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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Process-Based Work in the Clinical Relationship

Presenter: Dr. Robyn Walser
Date: Sept. 21-22, 2023
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Easton
Formats: Live In-Person, Live Remote Webcast
CE Credits: Up to 13 CE Hours

Training Abstract

Acceptance and commitment therapy employs a variety of verbal and experiential processes and techniques to assist clients in making life-enhancing choices based on personally held values. The behavioral processes implemented in ACT may be learned and understood at many levels, yet they may also remain challenging to implement in a flexible, consistent, and effective fashion inside of a complex relational issue. Multiple levels of process are present in any therapy, including intervention processes. Moving beyond simple technique and into a fluid ACT intervention requires attending to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and overarching and ongoing processes in the context of the therapy.

This is a live 2-day seminar offered in-person or remote via Zoom webcast. Throughout this workshop Dr. Walser will focus on applying ACT at the level of the interpersonal process. It will include role-plays and guided skills development. Participants will engage in exercises designed to refine and develop their ACT process skills attuning to the relationship and therapeutic stance. Didactics and discussion will be oriented to increasing flexibility in the use of the core processes and consistent application of the model.

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live-ce-training-psychologists-social-worker-counselor-mental-health-ce-certificateUp to 13 CE Hours Approved
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NBCC  13 CE Hrs
NASW 13 CE Contact Hrs #886691963-7373
NASW-UT 13 CE Contact Hrs #2020297


Suncrest Counseling, P.C.
“Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Process-Based Work in the Clinical Relationship”
ACEP No. 7258

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Learning Objectives

In this course, you will:

  1. Describe what is meant by the therapeutic presence from an ACT perspective.
  2. Explain what is meant by ACT processes in the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Explain what is meant by ACT processes and their flexible use with respect to the six core components of ACT.
  4. Describe barriers to fluid implementation of ACT and how to work through these barriers in an ACT consistent fashion.
  5. Describe intrapersonal process from an ACT perspective.
  6. Explain the purpose of self-disclosure and its use in ACT.
  7. Describe interpersonal process from an ACT perspective.
  8. Explore the purpose of interpersonal work and feedback and its use in ACT.
  9. Describe how the ACT relationship is vital to outcomes.
  10. Explain how case conceptualization guides the arc of ACT therapy.

*Tuition for this course includes Hours and CE Certificate for one of the approved Associations.  The recording will be free for all event registrants and available for up to 60 days. Please note that CE Credits will not be awarded for watching the recording. CE hours are only approved for attending the event LIVE, on both days and completing the evaluation after the event.

The contents of this program derived from the following works:

  • Walser, R. D. (2019). The Heart of ACT: Developing a Flexible, Process-Based, and Client-Centered Practice Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland,California: New Harbinger.
  • Walser, R. D., Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Mazina, B., & Taylor, C. B. (2013). Training in and implementation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for depression in the Veterans Health Administration: Therapist and patient outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51(9), 555-563.
  • Gloster, A. T., Walder, N., Levin, M. E., Twohig, M. P., & Karekla, M. (2020).The empirical status of acceptance and commitment therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 181-192.
  • Hayes, S. C., & Hofmann, S. G. (2017). The third wave of cognitive behavioral therapy and the rise of process‐based care. World Psychiatry, 16(3), 245.

Intended Audiences

This course has no prerequisites. Basic foundation using the ACT model is beneficial. Training includes, lecture, live role-play, experiential group practices. Practitioners and clinicians from beginner to advanced are welcome, including Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals

Live Workshop Schedule

Run of events subject to change. AM and PM Coffee, Tea, Beverages, and an afternoon snack will be provided at the in-person venue. Lunch will be on your own both days.

