3. ACT made simpler, easier and effective Six steps to psychological flexibility with the ACT Matrix

Speakers: Benjamin Schoendorff, M.Sc.Contextual Psychology Institute

Components: Experiential exercises, Role play

Categories: Clinical Interventions and Interests, ACT Matrix

Target Audience: Beginner

The six steps approach to the ACT Matrix form the core of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix. Clinical effectiveness data collected at our Montreal Center suggest the six step is a rapid and effective way to significant clinical improvement. In this workshop, participants will explore the six steps from the perspective of their personal experience and practice two key exercises through real play.

In a first part, participants will explore their personal matrix, the effectiveness of their “away moves” and how human functioning can get people stuck in unworkable control attempts. Participants will practice delusion using the powerful Hooks Worksheet.

In a second part, participants will practice with the Verbal Aikido worksheet which activates all ACT processes to train increased psychological flexibility in difficult life situations. Next participants will explore the “Kittens,” a powerful self-compassion exercise. Finally, participants will practice with the Texting worksheet, a simple and effective perspective-taking exercise that helps cue valued action.

Educational Objectives:
1. Present the ACT Matrix and utilize the Stuck loops exercise to work with creative helplessness.
2. Utilize the Hooks worksheets for defusion, the Verbal Aikido worksheet for psychological flexibility and Texting my future self worksheet for perspective-taking.
3. Implement the Kittens exercise to train self-compassion.