Life after Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Revitalize Interrupted Lives
Details on exact location & registration coming soon!
$75 for community professionals
Free for UCSB mental health professionals & CCSP faculty
Registration will be required.
Friday, October 24, 2014
8:30am to 4:30pm
6.5 hours of Continuing Education*
Counseling & Psychological Services
Veterans Resource Team
The Hosford Clinic
University of California, Santa Barbara
Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D.,
Director, TL Consultation Services
Associate Director, Dissemination and Training, National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a principle-based behavioural intervention that is designed to address human suffering in a mindful and compassionate way. While ACT has been applied to a wide variety of problems, it is well suited to the treatment of trauma and trauma related problems. The aftermath of war and certain military experiences, assaults (including use of weapons and interpersonal violence), manmade and natural disaster as well as childhood and other traumas can have long-term effects. The painful emotional experiences found in the aftermath of trauma often leads to symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety, and other issues related to life functioning, including a variety of behavioral problems ranging from substance abuse to relationship problems. Many of the post-trauma attempts to recover involve regaining control over distressing responses to trauma such as intrusive thoughts, and on-going feelings of sadness and fear. While some attempt to control these experiences can be expected and useful, many attempts to control emotions and thoughts result in a furthering of the suffering experienced post trauma. ACT seeks to reduce rigid and inflexible attempts to control negative emotions by fostering acceptance through mindfulness and defusion techniques, as well as revitalizing lives by defining personal values and committing to taking actions related to those values. The ultimate goal in acceptance and commitment therapy is psychological and behavioural flexibility in the service of a more workable life - a way of making order out of a disorderly world.
*Continuing Education: UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCSB CAPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CAPS Continuing Education Program meets the qualifications to provide continuing education credits for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE5147.
Location: Will be held at on the UCSB campus. Specific location to be announced.