De-Mystifying Self-As-Context in ACT: Practical Strategies for Clients 

December 2, 2022 | 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

w/ Brian Pilecki, PhD and Kati Lear, PhD

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About The Workshop

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how to more effectively use self-as-context strategies in therapy. Self-as-context is one of the six core ACT processes that is often misunderstood as being overly difficult, complicated, or philosophical. A brief description and overview of self-as-context will be provided with an emphasis on language that is accessible and applicable to talking with clients. This workshop will outline how self-as-context can be used to conceptualize commonly discussed topics in therapy such as self-esteem, confidence, identity, and inner conflict. Participants will learn how to flexibly practice practical self-as-context interventions that can be used with clients, as well as have a chance to practice newly learned skills through structured role-play exercises in breakout groups. 

Meet Your Instructors

Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Pilecki is a clinical psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder), trauma and PTSD, and matters related to the use of psychedelics.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and practices from an orientation based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Brian also has extensive experience in the areas of mindfulness and meditation, and incorporates them into his therapy with clients. Brian is an active researcher and has published on topics such as anxiety disorders, mindfulness, and psychedelics. His paper on ethical and legal issues in psychedelic harm reduction and integration therapy outlines the risk for clinicians conducting psychedelic integration for clients who are using psychedelics on their own. At Portland Psychotherapy Brian is a study therapist on a clinical trial investigating the use of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety disorder and understanding processes of change in how this novel form of treatment might work. He has given numerous workshops on topics related to psychedelics and is a consultant for the Oregon Health Authority in helping to design a program for psilocybin services in the state of Oregon. Brian is also co-chairperson for a special interest group on psychedelics in the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science Hco-hosts a podcast called Altered States of Context about the intersection of psychedelics and psychotherapy, and has appeared on several national podcasts such as Verywell Mind and Beyond Addiction 

Kati Lear, PhD

Dr. Kati Lear is a licensed psychologist, continuing education coordinator, and associate investigator at Portland Psychotherapy. Her clinical work and research focus on the treatment of clinical issues characterized by high levels of shame and self-criticism. Kati completed her doctorate at University of Wyoming and her pre-doctoral internship at Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC in Denver, CO, and her completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Portland Psychotherapy, where she specialized in ACT and compassion-focused therapies and conducted research on interpersonal processes related to shame and self-criticism. Her research focuses on shame and self-criticism, self-compassion, and more recently, MDMA-assisted therapy as a potential treatment for social anxiety disorder.   

Join us!



for up-and-coming professionals

  • Access to exclusive webinar setting with Dr. Brian Pilecki and Dr. Kati Lear
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources
  • Must be enrolled in accredited study program

w/ CE Certificate


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  • Access to exclusive webinar setting with Dr. Brian Pilecki and Dr. Kati Lear
  • Continuing Education Certificate
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources



This workshop is intended for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) at all levels of expertise (graduate students through licensed professionals) and working with any population in any treatment setting but assumes that attendees have at least some knowledge of and practice with ACT. Those who have no knowledge of ACT will likely find themselves lost as the basics of ACT theory and intervention will not be taught. If you have not attended prior trainings on ACT, we recommend you do at least some basic reading on ACT before you attend this workshop.  


After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain self-as-context in easily understandable language 
  2. Use self-as-context to conceptualize client problems 
  3. Design and implement interventions that target self-as-context in clients 


Registration is online. Presentations will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the event. 


We reserve a number of partial scholarships for potential attendees who could not otherwise afford to come. We give particular priority given to those who would add diverse and under represented voices to our field. To submit an application, please click here.


Portland Psychology Clinic, Research & Training Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Portland Psychotherapy, Clinic, Research & Training Center maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

This workshop grants 2 CE credits for therapists with the purchase of Professionals with CE Certificate ticket and live attendance of the entire workshop. Credit will not be given for only watching the recording.

REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS: We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made by participants more than two weeks before the training event. For cancellations within two weeks of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future training event. No refunds will be given after training events.

SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS: Please contact us if you need accommodations to enable you to fully participate in the workshop. We will work with you and do our best to find a way to ensure your participation.

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