Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 470 scientific articles and 34 books, including the popular "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life," he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed an empirically supported mindfulness based therapy method, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Among other awards he has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
COURSE: Saturday, September 15
Transformation Through Western Science: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based intervention method that uses acceptance, defusion, flexible attention to the now, a transcendent sense of self, values, and committed action to produce greater psychological flexibility. Historically, acceptance and mindfulness methods have emerged primarily from the spiritual and religious traditions; ACT emerges from contextual behavioral science and a modern behavioral research program in cognition. It is sometimes described as the evidence-based psychotherapy for those who do not like evidence-based psychotherapy. The ACT research program already encompasses over 50 randomized trials and over 200 component, correlational, basic, and meditational studies. This one-day course will explain the model, describe the data, and teach methods you can use, alone and in combination with other methods, for yourself and for those your serve, to liberate human beings from excessively narrow lives.