Please note: this is very much an intermediate level workshop and is not open to beginners.
Do you find your ACT skills are sometimes chunky and clunky? Are you ready to move to fluid and flexible ACT? Then you will love this workshop by master clinician and peer reviewed trainer, Lou Lasprugato.
We all know that manualised, diagnostic-based approaches struggle with the fluid and dynamic psychology of each human being we encounter in our clinical work. What do we do with a client who doesn’t quite fit the model? What do we do with clients who have two, three or four diagnosable problems at the same time!
A new wave of process-based therapies is emerging in behavioural and cognitive approaches, that seeks to address this issue, calling for a “context-and individual-sensitive, principles-informed approach to care” (Ong, Levin, & Twohig, 2020). This wave is founded on the ongoing question, “What core biopsychosocial processes should be targeted with this client given this goal in this situation, and how can they most efficiently and effectively be changed?” (Hofmann & Hayes, 2019). This affirms a “commitment to responding to in-the-moment processes, which are to be conceptualized based on the functions they serve for the individual.” (Ong, Levin, & Twohig, 2020).
Lou will take you through these latest developments to demonstrate the power of behavioural interventions of modelling, evoking, and reinforcing, and how you can employ them to actively and effectively shape psychological flexibility in session. In this way, you learn how to apply ACT in a fluid and flexible way, to keep your work fresh, organic and deeply functional.
This intermediate-level 4-hour workshop will stretch you to help you progress to your next level as an ACT practitioner. It will focus on deepening and sharpening your ACT abilities through grounding your approach in contextual behavioral principles and the latest cutting-edge developments in process-based therapy. You will learn how to detect and code across the six dimensions of psychological flexibility to maximise the impact of your interventions.
The workshop will include the use of a video vignette, a demonstration, and small, feedback-enhanced, group sessions.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
Lou Lasprugato, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Integrative Psychotherapist with Sutter Health’s Institute for Health and Healing, and Peer-Reviewed Trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Lou has been facilitating workshops and presentations on ACT, mindfulness, nutritional psychology, and integrative mental health since 2012. His workshops have a reptuation of being informative, inspiring, heartfelt, and practical in application. Lou also offers individual training and consultation on ACT and other contextual behavioral approaches while maintaining a private practice in Davis, CA. He earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Holistic Studies from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, following a career as a professional musician.
How do I access the online workshop?
It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.
Can I ask questions during the presentation?
Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.
Will I receive a CPD certificate?
Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.
Can I view the presentation afterwards?
Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished. You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.
What equipment do I need?
You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).
Can I still participate in any skills practice work?
Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.
Will I be able to access the online workshop on my computer?
Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.
How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?
We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.
There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.