Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & VAPA annual meeting

May 13, 2021 @ 8:00 am 4:30 pm EDT

VAPA annual meeting 8-8:45am

ACT Training 9-4:30

Registration deadline May 6, 2021

In this 6-hour training, we will explore the basics of ACT, and how they can be extraordinarily effective in the treatment of substance use disorders.  We will examine the theoretical basis and practical application of the six “Core Processes” of ACT in behavioral health treatment, with particular attention to Medication-Assisted Treatment and Chronic Pain.  In the afternoon, we will break into sub-groups to examine several treatment protocols and manuals available to SUD Counselors for application in their daily individual and group treatment.  Finally, we will examine the handout materials and worksheets provided for counselors to use, if desired.


  • 9am – 9:15      Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:15 – 10:30    History of ACT – basic concepts and research support
    • the FEAR algorithm
    • 6 Core Concepts of ACT

Break 10:30 – 10:45 am.

  • 10:45 – 12:00  Specific application to SUD treatment
    • ACTing on the 12 Steps

Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

  • 1pm – 2:30      ACT and other EBP’s in treating chronic pain and addiction
    • ACT Pain Protocol
    • EMDR &EFT

 Break 2:30 – 2:45pm.

  • 2:45 – 3:30      “Alphabet soup” –   ACT for MAT
  • 3:30 – 4:00      ACT resources and handout materials for participants
  • 4:00 – 4:30       Wrap-up Q & A 

Adjourn: 4:30 pm


At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:      

  • briefly relate the history of ACT as an Evidence-Based Practice
  • describe how the components of the FEAR algorithm block recovery processes
  • enumerate the 6 Core Processes  of ACT and how they apply to SUD treatment
  • specifically relate the Core Processes to the 12 Step recovery programs
  • describe how ACT – in combination with other EBPs – can be used treating chronic pain in persons with SUDs
  • be able to apply these concepts in their own clinical practice (if desired) with materials provided

Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, NCAC-2, LPC    is a consultant on “dual recovery” from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has educated and trained Counselors in Alaska, Oregon and the Navajo Nation.  Mike is also a Behavioral Health  Clinician for  Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene OR.   Mike specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorders.  Mike is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, is a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau, and an Approved Education Provider.

agenda and learning objectives coming soon