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Shaping Psychological Flexibility (On-The-Fly)!
Shaping Psychological Flexibility (On-The-Fly)!

Sat, Sep 17


Online via Zoom

Shaping Psychological Flexibility (On-The-Fly)!

Rely less on stock ACT exercises and learn how to shape client behavior moment-to-moment in your sessions!

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Time & Location

Sep 17, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Online via Zoom

About the Event

When (International Friends Welcome!)

Thursday, September 17th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST) 


Online via Zoom! 2 CEs available for California-based clinicians.

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


Professionals: $40 USD | $55 with CEs

Students $20 USD

Professional ACBS SoCal Members receive 20% off!

Student ACBS SoCal Members received 50% off!

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Event Description

Stock exercises from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that help clinicians introduce new repertoires and promote psychological flexibility abound. However, practicing ACT organically and functionally can remain challenging for many clinicians. Knowing how, when, and why to use interventions that shape behavior in the moment and over time can be undermined by our efforts in trying to remember the perfect metaphor or adhere to a particular protocol.

This 2-hour webinar, facilitated by peer-reviewed ACT trainer Lou Lasprugato, will focus on developing a contextual behavioral approach that aims to shape psychological flexibility in clinical exchanges. The processes of modeling, evoking, and reinforcing will be delineated from the perspectives of ACT’s behavior analytic roots and modern contextual behavioral research. Multiple exemplars of these processes with respect to the three pillars of ACT -- openness, awareness, and engagement -- will be demonstrated. Attendees will then have the opportunity to practice shaping psychological flexibility in small group breakout sessions.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe and demonstrate how to model openness, awareness, and engagement in clinical exchanges
  2. Describe and demonstrate how to evoke clinically relevant behavior with respect to the psychological flexibility model
  3. Describe and demonstrate how to reinforce psychological flexibility occurring within and outside of session

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.

You must attend the course LIVE in its entirety in order to receive 2 CE credits--no exceptions!  Note: If you purchase CEs and cannot attend the event live, you must let us know at least 72 hours in advance in order to receive a refund for your CE payment (less a 3% service fee).  

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, behavior analysts, coaches, students (under supervision), and other mental health professionals who would like to learn how to help perfectionistic clients.

Skill Level

Intermediate and advanced level clinicians are welcome.

About the Trainer

Lou Lasprugato, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with private practices in both California and Virginia, and Peer-Reviewed Trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.  Lou has worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings over the years, including an intensive outpatient program at Kaiser Permanente that he subsequently managed, and an integrative medicine program at Sutter Health.  He has facilitated dozens of workshops internationally on ACT and mindfulness, as well as co-created courses and/or given presentations on nutritional psychology, stress system restorative therapy, and integrative mental health.  Lou has also provided supervision to other mental health professionals and ongoingly offers individual consultation on ACT and other contextual behavioral approaches. He earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Holistic Studies from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, following a career as a professional musician.


Lou Lasprugato will be compensated for this workshop. He does not have any conflicts of interest.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations must be emailed to by Wednesday, September 14, 2022 (or 72 hours in advance), for a full refund (less a 3% service fee). No partial refunds will be provided. 

Note: If you purchase CEs and cannot attend the event live, you must let us know at least 72 hours in advance in order to receive a refund for your CE payment (less a 3% service fee).  


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