2.00 CE Credits Available
Facing the Struggle
by Steven Hayes
In excerpts of sessions with several different clients, Hayes introduces us to creative hopelessness—a process unique to ACT, in which clients examine how controlling and avoiding difficult feelings has diminished the quality of their lives.
In this first video of the ACT in Action series, you will meet Steven Hayes, PhD, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), who will guide you through the core processes and principles used in this evidence-based approach.

Hayes first works with Jerry, a man suffering from significant social anxiety who has very little access to his emotions. Using the concept of creative hopelessness, he helps Jerry drop into his feelings and sensations and begin to more deeply engage in the work of therapy.

You’ll get to watch several ACT therapists demonstrate techniques and interventions used in the opening stages of therapy with a variety of clients, including a young mother struggling with anxiety and depression, a teacher with panic disorder and a woman who suffers from chronic pain. Offering commentary throughout, Hayes illustrates the key concepts of ACT as they are unfolding moment-to-moment in these riveting therapy sessions.

Watch later volumes of this ACT in Action series to learn the many techniques that support the ACT principles of mindfulness, acceptance, cognitive defusion, valued living, and others.

What therapists are saying…

"These videos are an incredible learning resource for any practitioner. You will witness some of the world’s leading ACT therapists weaving their magic, and gain valuable insight into the many different ways there are of doing ACT. It’s a world apart from reading a book; essential viewing for anyone interested in honing their ACT skills."

-- Russ Harris, MD, author of The Happiness Trap & ACT Made Simple
"Counselors, psychologists and social workers attend professional development activities for a variety of reasons, some of which include learning something new, learning more about something they already know, and becoming reinvigorated by their work. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find professional development activities that meet even one of these goals. ACT in Action is a 6-video series that meets all three goals and more. The didactic portion of the series is clear and informative, and the counseling demonstrations bring it all to life. After watching just one video, I was able to immediately incorporate ACT strategies, conceptualizations, and analogies into my work with clients. With tight budgets leaving little money for conferences and travel, the series offers quality in-house training for all staff, not just 'the lucky one' who attended the conference."

-- Jennifer M. Whitney, PhD, Associate Director, The Counseling Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
In Depth
CE Test
By watching this video, you’ll learn:
• The core theory and principles of ACT.
• How creative hopelessness lays the groundwork for ACT to be effective.
• How to incorporate your personal style in the early stages of ACT.

Length of video: 1:57:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-348-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-349-9

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-349-2

Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. He is the founder of the ACT model, and author of 35 books and over 500 scientific articles. Hayes has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the field, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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CE credits: 2

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the core theoretical principles of ACT
  • Explain how creative hopelessness contributes to ACT's effectiveness
  • Design ACT strategies that incorporate your own personal style

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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