“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair”: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Support BIPOC Clients

Friday, September 24, 2021
10 am – 12 pm PST
Free (Online via Zoom)


This is a free online course for BIPOC therapists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a flexible approach to manage the challenging emotions we experience. ACT does not require clients to focus on getting rid of “bad feelings” but rather to develop a different relationship to these feelings. The spirit of ACT is to use one’s values to inform a meaningful life path.

In this two-hour workshop for BIPOC clinicians, elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will be explored. Participants will be introduced to the ACT framework and its core principles. The use of metaphor will be discussed as well as how clinicians might incorporate poetry, art, music, and other forms of cultural expression in their work with BIPOC clients.

This is free online course. This course is for therapists, social workers and other mental health professionals. 

Workshop Goals

  • Participants will be able to explain the importance of psychological flexibility to the ACT framework
  • Participants will be able to define “self-as-context” and why this is important to marginalized populations
  • Participants will be able to guide BIPOC clients in utilizing ACT principles to mitigate the impact of macro and microaggressions
  • Participants will create and use culturally relevant metaphors to explain ACT concepts to clients
Instructor: Cassandra Falby, LMFT

Cassandra Falby, LMFT (# 91191) has a full-time private psychotherapy practice in Oakland, CA where she sees individuals, couples, and families. Cassandra uses a client-centered, relational approach, alongside modalities such as ACT, to assist clients in living with greater ease. She appreciates the opportunity to work with those who are BIPOC-identified, LGBTQIA folks, children of immigrants, and those living with chronic illness (cancer, lupus, MS). Her clinical interests include attachment theory, intergenerational trauma, and codependency.

From December 2014 through November 2020, Cassandra was the Program Director at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center.

To register, please click HERE.

Registration closes Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 5pm. You must be registered to attend.

Questions? Contact Dolores at 510.206.3078 or [email protected].