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March 20 to March 21, 2023
9:00am to 4:30pm
This event is at capacity.
Must attend both sessions

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Featuring:  Matt Boone

Virtual 2 day training  

  March 20th, 2023 and March 21st, 2023

9:00am – 4:30pm (1 hour lunch)

16  Spots available  

Links to be sent out to participants 1 week prior to date of 1st Training 

Who Should Attend:  Clinicians    

An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Enhancing Your Practice with Acceptance, Self-Compassion, and Values-Based Action.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidenced-based intervention model grounded in mindfulness, self-compassion, and values-based action. Clients learn to encounter thoughts and feelings in a mindful way, neither dwelling on them nor pushing them away. At the same time, they are encouraged to act on their most deeply held values. In over 900 randomized controlled trials and nearly 200 meta-analyses, ACT has been shown to be efficacious for a wide variety of problems helping professionals address, including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, substance abuse, chronic pain, dealing with cancer, stress, and stigma. Rather than going after reducing symptoms, ACT increases psychological flexibility: the capacity to turn to the present moment as a conscious human being and take action according to personally-chosen values.

In this two-day, highly interactive workshop, mental health professionals of any experience level will be introduced to psychological flexibility both intellectually and experientially. You will learn what it’s like, in practice, to open up to thoughts and feelings without getting entangled in them, identify what truly matters to you, and take meaningful action. Training modalities will include brief lecture, clinical vignettes, clinical demonstrations, mindfulness exercises, experiential exercises, large group discussions, small group discussions, and small-group skills practice. This won’t be your typical slog of slides as you sit for hours with glazed eyes. You’ll get multiple opportunities to watch ACT demonstrations, practice ACT with yourself, and practice ACT skills with others. The workshop is intended to be both professionally and personally meaningful.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define psychological flexibility and identify its six components: acceptance, defusion, present moment awareness, self-as-context, values, and committed action.
  2. Identify three strategies for facilitating acceptance and willingness with clients.
  3. Identify three strategies for facilitating defusion with clients.
  4. Help clients contact the moment-to-moment experience of thoughts, feelings, and sensations without becoming absorbed in them or trying to push them away.
  5. Contact a sense of self that is more stable than transient thoughts and feelings and transcends personal narratives about who they are and what they are capable of.
  6. Facilitate conversations with clients about personal values and values-based behavior activation.


Cost:  Free

About the Speaker:  Matt Boone, LCSW is a social worker, psychotherapist, and speaker who specializes in translating mental health concepts for the general public. His latest book is Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, co-authored with Jennifer Gregg and Lisa Coyne.
As the Clinical Director of Mental Health Coaching at Lyra Health, he co-designed and oversaw the clinical development of Lyra’s mental health coaching program. As Creative Director of Clinical Content, he developed and presented workshops and webinars on mental health topics for workers at Google, Facebook, eBay, Uber, Amgen and other companies. 

He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Brightline, a startup dedicated to bringing exceptional behavioral health care to kids, teens, and their families.
At Cornell University, he oversaw the development of Let's Talk, an outreach program designed to reach underserved communities that has since been replicated at nearly 100 other colleges and universities.

He currently serves as the Director of Programming and Outreach at the Student Wellness Program (SWP) of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Matt practices and trains other professionals in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), an evidence-based intervention for a broad spectrum of health and mental health problems. He is an Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed ACT trainer and a former consultant for the VA ACT for Depression training rollout. He taught ACT at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work and is the editor of the book Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work. He blogs on ACT-related subjects at Psychology Today.

He has also worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the Acting Chief of Ambulatory Mental Health in Little Rock, helping to oversee a large portion of the mental health outpatient services in Arkansas. He cofounded the VA’s first multidisciplinary eating disorders team and helped establish one of its earliest clinics for transgender veterans. 

He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife, cat, and guitars, and he loves talking about mental health with people who think psychotherapy and self-help are a bit cringy.

Cancellation Policy

It is our goal to provide trainings as scheduled. If a training is cancelled for any reason the region will attempt to email registered participants as well as post the change on the trainings page of the region website.

The region is committed to providing quality training experiences. When a registered participant does not attend it often prevents another participant from having the opportunity. Please call us at 712-328- 5645 by 12:00 pm the day prior to the training if needed to cancel a registration. If the training is on a Monday please contact us by 12 pm on Friday. If the aforementioned notice is not given you will be charged a minimum of $25.00 (this includes trainings with no registration fee).

This event is at capacity.

Virtual Event

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Carolyn Koehrsen
(712) 322-6833
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