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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.

This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
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).