presented by Dr. Jodi Torzewski


Introduction & Course Overview (Conflicts of interest, learning objectives, limitations)

Introduction to the foundations of ACT including founders, experiential avoidance, functional contextualism, and Relational Frame Theory (RFT). Overview of the model of Psychological Flexibility/Inflexibility: Acceptance, Defusion, Self as Context,and Mindfulness, Demonstrations will be included. Overview of Psychological Flexibility continued: Values and Committed Action. Demonstrations will be included. 

Question and Answer Session

*Program does not include breaks

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of ACT as a third wave behavioral therapy and will be able to recognize the core concepts of Functional Contextualism (FC) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and experiential avoidance.

Participants will be introduced to the ACT model of psychological flexibility/inflexibility and will be able to name and define the six core processes: Acceptance, Defusion, Mindfulness, Self as Context, Values, and Committed Action.

About the Presenter:

Joanna (Jodi) Burg Torzewski, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience. In my private practice in Chicago, I provide individual, evidence-based, psychotherapy for adults.

For 22 years I have served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In this capacity, I have taught a variety of courses in the clinical psychology doctoral program including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In 2021, I was honored with award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Academic Instruction’ by my students for my (online) ACT class.

I have studied evidence-based therapies since my graduate training. In 2015 I began learning ACT and sought out multiple trainings, including with the founders of ACT, and consultation with leaders in the field. I primarily practice ACT in my private practice serving adults in individual therapy.

Recently, I co-developed an ACT treatment manual with Dr. Patricia Moreno for an on-line, group-based application of ACT for women with metastatic breast cancer, and served as the interventionist for her pilot study. I am a member of ACBS (Association of Contextual and Behavioral Sciences) and served on the board of ACBS Chicago Chapter. I founded the Chicago Loop ACT Consultation group and continually look for ways to bring ACT to the clinical community.

I am passionate about ACT as a treatment modality, and have greatly valued its impact on my life personally and professionally. I aim to deliver ACT trainings that are clear, experiential, clinically relevant, and engaging.