Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Introduction of mindfulness and defusion skills

The purpose of this presentation is to be able to put into practice present-moment awareness/mindfulness by differentiating between direct and indirect experiences. To help you identify a minimum of two mindfulness exercises that help you practice non-judgmental awareness. Lastly be able to describe how you can defuse and unhook from your thoughts.

About the Presenters

Jessica Leonard, Ph.D.

Dr. Leonard is a psychologist who has been practicing since 2016. She currently serves as the Training Director for the post-doc and practicum training program at Lifestance NH and as the Regional Clinical Assessment Director for Lifestance NH/ME. She graduated from West Virginia University with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology and Ithaca College with a Master of Science degree with a concentration in sport psychology.

Dr. Leonard believes in the resilience of all humans and has a client-centered approach in assisting clients live a more purposeful and meaningful life and providing tools to manage life stressors. She is trained as a generalist psychologist and specializes in treating trauma, including childhood, sexual, combat, and complex trauma. Dr. Leonard is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). She also specializes in group therapy intervention and believes that groups can provide a great source of social interaction, support, and hope while also providing a safe environment in which to learn. Dr. Leonard also provides required Bariatric pre-surgical psychological assessment for local Bariatric Surgery Programs.

Dr. Leonard recently joined the faculty at Rivier University’s PsyD program as Assistant Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Practicum Placements.

Dr. Leonard enjoys spending time with family and has been actively involved in New Hampshire Psychological Association and assisting newly trained psychologists getting licensed in the state.

Thomas Scaggs PsyD Practicum Student - Rivier University

Thomas is a third-year doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army, Thomas was involved in social work providing services to adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities both in home and in the community. Attaining a Master’s in Developmental Psychology while enlisted as a public affairs noncommissioned officer, he has always been driven by a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world and entered his doctoral program immediately after being honorably discharged. Thomas has completed a master’s-level internship in Kansas, a doctoral practicum within the Chelmsford Public School system, and is presently working with Dr. Leonard at LifeStance providing adolescent and adult therapy using the ACT model. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, attending concerts, meditation, and doing just about anything family oriented.

AMA Designation Statement

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this presentation of enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Providership Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and New Hampshire Professionals Health Program. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Financial Disclaimer:

None of the planners or faculty for this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
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