that will help you become more fluent in ACT micro-skills: reading, targeting, and moving psychological flexibility processes.

Building these skills will help you see psychological flexibility processes in flight and target these processes at will within the therapeutic relationship. This degree of fluency fundamentally changes ACT as an evidence-based therapy. It takes ACT from a kind of linear march into a fluid and dynamic psychotherapeutic dance that can be modified on the fly to fit the demands of your setting, client, and time restrictions.

Just as you cannot learn to dance solely through verbal instructions, you cannot learn how to apply ACT in practice by listening to lectures. Instead, this training helps you learn how to identify evidence-based processes that address clinical challenges in real time.

What You Will Learn The two days of training will help you:
  • Detect psychological inflexibility in-flight
  • Conceptualize cases in terms of flexibility processes
  • Target psychological flexibility processes at will at any point in therapy
  • Stay focused on a given flexibility process or shift to another process
  • Respond to any statement from any corner of the model
  • Develop flexible and productive core intervention skills in ACT
  • Use these skills to create a powerful therapeutic relationship 

Attendees can book a room at the discounted rate of $149/night at the Embassy Suites Chicago Naperville. You can make your reservation by calling 630-799-5900 and referencing the ACT 2 event. Attendee parking is available at the venue at a rate of $10/day.

IPA Social: TBD


Saturday, October 10
8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Welcoming and Orientation
  • The Nature of Experiential Skills Building and Rationale for its Use
  • Creating a Group that can be Trusted to Give Personal Feedback

10:15 am to 10:30 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • Flexibility Processes: Reading the Need
  • Practice: “Chase the Rabbit”

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • The Flexible Therapeutic Relationship
  • Scoring the Space of ACT Work
  • Focus and Transitions
  • Forming a Peer Feedback Group—Team Member Roles
  • Reading, Transitioning and Focus

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Practice with Feedback
  • Transitioning and Focus while Maintaining the Space
  • Q & A
Sunday, October 11

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • ACT and Exposure
  • The Matrix and ACT Case Conceptualization

10:15am to 10:30am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30pm

  • Real Play with Three Processes
  • Practice in Doing Process-Based ACT

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Show Stoppers: Any Process, Any Time
  • More Practice in Doing Process-Based ACT

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Hexadancing Real Play
  • Practice Hexadancing
  • Q & A

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Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility
  2. Describe how psychological flexibility processes apply to the therapeutic relationship
  3. Describe the three overall and essential functions of the ACT clinician regarding psychological flexibility in the therapy session
  4. Describe at least two ways of reading “flexible attention to the now” as it shows up in session
  5. Describe at least two ways of reading self-as-context relevant processes as they show up in session
  6. Describe at least two ways of reading values processes as they show up in session
  7. Describe at least two ways of reading commitment processes as they show up in session
  8. Describe at least two ways of reading defusion processes as they show up in session
  9. Describe at least two ways of reading acceptance processes as they show up in session
  10. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to acceptance issues in session
  11. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to defusion issues in session
  12. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to self-as-context issues in session
  13. Describe the two main dimensions in the Matrix model of psychological flexibility

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 13 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • BACB – Behavior Analysts
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses


Having attended an ACT 1 or ACT BootCamp training, or having had some previous introductory training to acceptance and commitment therapy.


For mental health professionals, intermediate to advanced.

Recommended Reading

Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT 2nd Ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinbger.


Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinbger.

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Hayes, S. C., & Lillis, J. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.

Frequently Asked Questions

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