Session 10: "Be Willing to Have it So"- Exploring the Principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy via Behavioral Improvisation
An exciting development in contemporary clinical psychology is the rise of an evidence-based approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Based in learning theory, ACT bears similarity to Eastern philosophy in its emphasis on staying in the present, pursuing valued action, and abandoning the struggle to eliminate problematic thoughts and emotions. ACT is found to be equivalent to cognitive-behavioral therapy in its impact on disorders ranging from depression to psychosis. Its goals also fit naturally with behavioral improvisation, an active relational approach that eschews conceptual thinking in favor of a spontaneous nonjudgmental frame of mind.
The co-leaders of this workshop will use behavioral improvisation to illustrate constructs from ACT. After a brief overview of ACT theory and research, the bulk of the week will be devoted to participating in and discussing simple improvisational exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere. The goal is to learn about ACT philosophy by exploring one of its central tenets, what William James called being “willing to have it so.”
Monday Overview and definition of terms: Functional contextualism relational frame theory, stimulus equivalence, cognitive defusion, experiential avoidance, Hexaflex; Relationship of ACT to Eastern philosophy; What "acceptance" is and is not; The central role of values; Research applying ACT to clinical disorders; Introduction to behavioral improvisation
Tuesday Behavioral Improvisation I
Wednesday Behavioral Improvisation II; Cognitive Defusion I
Thursday Behavioral Improvisation III; Cognitive Defusion II
Friday Wrap up; Summary and conclusions
Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.
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This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
- Learn theory and principles of ACT: Relational frame theory, stimulus equivalence, cognitive defusion, Hexaflex
- Understand similarities and differences between ACT and traditional CBT
- Discover the efficacy of ACT for a wide range of disorders including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and pain
- Recognize the relationship between the ACT model and principles of behavioral improvisation
Frederick Heide, PhD, is Associate Professor at the CA School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, where he has won both the Master Teacher and Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Heide received the Outstanding Research Contri-bution Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) for his work on relaxation-induced anxiety. Dr. Heide is also co-founder of and longtime performer with Door County’s American Folklore Theatre (AFT), 2012 recipient of the Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Arts, Culture, and Heritage. Dr. Heide studied acting and created several shows with Paul Sills, founding director of Chicago’s Second City Theatre.
A veteran of improvisational acting for more than a quarter century, Lee Becker has performed in New York City as well as his home state of Wisconsin. He has been a member of several national championship Comedy Sportz teams in Comedy League of America's annual competition, as well as a champion team in Montreal's Just For Laughs Improv Tournament. Mr. Becker has also performed extensively with American Folklore Theatre, Door Shakespeare, Madison Rep, Milwaukee Rep, and First Stage Children’s Theatre of Milwaukee.
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- 15.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 15.00 APAAPA credit.
- 15.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
- 15.00 Illinois Social WorkerIllinois Social Worker credit.