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  • BASE 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 580 Charlotte, NC, 28209 United States (map)

ACT Skills for Clinicians

Presented by Kristin Daley, Ph.D.

Feel free to bring a snack or lunch.

2 Continuing Education Credits

BASE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BASE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Cognitive behavioral therapies have proven to be incredibly effective in the treatment of psychological disorders, and innovation continues within this discipline. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the third wave cognitive behavioral therapies that is built from relational frame theory and has been utilized effectively as stand-alone treatment for a wide variety of psychological disorders. This is a newer approach within the realm of cognitive behavioral therapies that can add additional tools to the CBT therapist’s toolkit. Specifically, the emphasis within ACT on utilization of personal values as motivation for change and strategies to separate from over attachment to thoughts can be essential adjunctive skills for practicing CBT therapists.

This training will present values clarification activities, mindfulness approaches, and specific techniques for assisting clients in cognitive defusion. We will draw from published studies of ACT skills adjunctive to existing CBT therapies for social anxiety disorder and depression. We will identify the specific benefits of engaging with an ACT approach and utilizing clinical flexibility without losing treatment efficacy. All ACT approaches will be practiced within the context of the training.


Learning Objectives

· Participants will list the 6 main components of ACT

· Describe the differences in treatment of maladaptive thoughts between ACT and CBT

· Identify values clarification activities from ACT and describe their clinical application

· Describe mindfulness applications for values clarification and cognitive defusion

· Identify cognitive defusion strategies from ACT and their application for expanding psychological flexibility


This program is appropriate for licensed psychologists and other mental health practitioners who utilize cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Training is at an introductory level.


Grumet, R., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2016). A case for integrating values clarification work into cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 26(1), 11-21.

Hallis, L., Cameli, L., Dionne, F., & Knäuper, B. (2016). Combining Cognitive Therapy with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for depression: A manualized group therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 26(2), 186-201.

Hancock, K. M., Swain, J., Hainsworth, C. J., Dixon, A. L., Koo, S., & Munro, K. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy versus cognitive behavior therapy for children with anxiety: Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 47(2), 296-311.

Salande, J. D., & Hawkins, R. C. II. (2017). Psychological flexibility, attachment style, and personality organization: Correlations between constructs of differing approaches. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 27(3), 365-380. 

Professional and Ethical Issues

There is no commercial support for this CE program, instructor, content of instruction, or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There is no endorsement of products.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted and payments refunded in full up to two (2) weeks prior to any training event. Following two weeks prior to the event, a credit for future trainings matching the amount already paid for that event’s registration will be given to registrants who cancel their registration, for whatever reason, up to two (2) days prior to the event date. This credit can only be applied to one future training, regardless of its cost. If the cost of the future training is less than the amount paid, the difference will be lost. If the cost of the future training is greater than the credit, then the balance will become due at registration time. If a registrant cancels or no-shows within two days of the event date, a refund will not be given.


BASE strives to ensure that each CE program is accessible to all participants. If you would like any accommodations, please contact us at 704-910-8381.


Please contact us at or 704-910-8381 if you have any questions or grievances about the program.


If this program is full, please email us at to indicate your interest. If someone cancels we will contact you.

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