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Thu, May 12


Online via Zoom!

ACT for Perfectionism: Transforming Unhelpful Patterns in Our Clients and Ourselves

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Time & Location

May 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Online via Zoom!

About the Event

When (International Friends Welcome!)

USA: Thursday, May 12 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)

AUS: Friday, 13 May | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (ACST)

SGP & HKG: Friday, 13 May | 9:00 am (SGT/HKT)

Honolulu, USA: Thursday, May 12 | 3:00 pm (HST)

NZ: Friday, 13 May | 1:00 PM (NZST)


Online via Zoom! 2 CEs Available!

(Link will be provided in registration confirmation & emailed the week of the training)


Non-ACBS SoCal members: $40 USD | $55 with CEs

ACBS SoCal Members: $30 USD | $45 with CEs

Students: $20 USD | $35 with CEs

Event Description

Perfectionism is a trans-diagnostic process that causes, maintains, and exacerbates a wide range of mental health disorders and can interfere with the effectiveness of therapy (Egan, Wade and Shafran 2012; Kobori, Dighton and Hunter, 2020). Both clients and therapists can struggle with unhelpful perfectionistic patterns such as setting very high standards, fear of failure, self-criticism, procrastination, checking, and avoidance.

This two-hour workshop will explore how to treat perfectionism using an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach. Trainer Jennifer Kemp will present a contextual behavioral framework for understanding and treating perfectionism and will demonstrate how to apply functional analysis and ACT processes to intervene with common unhelpful perfectionistic patterns.

Participants will learn the specific skills needed to address the core processes of unhelpful perfectionism and help their clients live their best ("imperfect") lives. Scripts, templates, and handouts will be provided to aid clinicians in building psychological flexibility and self-compassion in perfectionistic clients. Participants will also be invited to explore their own personal experiences of perfectionism, self-apply interventions, and examine the functional relationship between their unhelpful perfectionistic habits and anxiety, stress, and burnout.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe a clear and concise functional contextual behavioural formulation of helpful and unhelpful perfectionism

2. Explain the development and maintenance of unhelpful perfectionistic patterns in their clients and themselves

3. Identify treatment strategies that can build psychological flexibility and self-compassion in people struggling with perfectionism

Additionally, all attendees will receive a discount code from publisher New Harbinger to purchase Jennifer’s book, The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism. Disclosure: Jennifer receives royalties from the sale of the book.    

Continuing Education (CE) Info

California licensed Psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs* are eligible for 2 CE credits.  There is a $15 CE fee pending approval.

You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive 2 CE credits--no exceptions!

No CEUs for BCBAs or Coaches are provided through this training.

CEs are awarded contingent upon timely post-event paperwork submission by event organizers.

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is an approved sponsor of the American Psychological Association. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*As of July 2015 the California Board of Behavioral Sciences has designated approval agencies, such as the American Psychological Association. Providers who have APA approval can offer CE Certificates to BBS Licensees and those CEs can be used for license renewal.

Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, behavioral analysts, coaches, students (under supervision), and other mental health professionals who would like to learn how to help perfectionistic clients.

Skill Level

Introductory, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians are welcome.

About the Trainer

Jennifer Kemp , MPsych(clinical), is a Clinical Psychologist based in Adelaide, Australia. She sees clients struggling with perfectionism, eating disorders, body image problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), weight management, and chronic illness, applying acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), behavior therapy and compassion-focused therapy approaches. She balances time seeing clients with writing, presenting, and providing consultations to professionals seeking to deepen their therapeutic practice and application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jennifer has presented on perfectionism at the APS Congress, APS Health Psychology Conference, and via two popular webinars for the APS Clinical College in 2020 and 2021. Internationally, Jennifer has presented workshops at the last four Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) World Conferences and at the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) conferences in 2020 and 2021.

Jennifer is the author of The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism: Build Your Best (Imperfect) Life Using Powerful Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Self-Compassion Skills for New Harbinger.


All attendees will receive a discount code from publisher New Harbinger to purchase Jennifer’s recent book, The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism.


Jennifer Kemp will be compensated for this workshop and she receives royalties from the sale of The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations must be emailed to by May 9 for a refund


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