ACT I – Harrisburg
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Lou Lasprugato Lou Lasprugato, MFT, is a Peer-Reviewed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

About This Workshop

Join Lou Lasprugato, MFT, for this one-of-a-kind workshop designed to establish a foundational understanding of the Psychological Flexibility Model, a beginning set of skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and beginning knowledge of Relational Frame Theory (RFT). Over the two days, you will learn:
  • An experiential understanding of the six basic processes of ACT’s Psychological Flexibility Model:
    • Flexible contact with the present moment
    • Cognitive Defusion
    • Acceptance
    • Self-as-context
    • Values
    • Committed action
  • The relationship between the six basic processes and Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • How to apply the Psychological Flexibility Model to case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Practical skills for meeting clients where they are and fostering their willingness and openness to change
  • Ways to assess, observe, and influence client processes in session


Friday, May 10

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Welcoming and Introduction
  • Orientation to ACT
  • ACT Roots: Philosophy, Theory, Technology

10:15 am to 10:30 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • Psychological Inflexibility (Core Processes) 
  • Creative Hopelessness (Confronting the Control Agenda)

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Psychological Flexibility (Mindfulness Processes):
  • Contact with the Present Moment
  • Self-as-Context

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Psychological Flexibility (Mindfulness Processes continued):
  • Defusion
  • Acceptance
  • Q & A
Saturday, May 11

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Psychological Flexibility (Valued Action Processes):
  • Values
  • Committed Action

10:15am to 10:30am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30pm

  • Self-Compassion
  • The ACT Matrix:
  • Case Conceptualization
  • Treatment Planning

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • The Therapeutic Relationship:
  • Informed Consent
  • Goal Collaboration
  • Therapeutic Stance

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Shaping Psychological Flexibility (Skill-Building Practice)
  • Q & A

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Relate ACT to its foundational underpinnings of Functional Contextualism, Relational Frame Theory, and Applied Behavior Analysis
  2. Describe the six core processes of psychological flexibility/inflexibility
  3. Demonstrate how to contact the present moment with flexible, yet focused, attention
  4. Demonstrate how to access the observing process of self-as-context
  5. Demonstrate how to cultivate compassion with the perspective-taking process of self-as-context
  6. Demonstrate how to facilitate defusion from sticky cognitions
  7. Demonstrate how to foster acceptance of painful private experiences
  8. Demonstrate how to construct and clarify values while differentiating from goals
  9. Illustrate how to use creative hopelessness to motivate a change in the control agenda
  10. Demonstrate case conceptualization and treatment planning with the ACT Matrix while probing for toward moves (committed action) and away moves (experiential avoidance)
  11. Formulate ACT-consistent informed consent, goal collaboration, and therapeutic stance
  12. Demonstrate how to model, evoke, and reinforce psychological flexibility within the therapeutic relationship
  13. Explain the concept of workability and how it informs the entire ACT model




For mental health professionals, beginners to intermediate.

Recommended Reading

Harris, R. (2009). ACT Made Simple: an easy-to-read primer on acceptance and commitment therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Hayes, S. C., & Wilson, K. G. (2005). Get out of your mind & into your life: The new acceptance & commitment therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Westrup, D., & Wright, M. J. (20017). Learning ACT for group treatment: An acceptance and commitment therapy skills training manual for therapists. Oakland, CA: Context Press.


Biglan, A., Hayes, S.C., and Pistorello, J. “Acceptance and commitment Implications for Prevention Science.” Prevention science 9.3 (2008): 139-152.

Hayes, S.C. (2004) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and the third wave of behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy, 35. 639-665.

Hayes, S.C., Luoma, J., Bond, F., Masuda, A., & Lillis, J. (2006). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Model, Processes, Outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44(1), 1-25.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.

May 10 - 11, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, US, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
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Professionalshow details + $329.00 (USD)  
2 Professional Registrations at 20% offshow details + $506.40 (USD)  / bundle 
Studentshow details + $189.00 (USD)