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Mindfulness and Values in a Stressed-out World

Presented by Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D.

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March 5–6, 2015
9:00 am–4:30 pm
Ensminger Pavilion, WSU campus, Pullman

Please join us for a two-day seminar on integrating mindfulness and values work in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This seminar is open to clinicians and therapists interested in furthering their professional skills, as well as to individuals motivated for personal growth.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness- and acceptance-oriented cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT). ACT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance abuse, as well as for workplace stress, chronic pain, diabetes, management and other health concerns. ACT is also well suited to multi-problem and treatment-resistant clients. Trials done with high numbers of participants with DSM Axis II diagnoses as well as clients with severe substance abuse problems have produced solid benefits.

Acceptance, Defusion, and Mindfulness Interventions. We will look at how ACT works with unhelpful patterns of thinking, using acceptance, defusion (or de-fusing), and mindfulness interventions. ACT uses mindfulness strategies in innovative ways—combining both relatively traditional mindfulness practices with other interventions that involve momentary touching of mindfulness processes within ongoing therapeutic work. ACT’s defusion strategies often provide active and surprising alternative means of working with difficult cognitions or mindsets.

Values and Behavioral Activation Interventions. Research is proving that getting people moving is good medicine. Particularly in cases of anxiety and depression, we often see restrictions in activity—sometimes in the form of reduced or even stopped general activity or as very narrow patterns of activity.

In ACT, behavioral activation occurs inside the values and commitment work, seeking to ease clients back into the stream of life, focusing on getting them active, in large and small ways, in areas of living that are meaningful to them. Because of its roots in the behavioral tradition, ACT involves shaping patterns of activation. We begin where the client (who may be ourself) is, no matter how restricted, and we shape, sometimes starting with the tiniest engagements in lived values. Over time, we help clients to actively drive their own growth in valued areas of living.

ACT for Clinicians. Clinicians may see these patterns of thinking and behaving combine in bewildering ways. The tangle of thinking and behaving can seem impenetrable for both the client and the therapist. The same ACT principles that apply to clients also apply to therapists. Therefore, we will look at the ways that mindfulness and values can help free up clinicians and aid them in their work with even the most difficult clients.

Learning Objectives

Material and skills will be taught through both direct teaching and through the use of clinical examples. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale and empirical support for values and mindfulness interventions.
  2. Use ACT values interventions to motivate both personal and client change and to foster a strong working alliance between client and therapist.
  3. Use new values and commitment interventions and use the acceptance and mindfulness interventions that complement them.
  4. Use new values/mindfulness worksheets and homework assignments.

The Presenter

Workshops and Consultation with Kelly G. Wilson
Workshops and Consultation
with Kelly G. Wilson

Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and award-winning lecturer at the University of Mississippi. He directs the University of Mississippi Center for Contextual Psychology. He is former President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, former Representative-at-Large of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for more than 20 years, publishing 47 articles, 36 chapters, and 10 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2nd ed.); Mindfulness for Two: The Place of Mindfulness in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; and The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An ACT Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse. His central interests are in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning, values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness. Dr. Wilson has presented workshops in 32 countries, and has participated as co-investigator in a wide range of research projects in the U.S. and around the world.

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