Upcoming events

    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 1:50 PM
    • Zoom


    Saturday June 1, 2024 | 9:30am - 1:50pm EST

    4 CE Credits

    Program Description:
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based transdiagnostic modality that has been researched and utilized with various clinical presentations and populations.  Those who are trained in ACT are most likely familiar with the “Hexaflex”, however they may not be familiar with the ACT Matrix (Polk, Hambright, Webster).  The ACT Matrix provides a visual and action-oriented conceptualization for both clinicians and clients to identify areas of difficulty and specific interventions that can promote psychological flexibility. 
    This training will review the six elements of ACT (with emphasis on mindfulness, defusion, and values) and introduce how to conceptualize a clinical presentation using the ACT Matrix. 

    Level of Instruction:
    Introductory to the ACT Matrix with intermediate ACT applications.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.    Summarize how to use the ACT Matrix as a clinical conceptualization tool 

    2.    Describe how to practice and teach present-moment awareness/mindfulness by differentiating between direct and indirect experience

    3.    Identify at least two exercises to practice present-moment awareness/mindfulness in a nonjudgmental way

    4.    Observe how to teach and practice defusion techniques with clients

    5.    Describe the difference between “towards” and “away” valued moves and how to present these concepts to clients

    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Jes Leonard earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and her M.S. in sport psychology from Ithaca College. She completed her postdoctoral residency at the VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta, Maine and pre-doctoral internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. At both training sites, Dr. Leonard exclusively utilized ACT on her various rotations. Additionally, her post-doc fellowship was partly supervised by Dr. Jerold Hambright, one of the co-creators of the ACT Matrix.

    Dr. Leonard currently works at Lifestance Health, NH as a licensed psychologist and supervisor who specializes in trauma-focused therapy (using ACT as well as IFS, CPT, and PE).  She provides regular ACT Matrix trainings for fellow clinicians.  She is the current Training Director of the post-doc and practicum program and Regional Clinical Assessment Director of Lifestance NH/ME.  In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Rivier University PsyD program.

    Thomas Scaggs PsyD Practicum Student - Rivier University
    Thomas is a third-year doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army, Thomas was involved in social work providing services to adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities both in home and in the community. Attaining a Master’s in Developmental Psychology while enlisted as a public affairs noncommissioned officer, he has always been driven by a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world and entered his doctoral program immediately after being honorably discharged. Thomas has completed a master’s-level internship in Kansas, a doctoral practicum within the Chelmsford Public School system, and is presently working with Dr. Leonard at LifeStance providing adolescent and adult therapy using the ACT model. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, attending concerts, meditation, and doing just about anything family oriented.


    Group Rates Available:
    3 - 5 people = $15 off individual rate (member/non-member)
    6 - 8 people = $20 off individual rate (member/non-member)
    8 + people = $25 off individual rate (member/non-member)
    Please contact office@nhpsychology.org for more information. Please include first name, last name and email address for each participant in the group, along with a contact person for the invoice. 

    Paying with a check: 
    Checks must be received within one week of the event. If payment has not been received, registrant will still have option to pay online with a credit card up until the day before the program. If an invoice remains open on the day of the event, the registrant will not be allowed to attend.

    Cancellation policy: 
    Refunds, minus a 10% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

    Attendance policy:
    Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive 4 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. 

    Registrations are Transferable: 
    Registrants can transfer an event confirmation to another individual. The NHPA office must be notified of the transfer at least 24 hours prior to the event. 

    This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    NHPA would like to thank the following for support of our educational programming


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