Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Serious Mental Illness
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Availability
On-Demand
Expires on May 07, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a relatively new and promising evidence-based approach to the treatment of severe mental illness such schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and major depression with psychotic features. While medications have traditionally been the treatment of choice for persons with symptoms of psychosis, they are frequently not enough. ACT can be integrated or used adjunctively with the interdisciplinary treatment modes commonly used in inpatient and outpatient settings. ACT for psychosis does not directly target reduction of psychosis symptoms; rather, ACT aims to improve the ability to cope with psychotic symptoms and to reduce distress associated with psychotic symptoms. ACT seeks to increase patients’ willingness to respond to internal events with an accepting, non-judgmental awareness. This form of intervention can be particularly helpful when patients are struggling with internal events that are not amenable to control, or when persisting with efforts to control them leads to problems in everyday life. ACT encourages values- based living with the goals of helping patients become less entangled with their symptoms and more focused on effective behavior. In this webinar, we will review the principles of and evidence supporting ACT, learn how to utilize ACT approaches with clients with avoidance problems, and demonstrate clinical techniques for applying ACT.

Format

Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on May 7, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the current state of evidence for ACT treatment with psychosis.
  • Describe how to utilize acceptance approaches with avoidance problems to strengthen a client’s willingness to have distressing thoughts and emotions.
  • Demonstrate clinical techniques for increasing psychological flexibility in clients using ACT.

Outline

  • Introduce principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Overview of research and evidence supporting ACT
  • Explain how to apply ACT to psychosis
  • Introduce clinical techniques of ACT
  • Presenter Q&A

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker

Instructional Level

Introductory

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: May 7, 2021 
Program End Date: May 7, 2024

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

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How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video and submitting an evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), CE certificate (social workers), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists

The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers 

American Psychiatric Association, provider #1743, 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. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020-05/18/2021 and 05/18/2021-05/18/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 (clinical) continuing education credits.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor

  • Dr. Jennifer L. Patterson is a Clinical Psychologist and is an expert in training professionals in the practice and philosophy of compassionate and mindful living. Dr. Patterson is a public speaker who leads workshops across the US and internationally. Dr. Patterson is the clinical director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute (MPI) in Joliet, Illinois and established MPI's Clinic for Compulsive Behaviors which aims to use evidenced-based treatment for behaviors like OCD, hoarding, self-injury, and emotional eating. At MPI she supervises pre-doctoral candidates using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Dr. Patterson reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Planners

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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