Life After Workshop For CLinicians

Learn How to Apply Principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) an Evidence-based Approach for Reducing Unwanted Pornography Viewing

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Learning Objectives...

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the few research supported treatments for problematic pornography viewing. In a recent randomized clinical trial, individuals reduced their viewing of pornography on average by over 90% after participating in 12 sessions of ACT (Crosby & Twohig, 2016). 

ACT is a transdiagnostic treatment that has been found efficacious for a wide range of problems across over 300 randomized controlled trials including compulsive disorders such as pornography viewing. ACT provides a comprehensive framework for addressing core pathological processes underlying problematic pornography viewing including psychological inflexibility, low trait-mindfulness, emotion dysregulation, and moral disapproval. 

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​Professional Training: This 6 hour training series will demonstrate how ACT principles effectively reduce unwanted pornography viewing by cultivating openness to experiencing urges to view pornography and by promoting value-directed behaviors instead of ineffective efforts to control inner experiences and perceived addiction.

Post Module Comprehension Self-Check: Optional multiple choice quizzes following each module to reinforce learning of key concepts.

Usage ​Rights + Access: Licensing rights to use Life After Pornography course material (audio, video, visuals, prompts, workbook, and worksheets) you've purchased only with your clients (not for resale). Print off the entire LAP digital companion workbook or download it for your clients. 

Learning Objectives...

✔️ Module 1: ACT As a Treatment For Problematic Pornography Viewing
1. Evaluate ACT treatment outcome studies
2. Identify at least 4 pathological processes underlying compulsive pornography viewing
3. Present rational for process oriented outcomes 

✔️ Module 2: Orienting To The “Problem”
1. Demonstrate how to motivate clients through “creative hopelessness” 
2. Describe the paradox of control
3. List strategies for enhancing willingness

✔️ Module 3: Cultivating Awareness Through Mindfulness
1. Explain the relationship between language and psychological inflexibility 
2. Practice mindfulness exercises designed to enhance self as context
3. Summarize key aspects of emotional awareness and regulation

✔️ Module 4: Finding Direction Through Values
1. Define framework for healthy sexuality and personal boundaries
2. Develop plan for establishing connections
3. Compile exercises for clarifying and pursuing values


Addressing sexual concerns like unwanted pornography viewing requires complex understanding of underlying factors and specific training on intervention techniques.


  • What key aspects to focus on with your clients
  • ​How to present ACT concepts in a meaningful way
  • ​​​Why understanding mindfulness, emotional awareness, values, and connections are vital to overcoming pornography
  • ​How to respond to common client roadblocks to behavioral change
  • ​When to motivate clients through experiential exercises


Dr. Cameron Staley is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about providing counseling, teaching courses for the psychology department, and supervising counselors and psychologists in training. He has presented his research on pornography at the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) along with peer-reviewed publications in the journals of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. 

Dr. Staley completed his psychology internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where he first learned Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as an effective treatment for unwanted pornography viewing. He continues to enjoy providing individual and group therapy for compulsive behaviors and offering professional training on ACT and sexual concerns.


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