ACT Training Pathway: Bridging Foundations with Practical Applications

Become an ACT-informed practitioner and apply ACT to a wide range of conditions.​

An intensive ACT training pathway for clinicians

This training will expand your therapeutic skills and expand your Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) expertise.

This intensive pathway will provide you with:

  • Over 30 hours of engaging video content.
  • Real-world clinical cases of various conditions.
  • Guided by seasoned ACT practitioners and trainers.
  • Tools you need to succeed as an ACT-informed therapist.

Every module allows you to translate what you learn directly into improvements in client outcomes through immediate application.

“Enhancing Your Practice: A Comprehensive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training Program”

Why “ACT Training Pathway”?

  • Over 30 hours of engaging video content.
  • Real-world clinical cases of various conditions.
  • Guided by seasoned ACT practitioners and trainers.
  • Tools you need to succeed as an ACT-informed therapist.
  • Master the application of ACT principles to anxiety, trauma, OCD, depression, and more.
  • Teach clients concrete ways to increase their psychological flexibility and improve their overall well-being.

What will I learn?

Through this training, you will:

  • Obtain a solid framework that clarifies how to organize and optimize your therapy sessions.
  • Learn how to seamlessly integrate ACT into your practice, tailoring it to meet diverse client needs.
  • Develop language and strategies that resonate with clients, using metaphors to empower them with concrete skills for better interpersonal interactions.

ACT Training Pathway Components​


1 course

Learn the fundamentals of ACT in this course led by Dr. DJ Moran, a clinical and school psychologist and trainer.

Discover the ACT core processes, practical exercises, metaphors, and how to implement this transdiagnostic approach.

Course length: 4:75

ACT for Anxiety and Mood Disorders

4 clinical cases

In this clinical case, Michelle Woidneck, Ph.D., provides a process-focused ACT perspective for understanding and treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

She employs the hexaflex model in addition to useful metaphors and tools while developing an ACT-guided diagnosis and treatment structure.

Course length: 1.25 hours

Dr. Jessica Borushok presents the clinical case of Sarah, a 25-year-old woman with panic disorder and agoraphobia. Adopting an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) conceptualization, the therapist seeks to help Sarah develop self-confidence and flexible action guided by values.

The treatment plan includes psychoeducation, acceptance, and cognitive defusion techniques, as well as interoceptive and in vivo exposure exercises.

Course length: 1 hour

Brian Pilecki, Ph.D., talks about a client presenting with social anxiety. Through an ACT framework, he explains how to conceptualize a clinical case and develop a treatment plan.

Course length: 1.25 hours

Miranda Morris, Ph.D., explores the story of Hannah, a 20-year-old female client struggling with severe symptoms of anxiety and depression related to procrastination and problematic interpersonal experiences.

She discusses common challenges therapists face with this population and provides strategies to overcome them.

Course length: 1 hour

ACT for PTSD and Trauma

1 course / 2 clinical cases​

Dr. Sonja Batten guides you on how to apply ACT exercises to trauma clients. She also addresses therapist obstacles and self-care, which is of great importance when treating clients with trauma issues.

Course length: 8 hours

Dr. Matthew Tull explores the fusion of ACT principles with trauma techniques, rebuilding resilience and purpose within clients with PTSD, focusing on the first responders population.

Course length: 1 hour

Dr. Sonja Batten conceptualizes a case and structures treatment based on the hexaflex model for a client with complex PTSD. This includes behavioral tracking, acceptance metaphors, values clarification, and differing levels of exposure.

Course length: 1.25 hours


1 course / 1 clinical case

Learn the ACT-based framework for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with Kate Morrison, Ph.D. She includes techniques, metaphors, and handouts that can be implemented directly in a clinical environment.

You will have access to multiple mock sessions in which you can observe Dr. Morrison applying ACT skills to treat OCD.

Course length: 8.25 hour

Kate Morrison, Ph.D., uses the ACT framework to conceptualize a clinical case about a client with harm obsessions regarding her daughter. She goes through the diagnostic process and the treatment structure.

