The COVID-19 pandemic caused an urgent need to exponentially utilize telehealth technologies and pivot to the virtual modality to enhance and continue access to needed healthcare. Technology-enhanced service delivery methods (e.g., web-based therapy, mobile device applications) have offered behavioral health providers a means through which they can engage clients in mental health services in a safe, effective, and socially distant way. Although telehealth and online therapy are not new, these service delivery methods have become more attractive to a larger group of providers since the emergence of the pandemic. Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) is a synchronous, internet-based, video teleconferencing technology to facilitate communication between providers and their patients. CVT appears to be an effective, well-accepted, and cost-effective modality to deliver evidence-based treatment to patients that may experience difficulties accessing such treatment. Providers, who act as gatekeepers of this modality, have an essential role in implementing CVT. In a recent survey of VA ACT providers, challenges in implementing experiential work via CVT was the most frequently endorsed barrier to providing ACT via CVT. This workshop will briefly overview the telehealth modality and commonly endorsed barriers and challenges to providing ACT via CVT. The overview will be followed by an in-depth presentation on adaptations for the ACT core processes. The majority of the workshop will focus on adapting flexibly to the telehealth environment via role-plays and hands on practice in implementing CVT adaptations.
- Describe crucial factors for adapting clinical care to the virtual modality.
- Determine considerations for adapting experiential exercises across the ACT core processes to the virtual modality.
- Facilitate experiential exercises illustrating Openness (to address experiential acceptance and cognitive defusion) adapted for the virtual modality.
- Facilitate experiential exercises illustrating Awareness (to address self-as-context and present-moment focus) adapted for the virtual modality.
- Facilitate experiential exercises illustrating Engagement (to valued living and committed action) adapted for the virtual modality.
- Strategize around resolving remaining barriers to engaging in experiential work via the virtual modality.
This training is designed for those who provide ACT clinical services via a video telehealth modality. It is designed for participants with beginner, intermediate, and advanced knowledge and skills in the topic areas.
6 CE hours available for:
Psychologists: The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886863898-9681) for 6 continuing education contact hours.
Counselors: Getting experiential across the screen: Adapting ACT for the video telehealth modality has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Juniper Mental Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3837.
* In order to receive CEs, attendees must attend the course in its entirety. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the event is completed will not receive CE credits. CEs are awarded contingent on timely post-event paperwork submission by event organizers.