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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Intensive ACT Therapy

Looking to improve your therapy approach?
How often do you review your appointment calendar and start wondering how you’re going to, finally, help a regular client who seems to progress for a while - and then regress?
Each time he/she arrives, you use the same tools and techniques you’ve used for so long - and mostly successfully - but this one client is testing your skills. Now, you can begin to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your practice - and see improved outcomes.
Researched and developed by world-renowned researcher, speaker and author Steven Hayes, PhD, ACT is fast becoming the treatment approach that gets to the heart of therapeutic relationship.
  • ACT techniques for mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, anger and more
  • Experiential exercises, case studies and video examples
  • Practical & transformative for you and your clients!
Join ACT expert, trainer and co-author with Steven Hayes of ACT in Practice, Daniel J. Moran Ph.D., BABA-D, for this Acceptance & Commitment Therapy workshop where you will develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:
  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders


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Daniel J Moran
12 Hours 13 Minutes
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07 Jul, 2016
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Ph.D., BCBA-D, Owner

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the former 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.

As a recognized ACT Trainer in the ACBS community, Dr. Moran has an engaging training style that has 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. Moran has utilized ACT in work implementations and clinical training sites on six continents and in all 50 of the United States.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Daniel Moran founded Pickslyde Consulting. He is an author for New Harbinger and receives royalties. Dr. Moran receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Daniel Moran is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Describe the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients advance psychological flexibility.
  2. Incorporate the role of psychological flexibility when applying ACT to clinical practice.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with avoidance problems to help strengthen a client’s willingness to have emotions.
  4. Implement clinical skills for helping clients with defusing from language obstacles.
  5. Utilize exercises in therapy to aid clients in developing the flexibility to engage in the present moment.
  6. Analyze how a client’s unclarified values can lead to clinical problems in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  7. Integrate ACT into different therapeutic styles and methods as an approach to managing symptoms.
  8. Create committed action plans for clients with anxiety disorders to improve level of functioning.
  9. Use metaphors to undermine language-based avoidance repertoires to improve client engagement.
  10. Implement emotional and behavioral willingness techniques with clients to reduce experiential avoidance.
  11. Integrate ACT techniques into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.
  12. Demonstrate how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance.


The ACT Model
  • The nature of human suffering
  • “Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model
  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important
  • Case example: Teenage shyness & hoarding
  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Deal with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion
  • “Taking your mind for a walk” exercise
  • Case example: Eating disorders & social phobia
  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues
  • Case examples related to PTSD & childhood sexual trauma
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action
  • Case example: Anger, personality disorders, alcoholism
Values Work
  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification
  • Establishing the life line
  • Case example: Heroin addiction, bipolar disorder
Committed Action
  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT
  • Accelerate exposure therapy with ACT
  • Case example: Depression, agoraphobia
Pulling It All Together
  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach
  • Case example: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach
  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive coaching
The Mindful Action Plan
  • ACT simplified
  • Passengers on the bus: The classic ACT group exercise
  • How ACT can make you a better therapist



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Total Reviews: 1087


Karah S - SAN ANTONIO, Texas

"Registration through PESI was amazing and when I needed assistance they were helpful and quick to fix any problems."

Dawn F - KNOXVILLE, Tennessee

"Mr. Moran is a dynamic and interesting speaker! "

Bruce K - PETALUMA, California

"Great course, great presenter"

Gwendolyn C

"Very informative"

Tsaiti C - Mountain View, California

"Great speaker. Love it. Love all the examples were given. Learned a lot! Thanks"

Michael H - LIBERTY, Missouri

"This course is the best developed and delivered course I have had the opportunity to experience in 40 years of psychology practice. No exaggeration. I have maintained an ongoing attempt to integrate several theoretical and practical approaches in my work. ACT is the approach that most effectively enables me to to this. Dr. Moran is a gifted teacher and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from him."

Adam S - HAMMOND, Indiana

"DJ was awesome! Very helpful!!"

Emma V - LAKE SAINT LOUIS, Missouri

"I learned so much about ACT and how to use this therapy with my clients, but also in my own life. This seminar exceeded all my expectations and I'm beyond thrilled I took this course. DJ also presented this material in a way that it can be helpful with any population. I'm ecstatic!"

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