Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Basics: 6 Processes to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes

Presented by Melissa Stringer, LPC, BC-TMH and Diana Garcia, LMHC, CDWF on 01-13-2023 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Clients come to therapy wanting to feel better, and it is easy to fall into the trap of trying chase relief with them. After all, traditional treatment approaches often center around symptom reduction as the primary aim. However, centering one's life around getting rid of discomfort can come at a high cost and prolong suffering.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers a more nuanced and counterintuitive therapeutic framework. Whether it is a client with multiple diagnoses, or a client not fitting any particular DSM criteria, ACT aims to undermine the stance pain (challenging thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations) is abnormal or maladaptive. Accepting that which we cannot control and committing to behaviors that create meaningful lives are primary tenets of the ACT approach.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar for therapists, Melissa Stringer, LPC and Diana Garcia, LMHC will begin by introducing the concept of psychological flexibility and provide the rationale for this being the goal of ACT. They will also briefly discuss the foundation of ACT, including its theoretical and philosophical underpinnings. The bulk of the presentation will be spent taking a deep dive into the six core processes of ACT, using clinically applicable metaphors, tools, and experiential exercises for a richer learning experience.

This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Define the underlying aim of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  2. Describe how ACT conceptualizes problems presented by therapy clients.
  3. Name the underlying theory ACT is based upon.
  4. Explain the role of functional contextualism within the ACT model.
  5. Identify six core processes of ACT and implement one to two tools per process.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program introduces the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This program is intended for the mental health professional looking to understand the basics of ACT and relevant tools to apply in their clinical work. No prior knowledge of ACT is needed to attend this introductory training. Sources are cited throughout the presentation, and knowledge is adapted from the various source materials on ACT. ACT applies to a wide array of populations, and each individual should use their clinical judgment when applying the concepts and principles presented. As always, misapplication of the concepts with various populations could lead to unintended outcomes.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: No commercial support was obtained for this CE program or the instruction content that could be construed as a conflict of interest. No commercial support is being sought to endorse any product (e.g., books, programs, etc.).

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Meet the Presenters

Melissa Stringer, LPC, BC-TMH

Melissa Stringer, LPC, BC-TMH

Melissa Stringer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Telemental Health Provider, and member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science. She is based out of Dallas, TX. She has been working in the mental health field since 2009 and opened her private practice in 2016. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Louisiana Tech University. Being a former military spouse, she has worked in various treatment settings and with diverse populations across the U.S.

Currently, Melissa enjoys working with folks from all walks of life with a wide spectrum of presenting issues. Identifying as an ACT clinician, she strives to join her clients and fellow humans in their quest for living a values-led life. Lately, this has taken shape professionally by sharing her knowledge of ACT with other clinicians, with the goal of becoming a Peer Reviewed ACT trainer.

You can follow Melissa on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn: @connectandreboot

You can also connect with her at connectandreboot.squarespace.com.

Diana Garcia, LMHC, CDWF

Diana Garcia, LMHC, CDWF

Diana M. Garcia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Qualified Supervisor in Florida, and the founder and owner of the private practice Nurturing Minds Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Psychology from Florida International University. She has been in the field since 2013 and has worked in various roles, including Primary Therapist at multiple treatment centers and, most recently, as Director of Counseling Services at a local university. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Currently, in her practice, Diana helps stressed-out millennials feel calm, confident, and kickass in their lives. Additionally, she also works with couples who are struggling to communicate and seeking to rekindle their connection. She was fortunate to learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy early in her career and has gravitated to this approach to help clients live more meaningful lives. She hopes to continue helping more people by training more clinicians in ACT and providing self-help courses for the general public. She’s also currently writing a book on making peace with your inner critic via an ACT lens. 

You can follow Diana on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok: @nurturingmindscounseling

You can also connect with her at nurturingmindscounseling.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2022 - 03/30/2025.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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