New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • April 11, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH
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A 12 hour training event on April 11-12th with Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:  Clients get stuck; helpers get stuck with them.  They get stuck in their feelings, thoughts, stories and repetitive behavioral patterns, called psychological rigidity. Persistent psychological rigidity can be seen as the core of most mental disorders.  Help your clients get unstuck by learning skills of psychological flexibility.  Watch your clients get out of their heads and move toward living well regardless of the diagnosis.   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) views clients as stuck rather than sick and occasional psychological rigidity and experiential avoidance as a part of the human condition.  ACT is an accepted evidenced based practice helping clients with a wide range of emotional, psychological and behavioral difficulties. It combines the wisdom and effectiveness of motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices and behavioral activation.   An ACT clinical approach uses experiential exercises and metaphors to engage the client in conversations that move away from symptom reduction only and move toward a life that has meaning and purpose.  By integrating ACT into your practice, you can help your clients to: Unhook from negative/harmful thoughts; Be more present; Accept what cannot be changed; Focus on what’s most important in their lives; Take committed action toward their values; and have a kinder and more realistic view of themselves.  Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce ACT model, philosophy and core concepts of psychological rigidity and flexibility.  Attendees will leave this training with a basic understanding of ACT approaches and with specific interventions they can employ immediately.  Following sessions build on the overview and provide more in-depth focus on additional interventions that enhance flexibility.

Learning Objectives Day 1 – Overview of model which will include:  Illustrate the power of language and normal mental processes to amplify pain into suffering; Describe the role of experiential control and avoidance in psychopathology; Introduce the ACT hexaflex as a clinical frame; Identify the 6 core processes of psychological rigidity and describe the 6 core processes of psychological flexibility.  Learning Objectives Day 2 – Focus on experiential activities using skills from the hexaflex including:  “present moment”, “perspective taking”, “acceptance”, “defusion”, “values” and “committed action.”

PRESENTER:  Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS  is an individual therapist, group facilitator, clinical supervisor and trainer with 21 year of experience. In previous positions she was director of inpatient services for a women’s substance abuse and co-occurring disorders residential and halfway house programs;  led an Assertive Community Treatment team;  supervised a large detoxification and rehabilitation center specializing in co–occurring disorders, relapse prevention and early recovery for men and women; facilitated groups for anger management, addiction/recovery and mindfulness; and worked with domestic violence offenders.  Since 2001 she has been facilitating trainings on addiction, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders for a wide variety of agencies and organizations in Maine. She served as adjunct faculty for North Carolina State University, University of New England and University of Southern Maine in social work and counseling. She currently serves as visiting faculty in the Tufts Psychiatry Residency program at Maine Medical Center. She has expertise in trauma and recovery, motivational interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, group facilitation, difficult conversations, ethics and clinical supervision.  She maintains a private practice in Portland serving adults with a special focus on caring for professionals in mental health, medical, legal and other helping professions.

Fee NHADACA Members:  $110; Non-Members $130; *NBCC add $5.  Lunch is on your own.  For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

12 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Category: 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 6, 7, 8, 11
CRSW Performance Domains:  4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a wait list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for trainings.

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