The Institute for Better Health in joint-sponsorship with Praxis Continuing Education

ACT in Practice with Steven C. Hayes, PhD

23.5 CE/CME credits available
Please read the complete course information below prior to registering.

Target Audience:

This course is for mental health professionals and students with an intermediate-advanced background in this area. This includes counselors, psychologists, social workers, behavior analysts, nurses and physicians, and anyone looking to learn ACT to use with clients. It’s relevant to those with introductory ACT experience, and those who’ve been using ACT for years as they can learn something new with regards to using ACT as a process-based therapy with their clients.


1. Preliminary Network (121 Min)
2. Functional Analysis (141 Min)
3. Treatment Planning (122 Min)
4. Acceptance and Defusion (120 Min)
5. Present Moment and Self-as-context (121 Min)
6. Values and Committed Action (139 Min)
7. Hexadancing (102 Min)
8. Practicing Reads Skills (125 Min)
9. Reads Skills Test (118 Min)
10. Assessing ACT Interventions (190 Min)
11. Webinars (120 Min)

Overall Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Make an ACT process-based diagnosis (functional analysis) and treatment plan
  2. Create a preliminary network diagram for a client from their case description
  3. Identify key ACT assessment measures
  4. Assess the psychological flexibility of a client in session 
  5. Explain the Extended Evolutionary Meta Model  
  6. Use the Extended Evolutionary Meta Model to discuss clients’ psychological dimensions in light of evolutionary thinking and in relation to biophysiological and social factors
  7. Create a functional analysis diagram from a client’s case description 
  8. Review three different approaches to creative hopelessness, based on the left, center, and right pillars of the ACT psychological flexibility model
  9. Make a preliminary treatment diagram from a case description
  10. Identify left-, center- and right-pillar psychological flexibility reads and interventions, in ACT role plays and real plays
  11. Determine appropriate ACT responses to challenging statements from clients in sessions 
  12. Describe the process of hexadancing and explain why this can be a useful approach to using ACT
  13. Differentiate between ACT-appropriate and ACT-inappropriate interventions in session
  14. Identify different ways of integrating ACT with other important evidence-based models and methods
  15. Discuss how to conduct teletherapy sessions following world-wide best practices
Grievance Procedures for CE/CME Activities

Should a participant in the course be unsatisfied with the course, the participant should immediately contact our customer support team to file a grievance  Within five days, a customer support team member will contact the participant by email and/or phone and attempt to resolve the issue.

We will investigate and assess the issue from the perspective of the participant and every effort will be made to resolve the issue.  If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the participant, the participant will be offered a refund per the Refund and Cancellation Policy guidelines.

To file a grievance, please contact us at

ADA Accommodations

To request accommodations for disabilities, please contact Praxis Continuing Education at

Contact Information:

The ACT Immersion team can be contacted at

Praxis Continuing Education
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609 USA

CE/CME Information:

This is a non-live distancing learning course that is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and The Institute Better Health (IBH). This course is approved for 23.5 CE hours. The continuing education program has been approved by the organizations listed below.

Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for:

EDUCATORS: Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim 23.5 clock hours for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.

NURSES: Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP#2672) for 23.5 CEHs.

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this internet enduring material activity for a maximum of 23.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK (NASW): This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-4394) for 23.5 continuing education contact hours.

Praxis Continuing Education and Training maintains responsibility for:

BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS: Praxis CET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS: This course has been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 23.5 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.

NATIONAL COUNSELORS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NY COUNSELORS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198. This course is approved for 23.5 CE hours.

NY PSYCHOLOGISTS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002. This course is approved for 23.5 CE hours.

NY SOCIAL WORKERS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc 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 #SW-0467. This course is approved for 23.5 CE hours for clinical social work.

NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

CE Course Launch Date: 6/2020

Expiration Date/Next scheduled review date: 6/2023

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The Institute for Better Health Inc. is responsible for the content, quality and scientific integrity of all CE/CME activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for medical (CME), Nursing (UNA-ANCC) and/or Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions.

Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content.

All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

The speakers/planner have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

How to Obtain Your CE/CME Certificate:

After completing the course, please follow these steps to access your course evaluation, post-test (when applicable), and CE certificate through IBH’s online portal. To receive credit, you must attend the course in full, pass the post-test with a score of 80% or higher, and complete the course evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded. Please read through all of the instructions below before proceeding. 

  1. In your internet browser, go to the unique link provided at the end of Module 10.
    By following this link, you will arrive on the IBH-Join Event webpage.
  2. In the first field provided, enter the email address you used to register for the course.
    • If this is your first time logging into the IBH event page, you will need to complete all required fields including your address.
    • Returning attendees only need to enter your email address. Type your email address and hit ENTER on your keyboard. This will direct returning attendees straight to your customer account page.
  3. The course you recently completed will be pre-populated into your account.
  4. Click on the "Certificate" button located below the title of the conference, that looks like this:
  5. A pop-up menu will appear with the next steps. You will need to complete these steps from top to bottom (post-test (if applicable), evaluation, affidavit).
  6. Click “Download your Certificate”, or have your certificate emailed to you.

We encourage members to complete the post-test and evaluation within 6 months of course completion to earn their CE certificate.

Important Items to Note

How to Change Your Name or License Number on the Certificate

The information shown at the top of your account page will be the name printed on your certificate. To change your name or license number, click the "Update Info" button in the top section of the page and enter it as you wish to appear on your certificate.

How to Return to the IBH Portal 

If you don’t have time to complete the post-workshop requirements now, you may return at a later time. To access your customer account, visit

  • Since a password is (most likely) not currently assigned to your customer account, please select the ‘Forgot my Password’ link. A password will be emailed to your email address on file which will allow you to proceed to your online account.
  • If you already have an account with IBH, please proceed with your existing password.
Technical Questions?

For further assistance with accessing your account, please call IBH support at 707-668-2030 or email

Technical Requirements:

In order to complete this course, attendees will need: 

  • A computer with a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse or a mobile device/tablet
  • Speakers/headphones: either built‐in to your computer/device or external (plugged into your computer)
  • An internet connection, either wired or wireless. A minimum connection speed of 3 megabits is required to stream clear, standard definition video.
  • The course is supported on most up to date internet browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Brave, etc.)
  • A PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • An email address
  • Access to a printer (to print PDFs of exercises)
  • Access to Google Docs or a Word Processor
  • Access to free diagram drawing software at, or another diagram-drawing software, or pen and paper.
  • [Optional] A Facebook account for access to the ACT in Practice community group

A complete list of course references can be found here, but here is a selection of current references that provide a summary of the evidence base for this course.

Thompson, M., Bond, F. W. & Lloyd, J. (2019). “Preliminary psychometric properties of the Everyday Psychological Inflexibility Checklist.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12, 243–252. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.08.004.

Clarissa W. Ong, C. W., Lee, E. B., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2019). “A review of AAQ variants and other context-specific measures of psychological flexibility.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12, 329–346. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2019.02.007.

Boyle, E. A., Li, Y. I., & Pritchard, J. K. (2017). “An expanded view of complex traits: From polygenic to omnigenic.” Cell, 169(7), 1177–1186. Doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.05.038.

Olfson, M., & Marcus, S. C. (2010). “National trends in outpatient psychotherapy.” American Journal of Psychiatry, 167(12), 1456–1463. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2010.10040570

Molenaar, P. C. M. & Campbell, C. G. (2009). “The new person-specific paradigm in psychology.” Current Directions in Psychology, 18, 112–117.