Next Steps with ACT: Putting Your Introductory Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training into Practice
8-session consultation group running October 2022-March 2023
w/ Jason Luoma, PhD and Jenna LeJeune, PhD
About The Group
This 8-week structured consultation group is intended to help therapists with introductory ACT training begin applying ACT with clients, while getting support and guidance, including on how to conceptualize cases and how to be more consistently experiential.
This is not a passive workshop where you sit back and observe, but instead a chance to practice new ACT skills and get feedback as you apply ACT theory. There will be practice exercises between each session to generalize learning from the sessions and additional readings. Expect you’ll need about two hours of time between each session for homework and practice.
Each session will be led by peer-reviewed ACT trainers Jason Luoma and Jenna LeJeune. We will cap attendance at 20 participants to keep the level of personal interaction relatively high. We will also have other experienced facilitators attend some of the sessions to help facilitate small group interactions to allow even more individual attention.
The group will meet at 9-10:30 am Pacific on Fridays on the dates below:
Orientation and Self-Assessment
- Oct. 28th, 2022Case Conceptualization
- Nov 4, 2022
- Dec 9, 2022
- January 6, 2023Being Experiential
- January 20, 2023
- Feb 3, 2023
- Feb 17, 2023Wrap up and Future Directions
CEs will be offered for this workshop. Each group meeting will be worth 1.5 CE credits for a total of 12 possible CEs. CEs will only be given for live meetings attended.
- March 3, 2023
ACTUAL WORKSHOP TIME: Eight 90-minute online structured group consultation sessions (12 hours total)
This will be a highly interactive course that will rely on participants’ active and consistent participation. As such, if you know you can’t attend at least 6 out of the 8 sessions, then we ask that you not sign up for this group. In addition to the group meetings, we ask that participants commit to setting aside about 2 hours of time for practice assignments between meetings. Recordings of the didactic portion of meetings will be recorded for those who were not able to attend the meeting.
This course is limited to licensed health care providers and to those who are currently in training and working under supervision towards licensure.
In order to participate in the training you must have attended the ACT Introductory Workshop on Oct 14-15 through Portland Psychotherapy or at least 12 hours of CE training on ACT.
- Have a plan for their learning goals relating to the consultation process
- Understand which ACT processes they use more or less often
- Better conceptualize client behavior in session.
- Identify client behaviors that would suggest particular ACT methods .
- Explain the relationship between case conceptualization, treatment planning, and applying interventions
- Understand when to use a more focused versus a broader case conceptualization
- Create a case conceptualization within an ACT framework.
- Understand how the different ACT techniques relate to each other and to the basic principles of ACT
- Explain the value of experiential learning as a core aspect of ACT.
- Describe the experiential learning process of introducing a concept, practicing it in session, and applying it out of session
- Utilize at least one acceptance sequence
- Utilize at least one defusion sequence
- Differentiate more experiential modes of learning from modes that are less experiential.
- Identify at least two strategies to shift to an experiential mode.
- Utilize experiential methods in ACT more fluidly and flexibly
- Identify future directions they would like to take in continuing to learn ACT
We reserve a number of partial scholarships for potential attendees who could not otherwise afford to come. We give particular priority to those who would add diverse and underrepresented 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.
Each group meeting will be worth 1.5 CE credits for a total of 12 possible CEs. CEs will only be given for live meetings attended.
We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made more than one week before the training event. For cancellations within one week of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. No refunds will be given after the first meeting.
Special Accommodations :
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.
Meet Your Instructors
Jason Luoma, PhD
Jason Luoma, PhD, is CEO of Portland Psychotherapy in Portland, OR. His research focuses on shame, self-stigma, connection, self-compassion and the application of ACT and psychedelic assisted therapy to shame and self-criticism. He is currently organizing a clinical of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that will be one of the first trials of psychedelic assisted therapy in the Pacific Northwest. He also recently organized a special section on psychedelic assisted therapy and contextual behavioral science. He is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT, former chair of the ACT training committee, and past president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He has over 60 publications including co-authoring two books: Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life. His work on shame and compassion can be read at www.actwithcompassion.com.
Jenna LeJeune, PhD
Jenna LeJeune, PhD, is President and co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research and Training Center in Portland, Oregon. As a clinical psychologist, Jenna specializes in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to work with adults struggling with various relationship difficulties, including problems with intimacy, sexuality, trauma-related relationship challenges, and also struggles a person may have in their relationship with their own body. Much of her work focuses on issues related to meaning, values, self-compassion, and shame. She is the co-author of the book Values in Therapy: A Clinician's Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life. Jenna is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and provides ACT trainings for professionals around the world.