Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): Enhancing Psychological Flexibility in Clients with Evidence-Based ACT Skills


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas College
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976

NYSED and ACE Approved for 4 CE contact hours


ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is a “Third Wave” Behavior Therapy approach offering an expanded perspective on how to guide clients to skillfully self-regulate emotional distress and conflicting states of mind.

ACT makes use of mindfulness tools and behavioral activation to expand the psychological flexibility of clients while increasing their ability to engage in value-based behaviors.

The ACT conceptual framework has six core processes. The first four strategies are the ACT approach to mindfulness: acceptance of private experiences; cognitive defusion; being present, and self as context. The last two strategies define the ACT approach to behavioral activation: identification of values; and commitment to action.

ACT weaves mindfulness strategies with cognitive-behavioral change strategies to increase psychological flexibility leading to improved outcomes for a wide range of clinical conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and Interpersonal difficulties. This introductory workshop will provide direct strategies to apply to common clinical situations and therapeutic impasses.

Learning Objectives


  • Develop an understanding of the theoretical foundation of the ACT model to help clients increase psychological flexibility.
  • Identify the six psychological inflexible processes which maintain psychological rigidity and understand how it pulls clients away from value-based behaviors.
  • Synthesize core ACT interventions, like defusion, mindfulness, acceptance and the observer self, to increase clients value-based behaviors. 
  • Utilize the ACT conceptualization to assist in identifying patterns of avoidance and guide the client in moving towards value-based behaviors.


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Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Mathew is a CBT/DBT psychotherapist who has a specialization in evidence based clinical practice approaches. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches DBT/CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She is a clinical social worker at the NYU Student Health Center, Counseling and Wellness Services. She is also a freelance journalist and a member of ASJA - American Society of Journalists & Authors.