Upcoming Event!!!

ACBS Chicago ​Spring 2019 Workshop
Process and Relationship: Applying Advanced ACT Skills Flexibly in Clinical Practice with Dr. Robyn Walser
May 4, 2019

Past Events

Saturday April 14, 2018

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) Brief Interventions for Radical Change, presented by Kirk Strosahl, PhD.


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What is FACT?

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) is a brief, powerful, contextual behavioral intervention approach rooted in the three principles of acceptance, mindfulness and values based change. Clinicians are being faced with the ever growing pressures of how to optimize client outcomes with as few treatment sessions as possible. FACT is useful for clinicians who work in settings that require brief interventions, such as hospitals, jails, primary care clinics, and community clinics.

This workshop will introduce participants to FACT in individual and group formats using a variety of teaching methods including: didactic lectures, video demonstrations, live clinical demonstrations, experiential exercises, and guided skill training.

In addition to reviewing research pertaining to the clinical impact of brief interventions and the rapid response phenomenon in psychotherapy, this workshop will describe the evolution of the ACT “hexaflex” approach to the FACT three “pillars” approach (Open, Aware, Engaged). Dr. Strosahl will then describe and demonstrate the new “five facet” approach (focused on the Aware pillar) to conducting brief, life changing present moment awareness interventions.

Most of the workshop will revolve around skill demonstration and skill practice periods. Participants will learn these FACT skills: how to create expectancies for rapid change, use of change oriented interview skills, methods for rapid case formulation, development of problem summary statements that reframe the presenting problem, skills for following the “pillar dance” in clinical interactions, and a variety of interventions.

Intended audience:

Targeted audience for the conference is all mental health professionals with a minimum of Master’s level degree and graduate students at the Master’s level or higher, beginner through advanced learners.

More about our presenter:

Dr. Kirk Strosahl is one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and specializes in the application of ACT as a brief intervention. He has also written several professional and self-help books on the brief applications of ACT, including “Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” and “Inside This Moment: Promoting Radical Change in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” (Robinson & Gustavsson, co-authors, 2012, 2015). Dr. Strosahl has conducted numerous training workshops around the world; his approach to teaching is clinician oriented and skill based. Because of this, Dr. Strosahl has been referred to as the “hands of ACT”.

There are 6.5 CEs available for Psychologists


ACBS Chicago member Professional: $130
Non-member Professional: $135

Discounts available for Early bird, Students, and Early Professionals!

Fee includes attendance and materials. We will return full payment if the workshop is cancelled. Attendees may cancel registration by March 16th for a full refund less a $25 processing fee and before March 31st for a 50% refund less a $25 processing fee. Continuing education credits for psychologists (pending approval) are available for a $15 fee.

Registration fee includes attendance, materials, coffee, and light snacks.