Harnessing the Transformative Power of Mindful Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
Day One: The Canadian Mental Health Summit
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Calgary, ab
Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work also offers a fresh perceptive on psychological suffering and a set of powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop, we will learn about one particular approach and set of practices based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT, said as one word).
ACT is a newer third-generation evidence-based behaviour therapy that balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behaviour change processes to (a) weaken the unhelpful influence of thoughts and emotional avoidance in guiding actions, while (b) promoting greater experiential and psychological flexibility in the service of (c) valued ends. It is both a form of therapy and an approach to living well, with evidence showing that it is useful for many forms of psychological and emotional suffering. In short, ACT teaches clients how to be with their hurts and do what works – to live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to defeat sources of emotional and psychological pain.
This 1-day workshop will introduce ACT, both as a model and intervention technology, and illustrate its use across a broad set of problem areas that are commonly seen in mental health settings (e.g., anxiety, depression, anger). The workshop will include a rich mix of didactic teachings, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises that will be done individually, in dyads, and small groups. Clinical worksheets and other practical tools will be provided.
Agenda & Learning Objectives
- Define the three pillars of ACT
- Describe and identify each of the six hexaflex ACT processes that contribute to human suffering and link them with the six corresponding ACT intervention processes that are used to promote psychological flexibility
- Conceptualized common clinical concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, problem anger) within an ACT process-oriented approach
- Define and identify “fusion” and “experiential avoidance” and describe mindful and compassionate alternative behaviours
- Practice essential ACT intervention exercises to cultivate psychological flexibility
- Deliver values clarification exercises in dyads and small groups
- Apply and integrate mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behaviour change processes to assist clients in doing what matters to them
- Describe strategies to foster the ongoing development of ACT consistent clinical competencies.
Continuing Education Credits
John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, speaker, researcher, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and practices that cultivate mindfulness, loving kindness, and compassion. For over 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality. His personal journey and experience, balanced with practical insights grounded in scientific evidence, offers hope to those wishing to find a path out of suffering and into wholeness.
He has written several popular ACT books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals), and several ACT self-help books for the public: The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, 2nd ed., and ACT on Life, Not on Anger, and Your Life on Purpose. His latest ACT self-help book, Anxiety Happens, is scheduled for release sometime in the Fall of 2017.
More information: https://www.drjohnforsyth.com/
Jamie R. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an active and gifted clinician and clinical supervisor, with extensive expertise in the use and application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with severe forms mental illness (e.g., psychosis and personality disorders) and forms of psychological and emotional suffering in inpatient, outpatient, and college mental health settings. Beyond ACT, Jamie is a skillful integrationist and researcher, with specialized knowledge in relational and process-oriented therapeutic work, addictions, motivational interviewing, including mindfulness and self-compassion practices.
Jamie holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. Currently, Jamie is a Clinician at Union College, where she offers ACT-based outpatient psychotherapy to college students presenting with significant psychological, emotional, and behavioural challenges. Her clinical work, grounded in evidence-based know-how, offers unique insights into the subtle nuances of ACT as it unfolds in clinical practice. Jamie is also actively engaged in the dissemination of ACT and mindfulness practices within her college community and, along with her husband John, co-lead ACT professional workshops in the United States and abroad.
More information: https://www.drjohnforsyth.com/
Who Should Attend
Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB
Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates” or block Id “10575”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888
To book online please visit https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.61102.html?groupId=P80KB1C1
Single $135.00 | Double $135.00 | Triple $150.00 | Quadruple $165.00
Single $1160.00 | Double $160.00 | Triple $175.00 | Quadruple $190.00
Single $210.00 | Double $210.00 | Triple $225.00 | Quadruple $240.00
Single $230.00 | Double $230.00 | Triple $245.00 | Quadruple $260.00
*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*
When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.
Registration & Fees
|Registration||Early bird Fee||Regular Fee|
|Individual 1 Day Enrollment||$249||$269|
|Individual 2 Day Enrollment||$449||$469|
|Individual 3 Day Enrollment||$639||$659|
All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
Early bird cutoff date: November 6, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
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