NSSR Psych Doing What Works: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) proposes that the root of human suffering lies in our psychological inflexibility, arising from experiential avoidance and the pernicious role of language and cognition.  Representative of the evolution of the cognitive-behavioral tradition, ACT focuses on the processes of language and behavior with less emphasis on their particular form or content.  It uses a wide variety of strategies and techniques, including ones that promote mindfulness, acceptance, cognitive defusion, and values-based living.  Over the past decade, the American Psychological Association has determined ACT to be an evidence-based therapy for depression, chronic pain, and other conditions.    

In this talk, Dr. JoAnne Dahl will provide an introduction to ACT, highlighting its incorporation of personal values and committed action.  Dr. Dahl is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.  She has considerable expertise in the behavioral treatment of epilepsy and chronic pain.  Having given dozens of presentations throughout the world, she is the author of over 30 research articles, 5 book chapters, and 5 books.  Her most recent book is The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Discover, Explore, and Commit to Valued Action Using Acceptance andCommitment Therapy


80 Fifth Avenue, Room 802

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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