Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Addiction –
Developing Client Psychological Flexibility For Beginner and Intermediate ACT Practitioners - 4/28/17, 1pm-4pm
School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY
Presenter: Don Sheeley, MD, ABIM, ABEM, ASAM
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a curriculum developed by Steven Hayes, PhD and others. The ACT Hexaflex offers 6 focus areas the therapist can address with clients using a transdiagnostic approach.. The goal of ACT is psychological flexibility, the ability to choose and follow through with healthy behaviors even in the presence of uncomfortable thoughts or feelings. We teach clients how to change their relationship with thoughts and feelings to move forward in their lives. ACT is based in part on Relational Frame Theory, which demonstrates how we react arbitrarily to various environmental stimuli. We can learn to step back and see our thoughts as proposals, and sit in the “driver’s seat’” and watch our own internal phenomena as well as the external world. ACT also helps us see how other therapies work, and build on them. Learning new skills, behavioral activation, and self-compassion are areas that we also work on and strengthen.
This workshop will present an overview of ACT as well as applications and tools for clients with substance use disorders and other addictions. The presenter will offer some examples from his private practice in addiction medicine and ACT psychotherapy in Saratoga Springs, NY. There will be a didactic presentation as well as experiential exercises.