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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

MARCH 24 & 25, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


2-Day Intensive & Experiential Training

 Putting ACT in Practice

 Blending Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into your treatment approach will have a significant impact on your clients.  ACT is a rich, integrative approach with a scientific foundation. You learn how to utilize Mindfulness, Values, and Commitment concepts into your work, and how to help reduce suffering and improve quality of living for the people you care for.

 Dr. D.J. has been involved in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy work for over two decades, and has applied the work for a wide variety of clinical issues. He is an entertaining speaker who will inform you about up-to-date treatment approaches so you can help even your most difficult clients.  He will give you an opportunity to view therapy videos, develop case conceptualizations, and even experience the benefits of ACT outcomes yourself!

 This workshop will generate new skills for you to treat:

  • Anxiety Issues
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Hoarding
    • Social Phobia
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Teenage shyness
  • Mood Disorders
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
    • Alcoholism
    • Heroin addiction
  • Anger Management Training
  • Eating Disorder
  • Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma
  • Personality Disorders

This two-day ACT workshop focuses on giving therapists highly practical skills and case conceptualization techniques, and leverages the most recent research in the behavioral sciences.  In addition, the workshop will be taught with experiential exercises, so attendees can learn first-hand how mindful action and acceptance skills can be applied to people who want to clarify their values and follow through on important commitments.

 Putting ACT in Practice: Day One

                The ACT Model

   The nature of human suffering

                   “Healthy normality” is a myth

                   Language: The double-edged sword

                   Undermining unhelpful thoughts

                   Aiming for psychological flexibility and why

                   Introducing the ACT hexagon model


                Acceptance: Strengthening a willingness to have emotions

                   The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance

   Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan

   Why acceptance is important

   Case example: Teenage shyness & Hoarding


Defusion: Looking at thoughts rather than from thoughts

   Dealing with automatic thoughts

   The power of words

   The problem with cognitive fusion

   Addressing CBT-based Disputation techniques with Defusion

                   “Taking Your Mind for a Walk” exercise

                   Case example:  Eating Disorders & Social Phobia


                Perspective-taking: Understanding the “Self” in ACT

                   Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context

                   The Observer Self exercise

                   Dealing with identity issues

                   Case examples related to PTSD & Childhood Sexual Trauma


                Mindfulness: Contacting the Present Moment

                   Why being in the Here-and-Now is critical for mental health

                   The relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology

                   Meditation, mindfulness, and mindful action

                   Exercises for mindful action

                   Case example: Anger, Personality Disorders, Alcoholism


Putting ACT in Practice: Day Two

                Values Work: The heart of ACT

                   The positive side of language

                   Identifying core values

                   Differentiating values and goals

                   Writing values based treatment goals

                   The ethics of values-clarification

                   Establishing the Life Line

                   Case example: Heroin addiction, Bipolar Disorder


                Committed Action: Where the rubber hits the road

                   Defining “commitment” objectively

   Integrating evidence-based therapy with ACT

   Developing ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans

   Improving Behavioral Activation with ACT

   Accelerating Exposure Therapy with ACT

                   Case example: Depression, Agoraphobia


                Pulling it all together

                   The Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility

                   Asking the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization

                   The Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach

                   Case example: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


                Incorporating ACT into your own approach

   Social skills training

   Applied Behavior Analysis

   Inpatient Treatment Programs Systems

   Exposure and Ritual Prevention

   Behavioral activation

   Parent Management Training

   Executive coaching


                Tying it all together

   The Mindful Action Plan: ACT Simplified

                   Passengers on the Bus: The Classic ACT Group Exercise

                   How ACT can make you a better therapist


                Q&A and case-conferencing                    

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the six basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  2. Recognize the problem of experiential avoidance in clinical work
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with each client’s avoidance problems
  4. Acquire skills in defusing from language obstacles
  5. Understand how to use defusion in a clinical context
  6. Discuss how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language functions
  7. Utilize contacting the present moment exercises and mindfulness practice in therapy
  8. Develop a mindful action plan protocol for clients
  9. Incorporate the ACT approach to “the self” for clinical gain
  10. Blend values clarification exercises into therapy
  11. Recognize how unclarified values can lead to clinical problems
  12. Understand the meaningful difference between values and goals
  13. Integrate the ACT approach into different therapeutic styles and methods
  14. Understand the ACT hexagon model a/k/a the Hexaflex
  15. Strategize case conceptualizations with the Inflexahex model
  16. Apply perspective-taking to help people with trauma histories
  17. Create committed action plans for people with anxiety disorders
  18. Incorporate the use of metaphors to undermine language-based avoidance repertoires
  19. Articulate how ACT principles can be applied to the therapist to improve clinical performance



D.J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D was an early-adopter of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy starting his ACT training in 1994.  He co-authored the first case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy entitled ACT in Practice (New Harbinger), and served on the first ACT Training committee.  He is a recognized ACT Trainer by the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences and was elected president to that organization’s Board of Directors.  He was the co-chair of the ACT Summer Institute in 2008 and assisted in the roll-out of the utilization of ACT with the Veterans Administration. 


D.J. engaging training style has been led to him being an invited keynote speaker for many events in the last decade. He has also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC, and The Discover Channel discussing the treatment of anxiety disorders, and has published several articles and book chapters including publications with CBT-pioneer Albert Ellis, and ACT-pioneer Steven Hayes. 


D.J. founded the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, a clinic in Chicagoland, and continues to supervise therapists and treat patients in that organization.  His passion is for applying the ACT principles in important areas outside of the clinic, such as the boardroom or construction sites.  He established Pickslyde Consulting in order to bring mindfulness and value-directed commitment skills to the workplace in order to improve safety, innovation, and leadership.  DJ has utilized ACT in work implementations and clinical training sites on six continents and all around the United States.


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FREE MP3 AUDIO FILES OF MINDFULNESS EXERCISES will be made available to workshop attendees.   They will also receive copies of ACT-based psychological assessment tools and case conceptualization forms.


Audiences praise Dr. D.J.’s workshops:


Dr. Moran’s trainings are one of our most highly rated and well-attended programs presented by invited speakers.  He has a unique ability to connect with participants in a clear and engaging style.   

Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D., Director, Albert Ellis Institute


"I’ve attended several excellent ACT trainings by well-known ACT Therapists, including an ACT Founders Boot Camp. It was D.J. Moran's training that clarified an important question I had about actually doing ACT while also using evidence-based methods to assist a client with their committed actions. As a result of this training, I gained a more complete picture of how to use ACT in psychotherapy. I highly recommend this well-organized and thorough training."

- Amanda Savage Brown, Atlanta, GA


“I’ve read many ACT books through the years, but Dr. D.J.  made it all come together for me!”

- Carla B., St. Louis, MO


“The workshop was amazing. The day flew by because it was so enjoyable, but the added bonus is that I feel I’m going to be able to help my clients much better after this workshop.”

- James M., NYC, NY


“I was lucky enough to take workshops with some famous ACT trainers in the past and those experiences changed my life, but not the way I did therapy.  D.J. did change the way I do therapy and my patients are better for it.  He has a knack for making ACT very practical and user-friendly.”

- Rosemarie L., London, UK

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