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Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Michael C. May, MA, LCPC

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435

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6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work Log Number: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2019.CE.184
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201906.617

Cost: $159
Order online or by phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071

Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Course Description:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically-supported treatment aimed at increasing psychological flexibility by undermining problematic dominance of human language over experience and facilitating active engagement in valued and meaningful living. This introductory, day-long, workshop is aimed at providing attendees with a tour of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of ACT and the six core ACT processes: acceptance, defusion, contact with the present moment, self-as-context, values, and committed action.

About the Presenter:


Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and an ACT Trainer.  He is a founding partner of Compassionate Psychological Care, LLP, a clinic that provides a wide-range of psychological services with offices in Chicago and Highland Park, IL.  Within his private practice, his clinical work is focused on anxiety-related presenting concerns, primarily panic disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Michael is co-founder of Enriched Couples LLC, a company focused on utilizing applied behavioral science in conjunction with financial literacy training to aid young couples in undermining toxic patterns avoidance and actively building vital and valued relationships.

Michael has received advanced training in various contextual behavioral approaches to psychotherapy including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and regularly provides workshops and professional trainings on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.  He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois.  Michael is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.


8AM- Registration opens
8:30- Program begins
15 min. mid-morning break
12PM- Lunch hour (on your own)
1PM- Program resumes
15 min. mid-afternoon break
4PM- Program ends

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the behavior analytic account of language and cognition that underlies Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
2. Identify the six core Psychological Flexibility processes of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
3. Define Experiential Avoidance and Cognitive Fusion and their role in psychopathology.
4. Identify how ACT seeks to undermine unworkable language functions via defusionexercises.
5. Identify the role of values clarification in ACT.
6. Utilize acceptance exercises in session to increase client willingness to engage in values-consistent behaviors.
7. Analyze the efficacy of mindfulness meditation for clients on a case-by-case basis, and demonstrate alternative mindfulness interventions for clients who find meditation aversive or unhelpful.
8. Utilize clinical strategies to assist clients in clarifying their values as it relates to case conceptualization.
9. Implement clinical treatment interventions, such as behavioral activation strategies or social skills training interventions, to improve client engagement in values-consistent behaviors as an approach to managing symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, personality disorders or depression.
10. Utilize metaphors and exercises to explain self-as-context in session for purposes of client psychoeducation.