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An Innovative Model of Group Therapy for Patients with Eating Disorders: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

by Michelle Macera, PhD 3 CE Credits

The need to escape or avoid intense thoughts and emotions can often drive eating disorder behaviors. ACT, an empirically-based intervention aimed at reducing emotional avoidance, has been used successfully in a group format to treat eating disordered patients. This course will provide an overview of the ACT treatment approach and describe how health professionals can apply ACT techniques (e.g., mindfulness activities, exposure-based exercises, commitment to core values) to facilitate eating disorder treatment groups.


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  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Traditional Group Therapy for Patients with Eating Disorders
  • Group CBT versus IPT: Comparative Efficacy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Novel Approach
  • The Six Components of ACT
  • ACT: The New and Improved CBT
  • ACT: An Alternative to IPT
  • The ACT Approach to Relationships
  • ACT Group Therapy: Preliminary Data
  • ACT Group Techniques
  • Implications for Clinical Practice of ACT
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify comparative theories, interventions, and empirical evidence regarding the use of group-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat eating disorder clients.
  • Recognize and utilize 6 specific therapeutic components of ACT to facilitate group therapy in an eating disorder population.
  • Discuss at least 3 clinical implications of delivering ACT in a group format (e.g. enrollment issues, inclusion/exclusion criteria, family participation, determining session length).