Session 10: Exploring a Core Process of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) via Improvisation
A major trend in contemporary clinical psychology is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based approach which has been examined in over 1,000 scholarly articles, chapters, and books. ACT has been found effective in clinical trials for disorders ranging from anxiety and depression to psychosis. ACT is based on the idea that suffering results when we fuse with our cognitions and then struggle to control or eliminate experiences we have labeled unacceptable. ACT teaches clients experiential exercises that encourage defusion from their cognitions by simply observing thoughts rather than trying to change them.
This workshop will explore behavioral improvisation as a novel and often entertaining method of cognitive defusion. After an overview of ACT theory and research, the bulk of the week will be devoted to simple improvisational exercises in a safe, highly supportive atmosphere. We’ll utilize brief mindfulness inductions, classic theater games, and techniques to promote defusion.
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.
(1) Learn the theory of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) including destructive normality, tracing the origins of human suffering to cognitive fusion, and experiential avoidance
(2) Understand the major ACT processes of contact with present moment, acceptance, and values
(3) Review what cognitive defusion means and why it can be helpful
(4) Explore how behavioral improvisation can be used to promote cognitive defusion
Frederick Heide, PhD, is Associate Professor at the California 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 Contribution 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 Northern Sky Theater (formerly AFT), which was 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 PAPA credit.