Exploring Values, Meaning, and Purpose in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Life invites obstacles, problems, and pain. There is no escaping this simple truth. Yet, this truth is also one of the main reasons people seek out mental health services. Many people view forms of pain as a problem and as a major obstacle to a life well lived. Still, another truth is this: Human beings struggle with various forms of emotional and psychological pain. If left unchecked, the struggle itself can often transform pain into suffering and become a major barrier to living a full, rich, and meaningful life. Worse, it can contribute to a deeper form of pain; namely, the pain of an...Read more unlived life. It is here where doing effective values work can help provide a direction and purpose for psychotherapy, while also dignifying the hard work of psychotherapy and the inevitable challenges that life offers outside of psychotherapy. In this webinar, we will explore how to do meaningful and effective values work through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
As will be described, ACT offers a unique approach and set of strategies to help clients clarify and take actions consistent with their values (i.e., what really matters to them) while nurturing skills and the flexibility needed to move with barriers that may arise. We will explore experiential exercises and therapeutic strategies that will help mental health professionals apply and integrate values work into their mental health practice. Broadly, our time together will be guided by an intention to help our clients live well even when life is hard, and all they carry seems too much to bear. Less...
- Define and conceptualize values from an ACT lens.
- Describe various values clarification strategies and their purpose in ACT.
- Integrate values work into the therapeutic conversation and as a context for therapy itself to facilitate therapeutic change.
- Intermediate to Advanced
Saturday, February 18, 2023
11:00 AM EST - 02:15 PM ESTRegister for this Webinar
About the speaker
John P. Forsyth, PhD
John is the author of several popular books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety (2nd edition), ACT on Life, Not On Anger, and Your Life on Purpose. His latest book, Anxiety Happens, is for anyone who gets tripped up now and then by anxiety and fear.
He received his B.A. in psychology from Providence College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University. He did his pre-doctoral internship training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson VAMC Consortium, where he served as Chief Psychology Resident within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
He has authored and co-authored over 100 articles, five books (many of which have been translated in other languages), several book chapters, routinely leads professional workshops on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy across the United States and abroad, and has presented hundreds of talks at professional meetings.
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