Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Context of Eating Disorders

Giulia Suro_PhD_Primary TherapistOliver-Pyatt Centers Clinical Director of Intensive Outpatient and Transitional Living Programs Giulia Suro, PhD will present at OPC’s First Wednesdays Breakfast Series for Clinical Profressionals on October 5th. Dr. Suro will share her expertise on “Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Context of Eating Disorders”.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) challenges conventional wisdom and overturns the ground rules of most of Western psychology. Within the framework of ACT, quality of life is dependent on mindful values-guided action, regardless of how many symptoms you have. Applying an ACT approach in the context of eating disorders provides an opportunity to address the numerous and complex factors that maintain the disorder. ACT encourages clients to examine the function of their eating disorder from an objective and compassionate stance. Additionally, ACT techniques teach individuals how to live a meaningful and valued life in the presence of the most painful and unrelenting thoughts and feelings. Dr. Suro will provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of ACT as well as specific clinical techniques that may be applied successfully to eating disorder clients.

Through this presentation, participants will be able to identify and define the six core components of the ACT hexaflex. They will also learn techniques to illustrate the skills of delusion and experiential acceptance in the context of thoughts and feelings associated with the eating disorder. Lastly, they will be able to define the difference between a value and a goal in the framework of working with clients toward behavioral changes.

Breakfast begins at 9:00am and the presentation will be from 9:30-10:30am. One CE hour will be offered for PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LMHC, LCSW, LPCC and RD. If you would like to join Oliver-Pyatt Center’s First Wednesdays on October 5th, please RSVP to Florida Outreach Manager Callie Chavoustie at or RSVP here by October 3rd.

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