Course length: 1 hour

ACT for Behavioral Issues

3 clinical cases

Dr. Hill uses the ACT framework with self-compassion skills to conceptualize and formulate the treatment plan for a client who meets the criteria for binge eating disorder.

She focuses on breaking the cycle of avoidance and increasing psychological flexibility in response to anxiety and stress, teaching you practical exercises.

Course length: 1.25 hours

Dr. Jonathan Bricker provides a detailed exploration of ACT within the context of smoking cessation, including strategies for managing cravings and the importance of empathy and client autonomy in the therapeutic process.

He also highlights strategies to be implemented during the post-quit phase and envisioning a smoke-free life.

Course length: 1.25 hours

Jessica Borushok, Ph.D., provides a comprehensive overview of burnout from a practical perspective. She talks about the features and symptoms of burnout through a case study conceptualized from an ACT perspective.

She also explores treatment strategies to address work-related and lifestyle factors contributing to burnout.

Course length: 1.25 hours

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Your ACT Toolbox: A Worksheets and Handouts Library

Gain access to a diverse collection of handouts and worksheets.

Client Resources

Client Resources:

Exercises, metaphors, and activities to assign as therapeutic homework, reinforcing learning between sessions.

Clinician’s Toolkit:

Guides, checklists, and planners to streamline your preparation and deliver impactful ACT interventions with confidence.

Sample Video: ACT and Psychological Flexibility: Why It Matters? ​

From our course, Demystifying ACT: A Practical Guide for Therapists by DJ Moran.

All our sections are concise and clinically relevant; none of them lasts more than 12 minutes. That's our rule.

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Daniel J. Moran is the founder of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, founder of Pickslyde Consulting, and past president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Association for Behavior Analysis International. 
Dr. Moran coauthored a case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and several publications applying ACT to clinical issues, leadership, and behavioral health. He has appeared on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and The Oprah Winfrey Network discussing anxiety disorders, and is a recognized ACT trainer and board-certified Behavior Analyst.

Michelle Woidneck, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her doctorate in combined clinical/counseling/school psychology from Utah State University in 2013. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health. 

Before entering private practice she was a staff psychologist for several years at the Center, where she helped to start the Trauma Recovery Clinic and co-developed an adolescent dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Woidneck Kieffe provides individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents with diverse clinical presentations, and is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer. 

