224. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Empowering Patients to Make Meaningful Change-001-11-30T00:00:00+00:00

224. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Empowering Patients to Make Meaningful Change

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Hall D
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141374

Health-related behavior change is difficult to sustain. In order to maximize lasting change, behaviors need to be linked to what is personally meaningful to the individual, and individuals need tools to cope with the discomfort associated with shifting their habits. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported and highly effective behavioral treatment that focuses on assisting individuals to clarify their own reasons for change, become more aware and present through mindfulness practice, and take goal-directed action. ACT is well-suited to working with people with various presenting problems, such as disordered eating, eating disorders, or difficulty managing chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. This presentation will provide an overview of the ACT model and will introduce several tools and techniques that participants can apply in clinical settings. Experiential exercises will be utilized to demonstrate the utility of the model.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the ACT model to sustainable behavior change in various patient populations.
  • Identify and utilize empirically supported mindfulness and experiential techniques.
  • Employ hands-on tools and strategies to provide practical intervention within clinical practice.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6010 – Behavior change theories, techniques
  • 6020 – Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills
  • 4090 – Health behaviors: smoking cessation, stress management

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.2 Applies community-based and population-based models and theories in the development of programs and/or interventions.
  • 9.1.3 Identifies and analyzes factors that influence behavioral change.
  • 9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes.


  • April Hackert, MS, RDN, CEDRD

    Psychiatric Clinical Research Dietitian/Chef

    Choose to Change Nutrition Services

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Sherry Farrow, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist

    Self-employed, Private Practice

  • Mary Jo Parker, MS, RDN, CDN

    Nutrition Therapist and Consultant

    Self-employed, Private Practice