Why? A Values-Based Approach to Treatment through the Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Kim Ernest, PhD, LPC


In recent years, a cultural shift has occurred, which resulted in a greater focus on “how” to treat different disorders. Evidence-based practice has allowed us to further our knowledge and skill set when it comes to the short-term treatment of psychological disorders (Sackett & Richardson, 2006). However, it is important that we do not lose sight of the significance of exploring the motivations behind our clients efforts and attend to their individual values (Miller, 1999).

  • The concept of values-consistent living is integral to the evidence-based treatment of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). Research surrounding the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment modality has evidenced some overwhelming success from treatment of substance use disorders (Hayes et al., 2004) to the treatment of severe mental illness (Bach & Hayes, 2002).
  • Further, there is considerable evidence that ACT is a treatment that withstands the rigors of a meta-analysis to display efficacy across several problematic domains (Zum & Emmelkamp, 2009).
  • This training will be experiential in nature at times, and participants are encouraged to arrive prepared for engagement and interaction.
  • PCS provides light refreshments at all trainings. Lunch is not provided. Please come prepared with a packed lunch as there will be time for a brief working lunch.
  • By attending a PCS training, you are giving PCS permission to videotape you and any discussion you participate in for video training purposes.

Credits Available

5.5 APA CE Credits For Psychologists or Social Worker Credits
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Seminar Location

PCS Headquarters
200 North 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046

October 04, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $100


Seminar Contact

Adam Hultstrand

Director of Education

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  • PCS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • People who attend PCS trainings and seminars in their entirety may receive CE credits for psychologists/LPC/ LSW/LCSW/ LMFT or general training credits, including CAC/DDAP. For other licenses, please consult with your respective licensing board.
    • Following each seminar, participants who have attended the seminar in its entirety will receive a PCS Training Feedback form via email.
    • After receipt of the completed form, PCS will issue a certificate via email indicating the CE credits that have been obtained.
    NOTE: Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) trainings are for BSL licensure credits only. APA continuing education credits noted above do not apply.