Her clinical and research interests fall within the areas of acceptance- and mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral interventions, ACT, DBT, trauma and posttraumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions, and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Jessica Borushok, Ph.D., C.Psych. (she/her), is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in anxiety disorders and health-related concerns, including insomnia, chronic pain, and coping with chronic medical conditions. In addition to clinical work, Jessica provides Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training and consultation to other mental health professionals. 
Dr. Borushok is the co-author of numerous books, including the award-winning introduction to ACT book, The ACT Approach. In an effort to bring evidence-based resources to the public, Jessica also runs a Youtube channel called The ACT Therapist.
Dr. Brian Pilecki is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of such anxiety disorders as OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and panic disorder, in addition to trauma and PTSD, and matters related to the use of psychedelics. 
Dr. Pilecki completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and practices from an orientation based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He also has extensive experience in the areas of mindfulness and meditation, and incorporates them into his therapeutic approach to clients. He is an active researcher and has published on topics including anxiety disorders, mindfulness, psychedelics, and the relationship between theory and practice in psychotherapy.
Miranda Morris, Ph.D. is an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer who conducts regular training in ACT and other contextual behavioral therapies, including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and clinical applications of Relational Frame Theory (RFT). 
She is a licensed psychologist and the co-founder of True North Therapy and Training, a group practice in Bethesda, MD that is committed to providing and training practitioners in evidence based therapies. She currently serves as Past President on the Board of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is President Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ACBS.
Dr. Sonja Batten is the CEO of Flexible Edge Solutions and Vice President of Programs for the nonprofit organization Stop Soldier Suicide, where she leads all clinical programs and innovations. Before joining Stop Soldier Suicide, she served as Senior Psychological Health Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton for eight years, leading the Behavioral Health Community of Practice. 
Prior to that, she worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the role of Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health. Her responsibilities included supervising the development of mental health policy related to women’s mental health, military sexual trauma, PTSD, suicide prevention, and substance use disorders, including collaboration with the Department of Defense. She also led the VA’s innovative nationwide mental health public awareness campaign Make the Connection, winning over 50 awards in two years. 
Dr. Batten was the first Deputy Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and the first Associate Director for Women’s Health Research at Yale University. While leading the outpatient and residential PTSD programs for the VA Maryland Health Care System, she established its first mental health outreach and clinical program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a certified executive coach and Prosci Change Management practitioner.
Dr. Matthew Tull is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, following completion of an internship at the Boston Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Healthcare System.
His research is focused on understanding the role of emotion regulation in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as a variety of maladaptive behaviors commonly observed among individuals with PTSD such as substance use, risk-taking behaviors, suicidal behavior, and nonsuicidal self-injury.
Dr. Tull has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, and his research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. His program of research has been recognized through awards from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Kate Morrison, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related concerns. Her career has focused on the research, training, and application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and exposure therapies for these concerns. 
Dr. Morrison is the owner of a telehealth clinical practice focused on these themes in Sandy, Utah. She has been practicing and studying ACT and clinical behavior analysis for well over a decade. 
Dr. Morrison has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to ACT, OCD, exposure therapy, and OC-related disorders. In addition to her clinical practice, she serves on the editorial board of the and trains other professionals in her areas of expertise.
Diana Hill, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and co-author of ACT Daily Journal: Get Unstuck and Live Fully With Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also a co-host of the popular podcast Your Life in Process, and offers regular teachings in compassion and ACT. Through her online teachings, executive coaching, clinical supervision, and private therapy practice Diana encourages clients to build psychological flexibility so that they can live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. 
Dr. Hill has a knack for unpacking complex, science-based concepts and making them applicable to daily life in work, parenting, relationships, and health. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara, majoring in biopsychology, followed by a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at CU Boulder, where she researched mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for eating disorders. 
Diana practices what she preaches in her daily life as a mom of two, homesteader, and yoga teacher. Learn more about her latest offerings at and follow her @drdianahill on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get tools to build psychological flexibility into your daily life.
Dr. Jonathan Bricker is an expert in the field of health behavior change interventions. He is a full professor of Public Health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and affiliate professor and member of the graduate faculty in Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. A licensed clinical psychologist, he received his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Bricker is founder and leader of the Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) Research Group. This focuses on developing and testing innovative theory-based behavioral interventions for tobacco cessation and weight loss, especially those delivered in widely disseminable technology platforms. He and his team have developed a novel health behavior change intervention model based on the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
The principal investigator of over $26 million in research grants, he has led seven NIH R01 randomized trial grants, and led or collaborated on multiple other federal and private research grants. His grants focus on testing a machine learning natural language processing chatbot for quitting smoking; smartphone applications for tobacco cessation in the general population, among cancer patients, and among adolescents; and a weight loss telephone coaching program based on ACT. His iCanQuit smartphone app was proven more effective than a leading National Cancer Institute app based on the US Clinical Practice Guidelines in a large randomized trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Dr. Bricker has published over 110 peer-reviewed research articles on addictions, behavioral interventions, and technologies. He serves as senior editor of the journal Addiction, the highest-impact substance abuse journal. He has served as a regular member of several NIH Study Sections, including the IPTA addiction interventions section, and chaired NIH special emphasis panels including the TCORS tobacco regulatory review panel. He provided expert testimony to state legislators, including in support of the Washington State Tobacco 21 bill that was signed into law. His TEDx talk, The Secret to Self Control, has been viewed over seven million times, and his work featured in popular books, documentaries, and news outlets across the world.

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