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A Mindful Approach to Finding Meaning: Using ACT to Advance Therapy presented by Crystal Schiller, Ph.D

Monday, April 17, 2017, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  || Slides || printable handouts: 3 slides with notes || 6 slides per page

When: April 17, 2017, 12-2 pm, with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office)

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: Online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before to the program.)

Live Streaming:  Can’t make it in person? Participate to live stream. (All who register for live streaming will receive an email with directions on how to join/log-in the Friday before lecture.)


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Meaning making is central to psychotherapy. As clinicians, we have all had clients who may be engaging in behaviors that feel incongruent with their values or who may be struggling to identify meaning or values in their life. In this workshop, Crystal Schiller draws primarily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or “ACT” with its focus on values identification and value-based action. According to ACT, values are seen as a core process of change and essential for psychological flexibility. Dr. Schiller will provide techniques to help us to work with clients to identify values, and engage in the present moment in ways that support these values, such as deciding to change or persist in a behavior based on their values. She will also discuss the relevance of values work across therapeutic traditions and client diagnoses, and how it can increase psychotherapy engagement, motivation for change, and commitment to vital living. The goal of this workshop is to help therapists to refine their understanding of how values motivate behavior change and how to help with value identification and committed action.


s200_crystal_schillerCrystal Edler Schiller, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychology and health services provider at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is associate director of behavioral health for the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Dr. Schiller has expertise in third wave behavior therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and her clinical work focuses on mindfulness, acceptance, and value-based action as methods of promoting wellbeing and vitality in women experiencing depression, anxiety, and chronic health conditions. Dr. Schiller’s research focuses on the effects of ovarian hormones on mood and brain function in women with reproductive-related mood disorders. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation of Hope, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.


Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of values identification as a core change process in ACT
  2. Describe the function of values identification in other therapeutic modalities, including motivational interviewing and behavioral activation
  3. Practice at least one intervention to identify core values
  4. Identify common pitfalls in conducting values identification with clients

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


A-Tjak, J. G. L., Davis, M. L., Morina, N., Powers, M. B., Smits, J. A. J., & Emmelkamp, P. M. G. (2015). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of acceptance and commitment therapy for clinically relevant mental and physical health problems. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84(1), 30-36.

Grumet, R., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2016). A case for integrating values clarification work into cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 26(1), 11-21.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $20/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lectures. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at or 919-962-6540   to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

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Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at or 919-962-6540.


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