ACT I – Las Vegas
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Steven C. Hayes Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada.

About This Workshop

Join ACT co-founder Steven C. Hayes, PhD, 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


Thursday, October 11

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Welcoming and Orientation
  • Defining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Introducing Psychological Flexibility
  • Introducing the Hexagon Model

10:15 am to 10:30 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • Defusion and Acceptance: Noticing Your Mind and Opening Up to Experience

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Self-as-Context: Inhabiting a Flexible Self

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Values and Committed Action: Making Bold Moves
  • Debrief/Q & A/Check-out
Friday, October 12

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Q & A
  • Committed Action

10:15am to 10:30am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30pm

  • Contacting the Present Moment
  • Bringing it all Together

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • ACT for Clinically Relevant Concerns: OCD, Trauma, Depression

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Methods of Doing ACT: The Mindful Action Plan
  • Final Q & A/Check-out

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe how to 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. Explain 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. Explain how to formulate ACT-consistent informed consent, goal collaboration, and therapeutic stance.
  12. Demonstrate how to model, evoke, and reinforce psychological flexibility within the therapeutic
  13. Explain the concept of workability and how it informs the entire ACT model.




For mental health professionals, beginner to intermediate.

Recommended Reading

Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications


Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Hayes, S. C., & Lillis, J. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration:

  • 21 or more days before the date of the event, we’ll refund all of your registration fee or give you credit to a future event;
  • 20 to 7 days before the event, we’ll refund 75% of your fee;
  • Fewer than 7 days before an event, you will receive a credit for future Praxis training worth 50% of the fees paid.
  • If you don’t cancel before the event begins, we can’t refund your fees.

If we cancel an event for any reason, of course, we’ll refund all of your registration fees.

Please note that complete attendance is necessary at all required training sessions for continuing education certification. No partial CE will be awarded.

October 11 - 12, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas
3600 Paradise Road, US, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
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