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Past Workshop.

ROBYN WALSER -  July 31-Aug 1, 2015 (Fri-Sat) - at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul, MN

Life After Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Revitalize Interrupted Lives


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.

  • Describe the psychopathological impact of experiential avoidance and its relationship to trauma

  • Explain how human language participates in suffering following trauma

  • Describe the 6 core processes of ACT

  • Explain how willingness to experience and perspective taking can assist the trauma survivor in learning to relate  to their internal experience in a healthier way

  • Describe how values based living can bring meaning back to the trauma survivors life



Friday July 31

8:30 AM -     Registration (Coffee and pastries)

9 AM -     Morning Session (Snack break mid-morning)

12:30 PM -   Break for lunch (on your own)

2:00 PM -      Afternoon Session (Snack break mid-afternoon)

5:00 PM -    End for the day

Saturday August 1

8:30 AM -     Arrive (Coffee and pastries)

9 AM -     Morning Session (Snack mid-morning)

12:30 PM -   Break for lunch (on your own)

2:00 PM -     Afternoon Session (Snack mid-afternoon)

5:00 PM -    End for the day


Student/Military Registration (Please have proof of eligibility at registration):  $185 

Registration:  $300


Refunds:  Registration minus an administrative fee of $25 will be refunded up until 6/30

                 No refunds after 7/1


Approved for 12 Continuing Education Units by LMFT, LP, LADC, and LPC/LPCC Boards


MN Trauma Project has been approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work  

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