The Heart of ACT

Description: In The Heart of ACT, renowned acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer Robyn Walser explores ACT as a process-based therapy incorporating interpersonal, intrapersonal, and overarching and ongoing processes, as well as the integration of six core components of psychological flexibility to connect clinicians to the dynamic and relational implementation of ACT.


1. Understanding ACT as a Process-Based Therapy: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a process-based therapy, focusing on the incorporation of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and overarching processes.

2. Integrating Core Components of Psychological Flexibility: Attendees will learn to integrate the six core components of psychological flexibility into their clinical practice to enhance the dynamic and relational implementation of ACT.

3. Enhancing Clinical Skills Through ACT: Clinicians will develop enhanced skills in applying ACT principles and techniques, improving their ability to connect with clients and facilitate meaningful change in therapy.

Competencies Acquired:

1.Process-Based Therapeutic Approach: Ability to apply a process-based therapeutic approach that incorporates interpersonal, intrapersonal, and overarching processes in ACT.

2. Psychological Flexibility: Proficiency in integrating and utilizing the six core components of psychological flexibility to foster dynamic and relational therapeutic interactions.

3. Advanced ACT Techniques: Enhanced capability to implement advanced ACT techniques effectively, improving client outcomes and therapeutic relationships.

Bibliographic Titles:

1. Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (2016). *Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change* (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

2. Harris, R. (2009). *ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy*. New Harbinger Publications.

3. Walser, R. D., & Westrup, D. (2007). *The Mindful Couple: How Acceptance and Mindfulness Can Lead You to the Love You Want*. New Harbinger Publications.

4. Luoma, J. B., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2007). *Learning ACT: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills-Training Manual for Therapists*. New Harbinger Publications.

5. Ciarrochi, J., & Bailey, A. (2008). *A CBT-Practitioner’s Guide to ACT: How to Bridge the Gap Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy*. New Harbinger Publications.

Robyn Walser

Members of the Romanian chapter have a special relationship with Robyn Walser. At the ACBS World Conference in Cyprus (2023), most members followed Robyn like ducklings, attending many of her workshops.

Dr. Robyn Walser is a psychologist at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, USA), Division of Dissemination and Training and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

She is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has written 7 books and many scholarly articles. Since 1998, when she completed her PhD under the supervision of Steven C. Hayes, Robyn has delivered ACT courses both nationally and internationally. Dr. Walser is involved in several research projects investigating moral injury, suicidal behavior, and the use of mindfulness in veteran populations.

If you’d like to see her do therapy, we recommend the following demonstration: