Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Cultivating Vitality Through Acceptance and Commitment

March 19, 2024
5:30-7:00 pm CST
Professional Development


Emily Thomas, Ph.D.
Emily Thomas, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Event Details

Using empirically supported strategies, Dr. Thomas will apply relevant skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Iowa educators.

The three trainings will focus on three core skills:

1) Acting on one’s personally chosen values – identifying what matters and pursuing these values via consistent action.

2) Developing awareness of one’s internal and external world – noticing one’s thoughts and emotions, as well as the consequences of one’s behavioral choices.

3) Accepting one’s thoughts, emotions, and circumstances – embracing the difficult experiences that make us uniquely human in service of being able to pursue what matters.

Learning goals:

1) Describe psychological flexibility

2) Identify three personally chosen values

3) Establish one goal for action between Part 1 and Part 2

4) Implement a practice of noticing internal experiences, such as thoughts, emotions, or physical sensations