Seminar/Workshop Topics


ACT Made Easy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Personality Disorders

Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into your practice offers a new way for you to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with difficult-to-treat clients.

Join experienced ACT presenter Dr. Jennifer Patterson, as she delivers an exercise and technique-heavy course that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders.

Dr. Patterson will teach you the main concepts of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and defusion demonstrating how these create greater psychological flexibility. Discover a variety of techniques for helping clients who are struggling to make difficult behavior changes due to the presence of painful thoughts, feelings and memories. You will learn how to effectively use metaphors, custom techniques and experiential exercises to help your clients identify their values and translate them into behavior goals.

Through case examples, video clips, and role-play you will be able to integrate ACT techniques and skills in your practice tomorrow!


Best Evidenced Based Techniques for Emotion Regulation

This seminar explores evidence-based psychotherapies that can assist clients with regulating their emotions. You can help clients who have difficulty with emotion regulation skills by teaching them how to respond to intense emotions in a psychologically flexible way. Using modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is particularly helpful. 

Dr. Jennifer Patterson shows you how to use different evidence-based techniques to help clients accept their emotions and how to undermine experiential avoidance strategies. Learn how to apply emotion regulation techniques to help clients with a diagnosis of Bipolar Spectrum disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, interpersonal problems, impulsivity, anger, risk-taking behaviors and more. 

Dr. Patterson will share with you case examples, innovative experiential exercises and metaphors that will help your clients to achieve valued goals, positive outcomes and an overall improvement in the quality of their relationships.


Hoarding Disorder: Effective Approaches to Mental Health Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Hoarding is no longer just a symptom of anxiety disorder. It is classified as a real, full-blown diagnosis in the DSM-5®.  Hoarding is a complex disorder that isn’t resolved with a forced cleanout like you see on television, but with customized treatment strategies for each individual. 

Join hoarding expert Dr. Jennifer Patterson as she shows you how to get inside the mind of someone with hoarding disorder. You will learn the potential health risks, co-morbid disorders, and emotional challenges associated with hoarding. Dr. Patterson will give you strategies to properly assess and diagnose hoarding, conduct home visits and how to establish a collaborative network with other related professionals. 

This day-long workshop is designed to give you the assessment and treatment strategies you need to help your client move forward and live a healthy, uncluttered life. Dr. Patterson will use case studies, client stories, and clips of their experience on the show Hoarding: Buried Alive. 


Introduction and Application of Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that blends mindfulness, values-clarification, and acceptance skills-building to help people create measurable behavior change in their lives. This 4 hour seminar will provide a framework for conceptualizing client behavior problems and will discuss application of specific ACT interventions. Attendees will become familiar with the six core ACT principles of defusion, self-as-context, acceptance, values, committed action, and contacting the present moment. Dr. Patterson will demonstrate experiential exercises and video clips of how to use techniques will be demonstrated. There will be special emphasis on making the ACT model succinct for brief therapy.