2-Day Advanced Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: Your Essential Guide to Clinical Application & Integration of ACT Across Diagnoses

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Michael C. May
12 Hours 56 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 05, 2020


This program is the essential guide to actually using ACT with your clients.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) has long been established as effective in treating clients with a variety of clinical diagnoses.

But learning about the six core processes of ACT and applying those concepts in session are two very different things. 

Buy this two-day experiential ACT training course recording, and instead of relearning the basic ACT processes, you’ll leave able to skillfully use ACT to treat your clients.

ACT expert and clinician, Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, will teach you how to overcome common issues clinicians have when using ACT, and he’ll address the most frequently asked questions he receives from other clinicians about implementing ACT in session.

You’ll hone your skills and finish this program able to:

  • Use ACT to treat your clients, regardless of diagnosis
  • Seamlessly integrate ACT with other modalities
  • Troubleshoot & resolve in-session issues
  • Create your own ACT metaphors & exercises to individualize treatment
  • Boost client engagement & reduce resistance

FREE Materials For Your Clinical Toolbox!

  • Psychological flexibility assessment
  • Go-to defusion exercises handout
  • Case conceptualization form
  • ”Undermine the Control Agenda” worksheet



  • Functional Contextualism
  • Hexaflex & Inflexahex
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • Empirical support for ACT
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
FAQ 1: “How would I use ACT for…?”
  • Convert the DSM® into psychological inflexibility
  • Differentiate topography & function of behavior
  • Attend to the ABCs of behavior
  • Spot the toxic twins: Fusion & avoidance
  • Which ACT process are you targeting in session?
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: Functional analysis as mindfulness
    • Video demo: PTSD
    • Skills Training: Spot experiential avoidance
FAQ 2: “Does ACT have any metaphors or exercises for…?”
  • How metaphor functions in ACT
  • Experiential learning vs. psychoeducation
  • Key components of ACT metaphors
  • Create your own metaphors
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: Confront the control agenda
    • Exercise: Use of embodied metaphors
    • Exercise: Flexible perspective-taking
    • Video Demonstration: MDD
    • Skills Training: Create an ACT Tool-Box
FAQ 3: “Can I use ACT with CBT?”
  • Cognitive restructuring vs. defusion
  • How to bring restructuring & defusion together
  • Create experiential learning for your client
  • Recognize rule-governed behavior
  • Foster behaviors that are in line with values
  • Pick go-to defusion exercises & metaphors
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: What your words evoke for clients
    • Exercise: Having vs. wrestling with thoughts
    • Video Demonstration: OCD
    • Skills Training: Spotting cognitive fusion
FAQ 4: “Can I integrate ACT with other modalities?”
  • Exposure Therapy
    • Should you use the SUDs scale?
    • Alternatives to SUDS scale
    • Integrate ACT & exposure for trauma
    • Merge distress tolerance with exposure
  • Behavioral Activation
    • Make behavioral activation experiential
    • Utilize values to inform activity scheduling
    • Use defusion to undermine motivation issues
    • Apply acceptance to erode emotional reasoning
  • Other Approaches
    • Skills training for social anxiety
    • Habit reversal training for compulsive behaviors
    • Contingency management for substance abuse
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Video Demonstration: Panic Disorder
    • Skills Training: Integrate ACT into your practice
FAQ 5: “The client’s progress has stopped. What should I do?”
  • Spot avoidance in your own responses
  • Undermine the “only one right way” agenda
  • Address the clinical “crisis of the week”
  • Exercises
    • Exercise: Spot aversive control in your behavior
    • Exercise: “Nothing is working”
FAQ 6: “How can ACT increase client engagement & reduce resistance?”
  • Model ACT processes for the client
  • Utilize ACT to boost engagement
  • Acceptance of the client’s truth as it is
  • Create a relationship that is non-hierarchical
  • Acceptance & defusion to address resistance
  • When you shouldn’t try to persuade your client


2-Day Advanced Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: Your Essential Guide to Clinical Application & Integration of ACT Across Diagnoses

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Compassionate Psychological Care, LLP

Michael C. May, MA, LCPC is a psychotherapist in private practice and an ACT Trainer. He is a founding partner of Compassionate Psychological Care, LLP, a clinic that provides a wide-range of psychological services with offices in Chicago and Highland Park, IL.  Within his private practice, his clinical work is focused on anxiety-related presenting concerns, primarily Panic Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Michael is also co-founder of Enriched Couples LLC, a company focused on utilizing applied behavioral science in conjunction with financial literacy training to aid young couples in undermining toxic experiential avoidance and building vital and valued relationships.

Michael has received advanced training in various contextual behavioral approaches to psychotherapy including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and regularly provides workshops and professional trainings on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Michael is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois.  He is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael May maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michael May has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.