Despite the popularity of mindfulness, not all our clients want to embrace an Eastern philosophy and sit on a meditation cushion every day. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers a way to use the power of contemplative practice while promoting concrete and quantifiable change. In this workshop, you’ll focus on specific ACT strategies and tools to integrate into your practice, including how to:
- Use ACT to increase psychological flexibility to cope with a wide variety of clinical problems—including depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse—by helping clients to not believe their thoughts
- Apply the Mindful Action Plan (MAP) to help clients keep solid, values-based commitments
- Respect cultural diversity while teaching contemplative practices
- Seamlessly weave the ACT model into your current therapeutic practices
Daniel J Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the past-president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the international ACT organization with over 8,000 members worldwide. He co-authored the first case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy entitled ACT in Practice (New Harbinger), and served on the first ACT training committee.
A recognized ACT Trainer in the ACBS community, Dr. Moran has an engaging training style that led him to be an invited keynote speaker for many events in the last decade. He has also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC, and The Discovery Channel discussing the treatment of many clinical disorders, and has published several articles and book chapters including publications with CBT pioneer Albert Ellis, and ACT pioneer Steven Hayes.
Dr. Moran founded the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, a clinic in Chicagoland, and continues to supervise therapists and treat patients in that organization. His passion is for applying the ACT principles in important areas outside of the clinic, such as the boardroom or construction sites. He established Pickslyde Consulting in order to bring mindfulness and value-directed commitment skills to the workplace in order to improve safety, innovation, and leadership. Dr. D.J. has utilized ACT in work implementations and clinical training sites on six continents and in all 50 of the United States.