ACT Lecture for Senior Age

Use of acceptance and commitment therapy as support for values ​​based on mature adults
  • Target Audience:

    general public

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    Thursday, October 21, 2021



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We are all aging! Most of us expect to have a long life, surrounded by family and friends who love us. However, aging is inevitably accompanied by changes that should be adapted, including cognitive, physical, environmental and psychosocial losses, as well as psychological growth opportunities and a sense of 'revisited I'. Old age can also bring people a clearer consciousness that life is precious and very brief; It is an invitation to think about what really matters and how each of us can make the best possible use of the remaining time.

In this ministric of 4 hours, we will examine how acceptance and commitment therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-ACT) can help the elderly deal with age-related changes with psychological flexibility: by contacting the present moment, such as A conscious human being and choosing to get involved in a meaningful and consistent life with the only personal values. Clinical research and practice will be described using ACT with older individuals in relation to the evolution of the body.

Case examples will explore how constructs related to ACT, such as acceptance, cognitive disulation, contact with the present moment, I-context and commitment to a values-based life, are applicable to a wide variety of aging-related problems , commonly seen in clinical practice. We will also examine the broader social psychosocial contexts in which aging, physical and cognitive decline and death, and the ways in which our world, rapidly changing, can move forward to create communities that promote the psychological well-being of adults Old.


1) Participants will be able to assess both positive and potentially challenging psychological problems associated with aging for themselves and their customers.

2) Participants will be able to describe the main act processes that support psychological flexibility in older adult clients.

3) Participants will know the relevant clinical literature on ACT with elderly adults, including people with cognitive impairment and their family or health professionals.

4) Participants will learn how to use functional analysis to create psychological flexibility, ACT treatment plans with older adult clients.

The event will not be recorded and will have simultaneous translation


Susan M. McCurry, Ph.D.

Susan M. McCurry, Ph.D.

Licensed psychologist specializing in working with middle-aged and older adults. It uses a contextual behavioral science approach to providing evidence-based treatment to improve quality of life in healthy adults as well as individuals who undergo age-related changes in physical, cognitive or psychological function, disorders. > In sleep or residential care and adjustments transitions. It recognizes the extensive and complex contextual factors that influence the aging process and welcomes perspectives and
interdisciplinary collaboration.

Dr. McCurry obtained a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a doctorate in clinical psychology (accredited by the APA) in the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed a pre-doctoral stage accredited by the APA in the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno and a postdoctoral purse supported by NiMH specializing in Geropsychology at the University of Washington. Dr. McCurry has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington since 1992 and acted as psychologist
Assistant at the clinic of Geriatric and family services of UW Medical Center from 1991 to 2010.