About this presentation

This lecture will describe the ethical imperative of self-care for mental health providers. This talk will outline the core principles of ACT, describe how to personally apply ACT to alleviate burnout as mental health professionals, and utilize in vivo practice to familiarize participants with the experiential nature of the therapy.

Further, this talk will discuss the assumptions of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory, report the view of the therapeutic relationship according to IFS, explain how to use IFS for self-care and guide the examination of participants' own parts through an experiential exercise to familiarize participants with the model. 

What you'll learn

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to describe the ethical imperative of self-care for mental health providers, the basic assumptions of the IFS model and describe the qualities of the therapeutic relationship during IFS treatment.

Attendees will experience an IFS mindfulness practice to enhance understanding of the model and promote their own self-care. Attendees should also be able to describe the six core principles of the ACT model and experience an ACT exercise to enhance personal understanding of the model. Participants will also be guided to additional resources for learning and applying IDS and ACT for burnout and compassion fatigue.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory
  • Explain ways to get started using IFS with oneself for self-care
  • Provide an overview of the six core ACT processes
  • Explain how to utilize ACT principles for personal self-care

About your teachers

Jordan Kugler, Ph.D., earned his Doctorate of Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2021 at Utah State University and has practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist since 2021. Jordan has research and clinical experience in post-trauma reactions and trauma-focused interventions. He is intensively trained and has experiential practice in applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions to burnout and building resilience.

Radha Moldover, L.C.S.W. Radha earned her Master of Social Work at the State University of New York, Albany and has practiced as a licensed clinical social worker since 2000. Radha has been a student of Internal Family Systems since 2021. She's completed 25 hours of formal training in the model and has experiential practice in applying IFS to burnout, compassion fatigue and moral injury.

Rachel Hopkins, Psy.D. earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) at Widener University in 2018. She is currently the Program Director of the Anxiety and Mood Team at UCEBT where she treats clients presenting with a wide variety of presenting problems and supervises other licensed psychologists and unlicensed trainees. Rachel has been utilizing ACT since the start of her doctoral program, has completed a variety of trainings in ACT, and has presented to mental health professionals and the general public on ACT for children and adolescents, recovery and addiction, and culturally diverse populations.

CE Approval

UCEBT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCEBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additionally, this presentation is approved for ethics homestudy CE credit through UPA, NASW-UT, UAMFT, and UMHCA.

Program Notices

This program discusses ethical codes in clinical practice for psychologists. It may not include information on all mental health professions. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics code.

There are no known risks to attendees or patients. As with all clinical work, attendees should be thoughtful about applying clinical strategies and obtain appropriate training and supervision.

Conflicts of Interest: None noted.

Commercial Support: None.


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