Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Speech and Language Pathologists, March 9-10, 2018

Sponsored by The Stuttering Foundation and Boston University, this two-day workshop will provide valuable training on the methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

March 9-10, 2018
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Boston University Sargent College
635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Cost: $200

This program is offered for 1.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).


Workshop Leaders

  • Instructor: Jane Harley, MSc (Psych. Couns.), BA, PGDip. CT, CertMRCSLT, MHCPC, The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London England
  • Conference coordinator: Clinical Associate Professor Diane Constantino, MS CCC/SLP, BCS-F

About the Event

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (pronounced as one word ‘ACT’) is a mindfulness and acceptance-based approach founded in behavioral schools of therapy. ACT aims to help people respond to life challenges with greater psychological flexibility and in ways which are consistent with personal values. A fundamental premise in ACT is that attempts to control problems are frequently the source of further difficulty and that by opening up to the full spectrum of emotions and experiences it is possible to live more fully and authentically. ACT has an increasing presence in work with people who stutter, and its’ use with children, young people, and families is developing rapidly.

This experiential workshop will focus on the use of ACT with children and teenagers who stutter and their parents. It is suitable for therapists who are developing their skills in the field of stammering as well as those who wish to build on their experience of using traditional cognitive therapy or other psychological approaches. The workshop will combine theoretical discussion with practical exercises and resources.

In this experiential course you will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical models on which ACT is based
  • Describe the interventions relevant to core therapeutic processes of ACT in relationship to school-aged children: openness, present-moment awareness, psychological distance from unwanted thoughts and emotions, and choosing actions which are in line with personal values
  • Explore ways in which a therapist is ‘ACT-consistent’ through activities and discussion

About the Speaker

Jane Harley, MSc
Jane Harley, MSc

Jane Harley (nee Fry) is a registered Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, UK. Jane completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1996. She also holds a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Over the last 20 years she has written about the use of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) in working with people who stutter, and taught workshops in applying CBT to therapy for stuttering both in the UK and internationally, and is the author of a chapter outlining CBT with an adult who stutters in “Stammering from the Inside: New Approaches on Working with Young People and Adults.”

Over the last 6 years Jane has attended a range of clinical and theoretical training workshops in ACT. She is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) and of the Children and Families Special Interest Group. She uses ACT in her work with children, young people and adults who stutter and is particularly interested in the similarities and differences between ACT and other psychological approaches, and how clinicians can integrate ACT into their practice.