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Targeted ACT for Emotion Regulation, OCD, Anxiety & Perfectionism | 15-hrs

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15-hr masterclass with Dr Patricia Zurita Ona: Targeted Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for emotion regulation, OCD, anxiety & perfectionism

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Join Dr Patricia Zurita Ona for this 15-hour masterclass on enhancing your clinical toolkit and optimising outcomes for your clients with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) targeted towards the following areas:

  1. ACT and exposure
  2. ACT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  3. ACT for perfectionism
  4. ACT for emotion regulation challenges

Helpful for clients who…

  • Experience distress around unwanted and persistent intrusive thoughts, images, feelings, or bodily sensations.
  • Feel ‘too much’, ‘too quickly’, and act ‘too soon’
  • Devote their time, energy, and resources to unhelpful patterns of behavior that prevent them from living a life of purpose, meaning, and vitality
  • Display behaviors related to/ currently have a diagnosis of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, or self-critical perfectionism
  • Struggle to get things done because they believe they are ‘not good enough’

About this event

In this online course, you will learn how to develop structured, targeted Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Emotion Regulation Training (ERT) treatment models that are ACT consistent. We will explore how clinicians can develop exposure-based interventions and values-based exposure in a way that is consistent with ACT processes. From these foundations, you will explore powerful targeted interventions that can be combined with ACT to achieve optimal treatment outcomes for clients struggling with OCD, anxiety, perfectionism, and emotion regulation difficulties.


In the sessions dedicated to using ERP with ACT for OCD and anxiety, you will learn how to assess for OCD and other anxiety problems from this standpoint, how to develop exposure menus, how to facilitate exposure sessions (situational, in-vivo, interoceptive, and imaginal). In addition, the application of the choice point as a tool for the treatment of pediatric OCD and WISE MOVES will be presented in detail as specific interventions to facilitate all types of exposure practices.

ACT for perfectionism

Learn how to deliver ACT skills to work with clients struggling with fears of being a failure, fears of making mistakes and high criticism. Specific interventions that will be covered include: (1) assessment of different types of perfectionistic behaviors, (2) how to examine the workability of perfectionistic behaviors; (3) how to introduce acceptance-based interventions and compassion-focused skills. Individuals struggling with perfectionistic behaviors often overthink, doubt, have high standards about their performance, and get hooked on evaluations, experiential exercises are key to undermining these language-based processes. This is precisely why ACT skills are effective for this particular population.

ACT for emotion regulation difficulties

Learn an ACT conceptualization of emotion regulation problems, explore how to assess for emotion regulation problems, and outline how to apply the six core ACT processes to teach clients how to get off their ‘emotional rollercoaster’. A roadmap for practicing ACT skills in their daily life, behavioral processes to augment committed action, and potential pitfalls in treatment will also be reviewed.

Beginning January 2022, join Dr Patricia Zurita Ona, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and world-renowned author, for this applied training in Targeted ACT. Over the course of five sessions, this 15-hour workshop delivered via Zoom will provide a step-by-step guide in how to develop structured, targeted ERP and ERT ACT-consistent treatment models, in addition to means of using ACT for perfectionism and emotion regulation with teenagers and adults. Teach clients how to get off their ‘emotional rollercoaster’ and turn toward their values.

“We all play it safe. That's human. The problem lies in why we do it, how often we do it, and how it works in our life” - Dr Patricia Zurita Ona


This live online training takes place via Zoom across five sessions.

Thursday, 20-Jan 2022 5 pm to 8 pm Irish/UK time (9 am - 12 pm Pacific time; 12 pm - 3 pm Eastern time)

Thursday, 27-Jan 2022 5 pm to 8 pm Irish/UK time (9 am - 12 pm Pacific time; 12 pm - 3 pm Eastern time)

Thursday, 03-Feb 2022 5 pm to 8 pm Irish/UK time (9 am - 12 pm Pacific time; 12 pm - 3 pm Eastern time)

Thursday, 10-Feb 2022 5 pm to 8 pm Irish/UK time (9 am - 12 pm Pacific time; 12 pm - 3 pm Eastern time)

Thursday, 17-Feb 2022 5 pm to 8 pm Irish/UK time (9 am - 12 pm Pacific time; 12 pm - 3 pm Eastern time)

See timezone converter here. Although this 15-hour training is delivered live, registrants will have access to recordings of each session.


€295 for complete access to the online training via Zoom. Reduced rate of €225 offered for students and unwaged/ low waged attendees. 10% discount for members of our mailing list (email info@actnow.co to join).

Who is this training for?

A variety of professions, including and not limited to psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, GPs, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, executive coaches, and behavior analysts.


