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Flexible Exposure: The Core of ACT One-day Workshops with Eric Morris, PhD


One-day Experiential Workshops with Eric Morris, PhD

7 CPD Hours

"Exposure" is the single most powerful intervention in the whole of psychology, in terms of its effect sizes on human behaviour. And it's by far the most important component of treatment for any and all anxiety disorders - from social anxiety and specific phobias to OCD and PTSD.  But exposure isn't just for use with anxiety disorders; it's also your most powerful ally for tackling chronic pain syndrome, depression, toxic shame, addiction, anorexia, suicidality, and numerous DSM disorders. Indeed, the more severe the presentation, the more essential it is to do exposure.

And yet ". many health practitioners know little about it, and rarely if ever do it. The most common reasons for this are lack of training, lack of self-confidence, or therapists' avoidance of their own discomfort. And even therapists that do know about exposure have usually been trained in "old school" outdated methods, that are quite rigid, are limited to the treatment of anxiety disorders, and are often unpleasant for both clients and therapists - with accordingly high drop-out rates. 

So now the good news. Exposure in ACT is cutting edge, highly flexible, and radically different from the "old school" exposure you find in CBT, EMDR, DBT, PE and almost all other models that include it.  (Which is why the dropout rates for ACT-based exposure are so much lower than those for CBT and PE). Exposure in ACT is always in the service of values, and it's not about trying to reduce anxiety or get a drop in SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress Score). It's about developing emotional flexibility, cognitive flexibility, and behavioural flexibility, in the presence of "repertoire-narrowing stimuli" (i.e. thoughts, feelings, and situations that trigger rigid, inflexible behaviour).

If you've done one of Russ's advanced-level workshops on ACT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, you've touched on exposure already. But this one day workshop with Eric Morris will take you so much deeper into both the theory and the practice. (And if you already know about exposure from other models, prepare yourself for a liberating and ground-shaking paradigm shift.)


In this workshop you'll learn:

  • The difference between "old school" exposure and "new school"
  • How there is NO CORRELATION between drops in anxiety levels/SUDS scores during exposure, and long term behavioural outcomes
  • What to assess or measure instead of anxiety levels or SUDS
  • How to do exposure with chronic pain, shame, depression, addiction, anorexia, anxiety disorders, trauma, and more
  • How to make exposure compassionate, flexible, and values-based
  • How to get client buy-in and prevent early drop-out
  • And, of course, how to do the "nuts and bolts" of truly effective exposure work, including:
  • Graded exposure and creating exposure hierarchies,
  • Imaginal and in-vivo exposure, 
  • Interoceptive and external exposure, 
  • Naturalistic or informal exposure versus formal
  • Exposure and response expansion (as opposed to old school "response prevention")
  • In-session and between-session exposure

Exposure is, in a very real sense, the missing piece of foundational ACT training. There's just so much to fit into an introductory or advanced-level ACT workshop, exposure usually only gets a passing mention. This is unfortunate, because it's so important, and so powerful, and such a key ingredient for promoting lasting change in your clients. So if you want to be a truly effective ACT practitioner, you really need to get up to speed on this topic. And luckily for you, Eric Morris is just the man for the job. He's an excellent ACT trainer, clinician, author and researcher, and an expert in the field of exposure. In the space of one action-packed day, he'll give you everything you need to do compassionate and flexible exposure across the broadest range of disorders, using your own unique style.


About the Presenter 

Dr Eric Morris is in private practice in Melbourne, having just moved back to Australia after a decade in the UK. He previously worked as a clinical consultant at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, UK, where he was the lead psychologist in early intervention for psychosis. Eric completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, researching psychological flexibility and auditory hallucinations, as well as the investigation of ACT as a workplace intervention. His research group has recently completed two trials on ACT groups for people recovering from psychosis and carers, as well as the investigation of ACT vs mindfulness as workplace interventions.

Eric has been practising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for fifteen years, and is a highly experienced trainer and supervisor of therapists using contextual cognitive behavioural therapies. He is a founding member and former chair for the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Eric is a co-editor of the cutting-edge new textbook, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis.


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