ACT II – Skills Building Intensives


Join us for an ACT clinical skills-building intensive, an opportunity to practice reading, targeting, and moving psychological flexibility processes. In this entirely new type of intermediate ACT workshop, the most experienced ACT therapist of all, Steve Hayes, has developed a comprehensive set of creative exercises that build out ACT as different type of evidence-based practice: not protocols for syndromes, but evidence-based processes linked to procedures that address problems and promote prosperity in people.

ACT II will help you see psychological flexibility processes in flight, and target these processes at will within the therapeutic relationship, changing evidence-based therapy from a kind of march into a fluid psychotherapeutic dance. Even the style of the workshop is different. Just as you can’t learn to dance solely through verbal instructions — you have to practice and get feedback — this skills-building intensive creates more fluid and flexible ACT abilities by creatively breaking ACT down into a manageable set of key skills and learning them by demonstration, practice, and feedback. If you have ever felt stuck in a corner of the psychological flexibility model in your ACT work, after this workshop you will learn moves that takes you out of that corner and advances therapeutic progress.

This 2-day training will help you:

  • Detect psychological flexibility processes in flight in session
  • Conceptualize cases in terms of flexibility processes
  • Target psychological flexibility processes at will at any point in therapy
  • Develop flexible and productive core intervention skills in ACT
  • Use these skills to create a powerful therapeutic relationship

Participants should have had some training in ACT. That means, at a minimum, participants should be reasonably familiar with the six core ACT processes.  If you are at that level or above, this workshop is for you. Even expert ACT therapists will benefit because these exercises will further shape your skills.