Intermediate knowledge of the ACT model is recommended but not required.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the similarities and differences between traditional behavioral exposure (inhibitory learning model) and ACT-informed exposure
  2. Deliver ACT-informed exposure for a range of client presentations, including behaviors related to anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and self-critical perfectionism
  3. Discriminate function versus form when working with a range of client presentations, such as OCD, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation
  4. Utilize values work personally and professionally to promote flexible responding when considering personal values
  5. Apply specific targeted interventions to facilitate the assessment of different types of perfectionistic and self-critical behaviors
  6. Complete an ACT formulation of perfectionistic and self-critical behaviors
  7. Practice willingness-based strategies to shift from problematic to helpful perfectionistic behaviors
  8. Use acceptance-based interventions to identify and undermine rigid ways of responding to emotions that maintain unhelpful patterns of perfectionistic and self-critical behavior
  9. Deliver compassion-focused practices to handle any harsh, criticizing, or negative self-stories that may show up when dealing with perfectionistic and self-critical behaviors
  10. Conceptualize and functionally assess emotion regulation problems within an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework
  11. Apply the six core ACT processes when working with clients experiencing challenges with emotion regulation
  12. Connect the ACT processes in a ‘roadmap for emotion regulation’ tailored to each of your clients and their unique learning histories
  13. Detail both Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Emotion Regulation Training (ERT) step-by-step
  14. Understand targeted ACT processes for exposure and emotion regulation in relation to the hexaflex model of psychological inflexibility
  15. Plan for the potential pitfalls of each approach and respond effectively in-session

Content Breakdown

  • Session 1: Basics of emotion regulation. ACT formulation of emotion regulation. Overview of the current status of emotion regulation within ACT. Introduction to a roadmap for conducting functional assessments of emotion regulation.
  • Session 2: Noticing, naming, and checking workability of behaviors, contrasting form with function. How to clarify clients’ values, and help clients to both identify and enact values-guided behaviors using inner or outer skills. Adapting ACT for emotion regulation (ER) case study: ACT-ER for parents of teens dealing with emotion regulation problems.
  • Session 3: Overview of ACT-informed exposure and the inhibitory learning model. A step-by-step guide to conducting functional assessments and ACT formulations of a range of client presentations, including behaviors related to anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and self-critical perfectionism.
  • Session 4: ACT process-based exposure: Develop exposure menus and facilitate in-vivo, situation, interoceptive & imaginal exposure. Introduction to the WISE MOVES acronym and how it may be integrated into your ongoing work with clients. Introduction to the choice point as a clinical tool for clients experiencing challenges with emotion regulation.
  • Session 5: ACT for problematic perfectionism and self-critical behaviors: From formulation to key interventions and differentiation from perfectionistic OCD

Trainer bio

Dr. Z is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with OCD, trauma, anxiety, and emotional regulation problems. Dr. Z’s clinical work was initially focused on emotion regulation in response to the different clinical settings she was delivering services; because of her passion for acceptance-based processes, she contributed to the literature on emotion regulation by publishing two self-help books for parents and adults respectively, and an academic workbook for clinicians. Over the last 14 years, Dr. Z has been learning, practicing, and teaching ACT and is passionate about its application to specific struggles such as perfectionism, procrastination, OCD, anxiety, and related conditions.

Dr. Z ‘s recent publications include Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full and Living beyond OCD using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A workbook for adults. Dr. Z also recently facilitated a series on perfectionism for people with rigid beliefs around doing things ‘right’ and in line with unrealistically high standards: https://playingitsafe.zone

Refund & Cancellation Policy

We will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration up to 28 days before the training start date (minus administrative fees). If canceled up to 14 days before the training start date, registrants may request a 50% refund. If canceled within 14 days, no refund will be issued. Please email us at info@actnow.co to cancel a registration.

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Aisling Leonard‐Curtin is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer. She has experience working across a variety of settings including organisational, psychiatry, addictions, psycho-oncology, community, public, and educational settings. Aisling teaches on multiple university courses and regularly delivers ACT workshops internationally; most notably she has given workshops at Harvard Medical School and teaches at Trinity College Dublin at Doctorate level. She is a lecturer on the Masters in Coaching in UCC and the Masters in Pluralistic Psychotherapy at IICP. Aisling is a published author, most recently co‐authoring The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Aisling’s first book, an edited volume co-edited by Matthew Skinta, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities was published by New Harbinger. Aisling is keen to bring this transformative approach out to as many people as possible.

Dr Trish Leonard‐Curtin is a Counselling Psychologist who specialises in working with trauma and extreme emotional distress through a variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. She has had a keen interest in helping people connect compassionately with challenging emotions when they arise and empowering them to work effectively with difficult emotional experiences. Trish is co‐director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and a part‐time lecturer on the UCC Coaching Masters. Trish co‐authored The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Trish has extensive experience working with trauma and psychological distress in adolescents and adults across a range of settings, including community, hospital, educational, primary care, private practice, and charities. Having trained in many mindfulness-based approaches, Trish values the role of mindfulness in daily life and her therapeutic work. She continues to train in mindfulness interventions and co‐facilitates mindfulness‐based workshops.

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