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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A series with Steven Hayes

with Steven Hayes
Steven Hayes, founder of theAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or acceptance and commitment therapy, illustrates the basics of this therapeutic method, explaining how to help clients learn to accept everything they cannot control. Through this video series you will discover the central principle of ACT, the cognitive defusionas well as attending practical demonstrations on how to integrate the Therapy present in the ACT model to their own therapeutic practice. Finally, the video course emphasises the importance of working on the values within clinical practice and deepens the concept of psychological flexibility through the use of exposure techniques.
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Discover the training objectives of this on-demand course:

Part One: The importance of facing difficulties 

  • Learning the theoretical foundations and the key principles of ACT.
  • Recognise how the creative despair lays the foundation for effective ACT therapy.
  • Understand how to integrate your personal style to the initial stages of ACT therapy.

Part Two: Control and Acceptance 

  • Learning to help customers to accepting one's own thoughts and feelingsi, freeing themselves from the need to control or eliminate them.
  • Begin to understand the concept of cognitive defusionacquiring new methods to introduce it into customer work.
  • Supplementing the therapeutic sessions with ACT exercises to be carried out at eyes closedrecognising its powerful effect on customers.

Part Three: Cognitive defusion

  • Understanding in depth the concept of cognitive defusion.
  • Identify a number of different techniques for introduce and explain cognitive defusion.
  • Recognising the most common trapsi related to cognitive defusion, acquiring new skills for identify them and remedy it.

Part Four: The Therapythe Self and contact with the present moment

  • Numerous learning exercises to be performed with eyes closedwhich can be immediately integrated into the therapeutic work.
  • Strengthen your safety when using exercises of Therapy during the sessions.
  • Understanding how to foster awareness of the Observant self in working with customers.

Part Five: Values and Actions 

  • Understand the distinction made by the ACT between values and objectives.
  • Understanding the connection between pain and values identified by the ACT.
  • Identify strategies to modify some of the ACT techniques to make them more effective in working with the teenagers.

Part Six: Psychological Flexibility

  • Learning to adapt the ACT method to the setting and situations typical of the brief therapy.
  • Recognise the ways in which the exposure therapy is used within the ACT paradigm, learning to help clients benefit as much as possible.
  • Learning strategies to integrate the relational work to the ACT model.
What will you learn from this On-Demand Course?

Through numerous excerpts from sessions with different clients, Hayes introduces the concept of creative despairACT's unique process, which allows clients to analyse how control andavoidance of difficult emotions compromised the quality of their lives. Hayes further explains that ACT addresses the power of the individual's undisciplined thoughts and unwanted emotions, then illustrates the central principle of this therapeutic approach: the cognitive defusion. The latter identifies a process of detachment (de-fusion) from one's own thoughts, as well as the ability to learn to accept them without struggling, thus being able to be free to live life in a more conscious and intentional.

The video course then describes the components of ACT relating to the Therapyand the need to understand the importance of the values in therapy and how to integrate them into clinical practice. Finally, the concept of "psychological flexibility" - i.e. the ability to fully get in touch with one's experiences in the present momentwithout any defence - is the common thread linking the wide range of problems reported by the customers in the last video of the course "Acceptance and Commitment TherapyA series with Steven Hayes'.

Who is this On-Demand Course aimed at?
This On-Demand Course is aimed at all psychologists and psychotherapists.
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Steven Hayes
Steven C. Hayes is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada (Nevada Foundation Chair). The originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), he has published 35 books and more than 500 scientific articles. Hayes has received numerous awards and major recognitions for his contributions to the field of psychotherapy, including a lifetime achievement award from the Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

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