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Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)

Presented by Patricia J. Robinson, PhD

Presenter Bio

Patti Robinson, PhD, is currently the Director of Training and Program Evaluation for Mountainview Consulting Group ( This company was founded in 1998 and won the APA Presidential Innovative Practice Award in 2009. Dr. Robinson is the cofounder of the Primary Care Behavioral Health model and Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She provides consultation and training services all over the world and is committed to improving access to behavioral health services and to realization of health equity. Earlier in her career, she worked as a researcher and clinician for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA and as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA. She has over 50 professional publications, including 11 books.

This workshop introduces the foundations of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or FACT, a brief intervention approach to enhancing psychological flexibility. Participants will experiment with FACT tools for assessment, conceptualization and intervention and learn to help clients pivot from overuse of avoidance and control strategies to pursuing what matters. Dr. Robinson will introduce components of initial and follow-up FACT visits and demonstrate use of a popular fACT metaphor, the Bull’s-Eye, to empower strong clinical conversations about values.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Discuss how fACT differs from ACT
  2. List reasons to use fACT instead of ACT
  3. Name the three pillars of psychological flexibility
  4. Describe the avoidance and approach dynamic
  5. List the components of an initial fACT visit
  6. List the components of a follow-up fACT visit
  7. Use the Bull’s-Eye to engage clients in strong clinical conversations about values

Instructional Level

Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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