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Mastering the Clinical Conversation: An Experiential Approach to Cognitive Change

  • 23 Apr 2016
  • 8:30 AM
  • 24 Apr 2016
  • 1:30 PM
  • Lloyd Classroom/Interfaith Counseling Center 15 Austin Ave. San Anselmo, CA 94960 Adjoining the grounds of the San Francisco Theological Seminary
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    *** If you require CE Certification, be sure to select the additional CE Certification Registration.
  • *** If you require CE Certification, be sure to select the additional CE Certification Registration.
  • If you live/work in the San Francisco Bay Area and are a member of ACBS (contextualscience.org) you can join the chapter here https://sfba-acbs.wildapricot.org/, and select the "Join Us" menu item.
    *** If you require CE Certification, be sure to select the additional CE Certification Registration.

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10 CEs for Psychologists
The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

10 CEs for California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs

As of July 2015 the California Board of Behavioral Sciences has designated approval agencies, such as the American Psychological Association. Providers who have APA approval can offer CE Certificates to BBS Licensees and those CEs can be used for license renewal.(www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/forms/licensee_ce_faqs_102014.pdf)

Description:

One of the cornerstones of acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies is to refrain from attempting to change clients’ thoughts, and instead aim for changing their relationship to their thoughts. Yet relationships with thoughts are not fundamentally different from thoughts: both are instances of language and cognition. Rather than giving up on cognitive change techniques altogether, clinicians can enhance acceptance, mindfulness, and meaningful action by treating thinking as a clinically relevant behavior that is shapeable through contextual and experiential interventions.

 Based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT), this workshop will provide key principles that clinicians from any theoretical or treatment background can use to promote beneficial cognition, while avoiding the pitfalls of traditional cognitive change strategies (e.g. paradoxical effects of thought suppression, fruitless debates about reality, pathologizing certain thoughts and their thinkers). You will learn how to use the clinical conversation to shape language and cognition that promote healthy behavior and well-being, without incurring unintended harmful consequences.

 The structure of the training is intended to build clinical competence, not just knowledge. Didactic presentations will be pragmatic and opportunities for practice and feedback will be emphasized. Learning activities will include video demonstration and analysis, behavioral rehearsal of micro-skills, guided self-assessment, and planning for continued improvement.

 This training is appropriate for healthcare providers at all levels of expertise and working with any population in any treatment setting. Learning activities will include examples from a variety of evidence-based practices. No prior knowledge of RFT is required.

 Included in the training fees:

10 hours of instruction; handouts; morning coffee, tea and bagels, afternoon snacks

 After the training, participants will be able to:

1) Describe the role of language in psychotherapy from a contextual behavioral perspective

2) Describe the basic principles of relational frame theory relevant to clinical interventions

3) Describe the four main RFT principles for shaping cognition through clinical conversations

4) Apply contextual interventions to cognitive change

5) Apply functional coherence strategies to promote cognitive change

6) Apply experiential strategies to promote cognitive change

7) Apply integrative strategies to promote cognitive change

8) Discriminate between RFT consistent and inconsistent cognitive change strategies

9) Apply techniques from a variety of psychotherapy models inside the RFT framework to promote cognitive change

10) Provide effective feedback to colleagues in training and consultation contexts

This training is fully supported by fees – there is no commercial support. 

The training is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

 Instructor

 Matthieu Villatte, PhD is a Research Scientist and Clinical Trainer at the Evidence Based Practice Institute in Seattle, WA.

He obtained his doctoral degree in France, with an emphasis on Relational Frame Theory, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Steven Hayes.

He is the co-author of the first manual published in French on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. His new book, Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, is co-authored by Jennifer Villatte and Steven Hayes.

He also authored and co-authored chapters in several books on contextual behavioral science, such as The Self and Perspective Taking, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students, The Big Book of ACT Metaphors, Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory and Research, Working with Emotions in CBT, The Handbook of Contextual Behavioral Science. 

Matthieu Villatte is an ACT Trainer, peer-reviewed by the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). He has facilitated over 70 workshops on the clinical applications of Contextual Behavioral Science in North and South America, in Australia, and in Europe.

 Format of the Training:

Didactic presentation and experiential clinical skills practice.

 Schedule

Saturday April 23, 2016
8:30 - 9:00     Arrive and Sign-In (No CE's)
9:00 - 11:00    Training: The RFT approach to using language in therapy – didactics and videos (2 hrs)
11:00 - 11:15   Break (No CE's)
11:15 - 12:30   Training: Integrative shaping - videos and role-plays (1.25 hrs)
12:30 - 2:00    Lunch (No CE's)
2:00 - 3:30     Training: Experiential shaping - videos and role-plays (1.5 hrs)
3:30 - 3:45     Break (No CE's)
3:45 - 5:00     Training: Experiential shaping - videos and role-plays (1.25 hrs)
Sunday April 24,2016
8:30 - 9:00     Arrive and Sign-In (No CE's)
9:00 - 11:00    Training:  Functional coherence - videos and role-plays (2 hrs)
11:00 - 11:30   30-Minute Break (no CE's)
11:30 - 1:30    Training/Closing: Getting fluent with RFT principles in the therapy room (2 hrs)

Refund Policy:
If you cancel your registration:

  • 21 or more days before the date of the event, we’ll refund all of your registration fee or give you credit to a future event;
  • 20 to 7 days before the event, we’ll refund 75% of your fee;
  • Fewer than 7 days before an event, we’ll refund 50% of your fee.

If you don’t cancel before the event begins, we can’t refund your fees, but we’ll give you a credit toward a future event in the amount of 50% of your registration fee.
If we cancel an event for any reason, of course, we’ll refund all of your registration fees.
Continuing-education certification fees can be refunded until the day before the event. They become non-refundable on the first day of the event. Continuing-education certification purchased at an event is non-refundable.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Michael Vurek at michaelvurek@gmail.com

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