All hours are Eastern Time (ET)

Day 1 – Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023

8:00 am Check in Open – Online & In-person Attendees
8:30 am Begin Lecture and Training
10:15 am 15 Minute Break
10:30 am Training
12:00 pm Lunch  (on your own 1 hr. 15 min.)Check-in after
1:15 pm Training
2:45 pm 15 Minute Break
3:00 pm Role Play and Practical Demonstration
4:50 pm Questions and Answers
5:00 pm Close Session (check-out for day)

Day 2 – Friday, Sept. 22, 2023

8:00 am Check in open – Online & In-person Attendees
8:30 am Begin Lecture and Training
10:15 am 15 Minute Break
10:30 am Training
12:00 pm Lunch  (on your own 1 hr. 15 min.) Check-in after
1:15 pm Training
2:45 pm 15 Minute Break
3:00 pm Role Play and Practical Demonstration
4:50 pm Questions and Answers
5:00 pm Close Training (final check-out take survey)

About The Presenter:

Robyn D. Walser, PhD

Director of TL Consultation Services, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Center for PTSD. She maintains an international training, consulting, and therapy practice as a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 7 books on ACT, including a book on learning ACT. Her most recent book is The Heart of ACT- Developing a flexible, process-based, and client-centered practice using acceptance and commitment therapy.

Dr. Walser has expertise in traumatic stress, depression, and substance abuse and has authored many articles, chapters, and books on the topics. She has been doing
ACT workshops since 1997; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems.

Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and is best known for her dynamic, warm, and challenging ACT training programs.
She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art Dr. Steven C. Hayes.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Processed Based Work in the Clinical Relationship

Presentor: Dr. Robyn Walser
Date: Sept. 21-22, 2023
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Easton
Formats: Live In-Person, Live Remote Webcast
CE Crdits: Up to 13 CE Hours

Continuing Education & Course Completion Requirements

Each state has different regulations for CE credits. Please check with your state board to ensure credit will be applicable to your needs. The CE sponsors and program organizers are not to be held responsible in the event that your state board will not accept credit. Check back frequently as new CE Unit Approvals may be added leading up to the event.

Both live and live-online training attendees will be required to sign in and out each day, at breaks, attend the workshop in full, and complete the course evaluation in order to earn CE credit. Online participants must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given. Attendees should complete all required steps to earn CE credit within 30 days after the conclusion of the workshop.

Approved for CE Hours

Suncrest Counseling P.C. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7258. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Suncrest Counseling P.C. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
ACEP No. 7258 13 CE Hours
Utah Mental Health Counselors Association has approved this program for 13 continuing education hours
Approved 12/22/22 13 CE Hours
Social Workers
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers Approval #886691963-7373 for 13 continuing education contact hours
#886691963-7373 13 CE Contact Hours
Social Workers
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Process-Based Work n the Clinical Relationship is approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Utah Chapter, Approval#2020297, for 13 continuing education contact hours.
#2020297 13 CE Contact Hours
UPA – This program is approved by the Utah Psychological Association for 13 continuing education hours in live format
Approved 12/18/22 13 CE Credits
OPA – Suncrest Counseling is an approved continuing education provider by Ohio Psychological Association. This program is approved for 13 continuing education hours in live in-person and live remote format
Approved 9/1/22-8/31/24 13 CE Credits
Marriage and Family Therapists
UAMFT – Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapists has approved this live format program for 13 continuing education hours
13 CE Hours

Recommended Readings


Acceptance and commitment therapy for treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder: A case study.
Twohig, M. P.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,
16(3), 243-252.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD, 35
Scarlet, J.
Lang, A. J.
Walser, R. D.


Using acceptance and commitment therapy to guide exposure-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Thompson, B. L.,
Luoma, J. B.,
LeJeune, J. T.
Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 43(3), 133-140.

Acceptance-based interventions in the treatment of PTSD: Group and individual pilot data using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Wharton, E., Edwards, K. S., Juhasz, K., & Walser, R. D. (2019).
Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 14, 55-64.

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Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to and will be honored as follows:
Suncrest is happy to offer refunds to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 10 days in advance of the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $75. If canceled within 10 days before the event, no refund will be issued. In some cases, a credit for the same amount can be applied toward another future learning event, which expires within 1 year.

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