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S24-207 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Young Adults

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents
Zachary Moses, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



In this workshop you will learn about ACT and how it can work with young adults. Together we will discuss Relational Frame Theory and the research behind ACT for various diagnoses. Next, we will learn about the six core ACT processes. Then we will practice various exercises and metaphors. Lastly, we will learn how to use the ACT Matrix during sessions and how it targets the six core processes.


Zachary Moses, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

Zach Moses is a licensed independent clinical social worker specialized in acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention for OCD/anxiety, motivational interviewing for substance use issues, and mindfulness for health psychology. He works with adults suffering with both new and chronic conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. His focus is on using process-based techniques based in applied behavioral science research.   


Through a functional analysis, Zach works collaboratively with each person to develop a treatment plan that moves them towards their values and goals in order to increase quality of life.     


Zach went to school at Northeastern University for his undergraduate psychology degree and Boston College for his Master of Clinical Social Work. He then trained in settings varying from inpatient, partial hospitalizations, residential, and primary care behavioral health. He spent years working at the Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) at McLean Hospital as both a counselor and residential house manager. His style is aimed at establishing strong therapeutic relationships quickly and deeply as these are the keys to treatment success and satisfaction.    


Zach joined Boston Pain Care at the beginning of 2018, gaining expertise in the behavioral treatment of complex medical conditions, including low back pain, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and insomnia. He is interested in the intersection between medical and psychiatric care through education and advocacy.   


Throughout the year Zach speaks at universities, hospitals, and other care facilities about ACT for Chronic Pain, including Tufts, William James College, and North Carolina State University. In addition, he spoke last year at the International Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder conference on the role of intellectualization in treatment.  


Outside of therapy, Zach focuses his time on cooking, camping, and hiking. One of his major life goals is to travel to all the National Parks.   

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05 pm - 1:15 pm Log on 


1:15 pm – 2:30 pm  

  • Learn the six core ACT processes 

  • Learn the evidence base for ACT 

  • Learn how to apply metaphors and exercises to a younger population 


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break 


2:45 pm – 4:30 pm 

  • Learn how to flexibly adapt to resistance  

  • Learn about the ACT Matrix and how to use it in session 


4:30 pm Questions and adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the six core ACT processes.  

  2. Learn how to apply metaphors and exercises to a younger population.  

  3. Learn how to flexibly adapt to resistance.   

  4. Learn about the ACT Matrix and how to use it in session.  

Bibliography & References


Akbari, M., Seydavi, M., Hosseini, Z., Krafft, J., & Levin, M. (2022). Experiential avoidance in depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive related, and posttraumatic stress disorders: A comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 24, 65-78. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2022.03.007

Dixon, M., Wilson, A., & Habib, R. (2016). Neurological evidence of acceptance and commitment therapy effectiveness in college-age gamblers. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 5(2), 80-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2016.04.004

Dolbier, C., Haley, E., Conder, L., & Guiler, W. (2021). Adverse childhood experiences and adult psychopathological symptoms: The moderating role of dispositional mindfulness. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 21, 73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.06.001

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (2009). Acceptance and commitment therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Keinonen, K., Puolakanaho, A., Lappalainen, P., Lappalainen, R., & Kiuru, N. (2021). Developmental trajectories of experiential avoidance and depressive symptoms and association to health behaviors among adolescents during brief guided online acceptance and commitment therapy. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 22, 24-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.08.002

Martin, S., Allen, T., Toledo-Tamula, M., Struemph, K., Reda, S., & Wolters, P. et al. (2021). Acceptance and commitment therapy for adolescents and adults with neurofibromatosis type 1, plexiform neurofibromas, and chronic pain: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 22, 93-101. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.10.003

McGarrigle, L., Wesson, C., DeAmicis, L., Connoly, S., & Ferreira, N. (2020). Psychological mediators in the relationship between paediatric chronic pain and adjustment: An investigation of acceptance, catastrophising and kinesiophobia. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 294-305. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.10.009

Pierce, B., P. Twohig, M., & Levin, M. (2016). Perspectives on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy related mobile apps: Results from a survey of students and professionals. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 5(4), 215-224. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2016.08.001

Polk, K. L., Schoendorff, B., Webster, M., & Olaz, F. O. (2016). The essential guide to the ACT Matrix: A step-by-step approach to using the ACT Matrix model in clinical practice. New Harbinger Publications.

Polk, K. L., Schoendorff, B.. (2014). The ACT matrix: A new approach to building psychological flexibility across settings and populations. New Harbinger Publications.

Ramnero, J., & Törneke, N. (2008). The ABCs of human behavior: Behavioral principles for the practicing clinician. New Harbinger Publications.

Walser, R. D. (2019). The heart of ACT: Developing a flexible, process-based, and client-centered practice using acceptance and commitment therapy. New Harbinger Publications.


Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

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Fee & Registration:

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 05/23/24

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