Psychology Specialists of Maine hosts continuing education programs (CEU) approved for licensed psychologists, counselors (LCPC), and social workers (LCSW). Our seminars are led by experts and specialists who provide advanced clinical training focused on expanding interventions and techniques for therapists in agencies and private practice. All events are held in Suite 309 at Fort Andross on 14 Maine Street in Brunswick, ME.
Friday February 9, 2018 8:30 to 4:00pm (6 CEU)
Bold Moves: Enhancing your Practice with
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Joel Guarna, Ph.D.
Joel Guarna is a licensed psychologist who earned his PhD from Bowling Green State University and trained at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology. Joel later served as a staff psychologist in the VA Healthcare System in Boston. Joel opened his private practice, White Pine Behavioral Health, in Portland in 2005 and now divides his time between this practice, Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Scarborough, and the Mercy Pain Center. He has been a student of ACT since 1999 and has conducted many ACT-related workshops locally and at regional and international conferences. He coordinates ACT-related activities in southern Maine. Joel also conducts professional workshops on other topics in health psychology and behavioral health.
Description: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is both a contemporary form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and a mindfulness-based psychotherapy. ACT has shown much promise in helping clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, chronic pain and medical problems, and patients with complicated or comorbid conditions. ACT introduces a comprehensive model of therapy including a creative set of metaphors and experiential exercises to help clients (a) move away from unworkable change strategies, (b) make healthy contact with thoughts, feelings, and other private reactions they have learned to avoid, (c) re-connect with their deepest values to set a direction for change and to motivate change, and (d) experience their struggles differently and in a manner that permits them to move forward with their lives now.
Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce participants to the ACT model including the six ACT processes, core concepts like experiential avoidance and fusion, and the role of mindfulness in promoting behavioral flexibility. Attendees will leave this training with a basic understanding of ACT approaches to therapy and with specific skills they can employ immediately.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Summarize the ACT model of human suffering including the roles of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion.
- Explain the concept of psychological flexibility, the core of the ACT model.
- Practice a cognitive defusion intervention with a current client.
- Practice a values intervention with a current client.
Registration Fee $139.00
Registration fee includes light breakfast, coffee, tea, and water. We will break for lunch. There are several restaurants and deli's in our building or within a 5 minute walk from our office on Maine Street.