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Saturday, April 6, 2024
ACT with Challenging Clients:
Integrating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Enhance Your Interventions

Time: 9am-4pm (Program)

Location: Live Webinar

Credits: 6.5 CEUs (NYS LMSW/LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Instructor: Dr. Richard Sears

Cost: $169 Individual, $99 Early Bird (register by 3/15/24)

$89 5+ Group (same organization), $50 Grad Students



If you or your clients are feeling stuck, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can give you a bigger 

perspective on the dynamics of why and where the inertia is happening.

ACT is an evidence-based approach that can incorporate any other effective intervention. Acceptance processes, which include mindfulness, help clients let go of struggles with their own internal experiences with strong thoughts and feelings. Commitment processes help clients clarify and move toward their own values in the service of living a more meaningful life.

Join experienced ACT presenter Dr. Richard Sears as he delivers an exercise and technique-heavy course that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. Richard will teach you the main concepts of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and defusion--demonstrating how these create greater psychological flexibility. 

Discover a variety of techniques for helping clients who are struggling to make difficult behavior changes due to the presence of painful thoughts, feelings, and memories. You will learn how to effectively use metaphors, custom techniques, and experiential exercises to help your clients identify their values and translate them into behavior goals.

Through lecture, case examples, and experiential exercises, 

you will be able to integrate ACT techniques and skills in your practice immediately!

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance.

Define cognitive defusion and how clients can use it to change their relationship to distressing thoughts.

Help clients clarify their values to give them direction and willingness to engage with challenges.

Practice mindfulness skills to teach clients to better understand unhelpful automatic patterns of thinking, feeling, and reacting.

Integrate ACT techniques into treatments for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.


Richard W. Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist

in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, where he is in private practice for both therapy and consultation, 

and is Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation.

He holds several academic appointments, including the Department of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral

Neurosciences with the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Sears is also a psychologist contractor with the

Cincinnati VA Medical Center and with Alliance Integrative Medicine.

A sought-after professional speaker, Dr. Sears has provided hundreds of seminars on Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness around the world, and is the author of over a dozen books,

including the forthcoming ACT with Anxiety (2020), The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox (2017), Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (2014) and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals (2006). He is also a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, once serving as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet. 

He has a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and received ordination in three traditions, as well as recognition as a Zen master, experiences that have greatly enriched his understanding of and passion for teaching the principles of mindfulness and ACT. 

His website is

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At Counseling Services of Long Island, our goal is to help you stay updated with the latest research, theories, and techniques in the industry.

Enroll now and join an elite group of your peers.

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