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CE Workshop: Applied Considerations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Anxiety
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Full Title: Applied Considerations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Anxiety as an Example

When: 11/6/2015
9:00am-4:00pm (Break: 12-1pm)
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: W. Jeffrey Henderson, PhD, ABPP; Akihiko Masuda, PhD; and Kate Morrissey Stahl, MA, MSW, LCSW
Contact: Amy Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications

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Full Title: Applied Considerations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Anxiety as an Example

The purpose of this six-hour workshop is to present the issues and challenges that the clinicians face in the application of ACT to a range of applied contexts, such as anxiety. Using didactic and experiential methods, the workshop covers several major topics: (a) a brief overview of ACT in theory and practice and ACT account of anxiety, (b) issues and considerations when applied to ACT to a given individual client with anxiety concerns, (c) considerations when applied to those with differing cultural backgrounds with anxiety concerns, and (d) clinical examples of how to adapt ACT techniques while staying ACT consistent in theory.

The workshop will include a significant number of experiential components based on the personal experiences of participants and facilitators. Participation in any given exercise will be voluntary.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the basic knowledge of ACT and ACT as applied to anxiety.
    2. List the common issues and challenges relevant in application of ACT.
    3. Demonstrate ACT core processes of change with anxiety as an applied clinical example.
    4. Discuss and apply ACT functionally and contextually.
    5. Explain ACT-informed case conceptualization with anxiety concerns.
    6. Utilize ACT as a guiding principle, not merely as a set of techniques.

    CE Hours: 6

    About the Presenters:

    Jeffrey Henderson, PhD, ABPP is a psychologist employed at the University of Georgia Counseling and Psychiatric Services. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993. He has expertise and experience drawn from a mental health career spanning over twenty five years as a service provider and college instructor.


    Akihiko Masuda, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University. Dr. Masuda received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Nevada, Reno in 2006. He has exceptional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His clinical experiences are broad, with diverse clinical populations in a wide range of clinical settings, including university counseling center, inpatient and outpatient hospital, and residential home.



    Kate Morrissey Stahl, MA, MSW, LCSW clinically specializes in mindfulness-based interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and yoga at North Star Therapy Group. She works with individuals, couples, and families. She has master’s degrees in communication and clinical social work, as well as being a certified yoga teacher. She has co-led professional trainings in ACT, and she co-founded an ACT peer consultation group that meets monthly in Athens, Georgia.





    Registration Costs

    Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 23, 2015 to receive this rate.)

    • $130: GPA Members
    • $50: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
    • $195: Non-members
    Registration (After October 23, 2015)
    • $140: GPA Members
    • $60: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
    • $205: Non-members
    Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.


    Cancellation Policy:
    Registrants must cancel through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
    Cancellation Fee: $35
    Refunds will not be given for cancellations within five (5) business days prior to the workshop date.

    The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.