This course provides a functional, contextual approach to trauma conceptualization utilizing the ACT Matrix. The ACT Matrix is a tool that is used collaboratively with clients to restore boundaries, improve functioning, and heighten self-compassion.
Topics include understanding the quadrants of the matrix, using the matrix to set treatment goals, and applying the matrix specifically within a trauma context.
No prior knowledge of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is required for this workshop.
1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Explain at least two functions of trauma responses using nonjudgmental language
Apply the ACT Matrix to build a collaborative treatment plan with clients
Describe at least three core yearnings and how trauma affects them
2. What is trauma?
a. Six core human yearnings
b. Coherence & how trauma affects it
3. Function vs. Reason
a. ABCs of human behavior
b. A functional contextual approach to behavior
c. Looking for function
4. Setting up the collaborative framework: The ACT Matrix
a. Introducing the ACT Matrix
b. Establishing the basic metaphor
c. Sorting out life experience
d. Identifying stuck loops
5. Analyzing the function of behavior
a. Using the ACT Matrix as a lens to help understand behavior
b. Assessing function across three domains
6. Addressing Core Yearnings
a. How the ACT Matrix provides a sense of coherence
b. How the ACT Matrix establishes clear orientation
7. Practicing awareness of thoughts, feelings, and memories
a. Sorting inner experience into the matrix
b. Working along the vertical line
c. Applying experiential acceptance and cognitive defusion skills
8. Long term change
a. Integrating the ACT Matrix into daily life
- Barebones S-V Matrix Tracker
- Survival-Vital Matrix
- Simple ACT Matrix Tracker
- ACT Matrix Presence Tracker
I did not know about the ACT Matrix beforehand, but feel that after the course I could confidently add it to my trauma toolbox. I find the worksheets useful because sometimes it is helpful for clients to SEE where they are stuck.
I did not know about the ACT Matrix beforehand, but feel that after the course I could confidently add it to my trauma toolbox. I find the worksheets useful because sometimes it is helpful for clients to SEE where they are stuck.Read Less
He did a great job of explaining how to use this valuable tool. I already have plans of implementing this into my sessions!
He did a great job of explaining how to use this valuable tool. I already have plans of implementing this into my sessions!Read Less
Very informative and totally applicable to practice.
Very informative and totally applicable to practice.Read Less
This course provides a straightforward overview of a tool that has great utility and flexibility for working with survivors of trauma.
This course provides a straightforward overview of a tool that has great utility and flexibility for working with survivors of trauma.Read Less
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 65 minutes.
NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 2: Clinical Assessment
Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of psychotherapy and trauma response. It does not presume prior knowledge of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: July 28, 2020
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.
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Continuing Education Approvals:
SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.
SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.
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This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 Hour CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.