Recorded Webinar: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT at the Heart of Life: A Values-Driven Approach to Living with Illness
Originally presented on 30 June 2014.
The cost for the recorded webinar is $30 for APOS members and $45 for nonmembers.
Don Marks, PsyD, Kean University
Don Marks is a clinical health psychologist and assistant professor in the department of Advanced Studies in Psychology at Kean University in Union, NJ. He has completed graduate and postgraduate training in mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused interventions. His research and clinical work have focused on mindfulness-based behavioral interventions for individuals in high-stress medical professions, individuals with advanced illness and illness-related pain, and professionals and athletes experiencing performance-related distress. He is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and he is certified by the National Registry.
Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD, The Ohio State University
This webinar will explore examples of situations in which efforts to control and minimize illness-related distress may become unworkable and give rise to greater suffering. It will introduce the ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) approach to living with psychological and physical distress, including the six core processes of ACT -- (1) contact with the present moment, (2) self-as-context (perspective-taking), (3) cognitive defusion, (4) acceptance, (5) values, and (6) committed action. Strategies for promoting psychological flexibility will be explored, as well as interventions designed to cultivate effective behavioral responses to illness-related distress while contributing to a life with cancer that is both rich and vital.