Joseph Ciarrochi and David Mercer have created a series of wonderful drawings that relate to a variety of ACT metaphors and stories. You can find them for download here. Please credit them if you use them in your work.
There are a number of resources that I am aware of regarding ACT workshops.
The number one place to look for trainings is on the contextualpsychology.org homepage . That's the home of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science , the home of ACT. Many new events are being listed there all the time.
Workshops that I am doing in the Northwest USA area (usually Portland, OR) are listed on my my personal webpage at http://www.drluoma.com/ACT.html
Online trainings that will be offered throught Learningact.com are available in the events section.
I have created a list of resources
for therapists wanting to learn ACT. It provides a bunch of ideas on how to
learn ACT, including what books to read, when and where to find workshops, how to find supervision, and
various online resources.
Here's an electronic copy of the Case Conceptualization form from the Learning ACT book. Feel free to use it along with the book so that you don't have to have an ugly, photocopied version from the book (with the smudges and coffee stains from when you spilled your coffee on it...I hate it when that happens!).
Click here to download a copy of the core competency self rating form for your own use.
You can use the ACT Core-Competency Self-Rating Form to
help you in your learning of ACT. The self-assessment describes the
primary behaviors that a therapist would be engaging in if they were
consistent with the ACT model. I’d recommend you rate yourself on
this form periodically and then consider the following questions in
relation to your self-ratings (these are suggestions, you could
always add others). Engaging in this process can help you in
determining what areas to focus on next in terms of learning ACT:
- Notice what areas you rated yourself low on. Do you understand what
the competency means? If not, you may want to consider figuring out
what it would mean to engage this competency. What reading materials
would you need? Could you post a question to the ACT listserv asking
- Outline what you are doing that is inconsistent with those areas you are rated low in.
- Consider some options on how you might change you behavior in
relation to a competency. What might you do to improve your skills in
that area? Is there something you need to read about? Is there some
skill you need to practice? Are you willing to make room for the
possible failure and sense of inadequacy or incompetence that might go
along with practicing a new technique or skill, and still do it?
Perhaps you could rehearse whatever it was with a colleague before you
went into a session? Perhaps you could focus a whole session on that
one process so that you have a chance to practice? Perhaps you post a
question on the ACT listserv about how one could improve their practice
in that area. What areas might you come up with to learn to improve
your practice of ACT?
- A great place to start is to just pick one action, commit to it, and get started on it. Which one could it be?
- Go back and repeat this with other competencies where you have scored low.
This form could also be adapted to be an other-rating form and used
in supervision. If anyone adapts it and uses it this way, I'd love it if you shared your restuls in the forum.