[CE] Using ACT and Internal Family Systems Techniques to Address Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Date: Friday,June 23, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MST
Virtual, via Zoom
CEs: 2.0 CE

This presentation is approved for CE credit through NASW-UT, UAMFT, and UMHCA. Additionally, UCEBT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCEBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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About the presentation:

Burnout and compassion fatigue are common obstacles among behavioral health care workers that can impact both quality of care and quality of life for those in the field. Two interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems therapy may offer a pathway to reliably reducing burnout and increasing compassion. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a transdiagnostic evidence-based treatment that is beneficial in helping individuals cope with a wide variety of clinical concerns including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, OCD, substance misuse, stress, sleep issues, relationship distress, and even therapist burnout.

This lecture will outline the core principles of ACT, describe how to personally apply ACT to alleviate burnout as mental health professionals, and utilize in vivo practice to familiarize participants with the experiential nature of the therapy.

Further, research has shown that Internal Family Systems therapy is another effective intervention for reducing a range of clinical conditions and their sequalae. This lecture will describe the assumptions of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory, the view of the therapeutic relationship according to IFS, and outline some of the skills and techniques that are unique to IFS for self-care through experiential practice.

Learning Statement:

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to describe the ethical imperative of self-care for mental health providers, the basic assumptions of the IFS model and describe the qualities of the therapeutic relationship during IFS treatment.

Attendees will experience an IFS mindfulness practice to enhance understanding of the model and promote their own self-care. Attendees should also be able to describe the six core principles of the ACT model and experience an ACT exercise to enhance personal understanding of the model. Participants will also be guided to additional resources for learning and applying IDS and ACT for burnout and compassion fatigue.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Provide an overview of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory
  • Explain ways to get started using IFS with oneself for self-care
  • Provide an overview of the six core ACT processes
  • Explain how to utilize ACT principles for personal self-care


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Prudenzi, A., Graham, C. D., Flaxman, P. E., Wilding, S., Day, F., & O'Connor, D. B. (2022). A workplace Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention for improving healthcare staff psychological distress: A randomised controlled trial. PloS one, 17(4), e0266357. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266357

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Towey-Swift, K. D., Lauvrud, C., & Whittington, R. (2023). Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for professional staff burnout: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of controlled trials. Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England), 32(2), 452–464. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.2022628

About the presenter:

Jordan Kugler, Ph.D., earned his Doctorate of Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2021 at Utah State University and has practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist since 2021. Jordan has research and clinical experience in post-trauma reactions and trauma-focused interventions. He is intensively trained and has experiential practice in applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions to burnout and building resilience.

Radha Moldover, L.C.S.W. Radha earned her Master of Social Work at the State University of New York, Albany and has practiced as a licensed clinical social worker since 2000. Radha has been a student of Internal Family Systems since 2021. She's completed 25 hours of formal training in the model and has experiential practice in applying IFS to burnout, compassion fatigue and moral injury.

Rachel Hopkins, Psy.D. earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) at Widener University in 2018. She is currently the Program Director of the Anxiety and Mood Team at UCEBT where she treats clients presenting with a wide variety of presenting problems and supervises other licensed psychologists and unlicensed trainees. Rachel has been utilizing ACT since the start of her doctoral program, has completed a variety of trainings in ACT, and has presented to mental health professionals and the general public on ACT for children and adolescents, recovery and addiction, and culturally diverse populations.

Program Notices:

Conflicts of Interest: None noted.

Commercial Support: None.

CE Credit: Two hours of CE credit is available for attendees who are present for the entire program. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Jordan Kugler, Radha Moldover, Rachel Hopkins, and UCEBT have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program. For additional information or if accommodations are needed, please contact Jennifer at or (801) 419-0139.

If accommodations are needed, please contact Jennifer at or (801) 419-0139.

Event Information

Event Date 06-23-2023 10:00 am
Event End Date 06-23-2023 12:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00