Why ACT BootCamp?
By Steve Hayes and Jacqueline Pistorello
ACT BootCamp is an intense, 4-day, experiential and skill-building training event. It typically brings together workshop attendees of varying experience which makes it a rich opportunity for all involved.
Our commitment is to bring those who have not had experience with ACT to a level where they are ready to try to apply ACT with clients in their practice. However, due to the depth, breadth, and length of the conference, intermediate to advanced ACT clinicians get plenty of new material they can work with in their practice as well.
What is different about BootCamp is its comprehensiveness. It is essentially a single track conference but unlike most conferences every attendee is part of the same presentations and exercises. The net effect is to create a sense of community and shared experience in a room with a few hundred fellow travelers that is uplifting and empowering.
We came up with the idea, in part, to mix the best of experiential and skills-based training.
ACT Training in the 21st Century
Nowadays there are many one and two day trainings available. Some are more experiential. Some are more skills based. BootCamp is a way of doing it all: it opens up the experiential space in which ACT is best implemented while also providing professionals the opportunity to learn and practice how to apply these methods with their clients.
We realized that we couldn’t do all of this in a couple of days, so we extended the training to four days and three nights.
Bringing together different speakers, in order to model different ways of doing ACT, BootCamp starts out with more experiential methods. Attendees are asked to put themselves in their clients’ seat, applying the metaphors and exercises often to their own experience, personal and professional.
The second part moves into skill building, where ACT clinicians, already primed by experiential exercises to be flexible and open, have the opportunity to practice these methods via role-plays and exercises that strengthen ACT conceptualization via cutting edge skill building exercises.
Evening events round out the training, helping attendees to see how ACT fits into a broader set of professional and personal issues.
Boot Camp is effective, comprehensive—it’s a kind of “one stop shop” to launch or refine your use of ACT.
And did we mention it is fun?
See you at BootCamp!
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of more than forty books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.
Hayes has been president of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first secretary-treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a five-year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. In 1992 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th “highest impact” psychologist in the world.
His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.