Acceptance: A Powerful Tool for Change

When: December 9, 2021 5:30-6:30pm (PST)

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A CNU Virtual Faculty Presentation

The CNU Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program invites you to attend our upcoming Faculty Presentation Series.

Each presentation is provided by a member of our faculty based on their area of interest, research, or practice.

Come get a taste of what the CNU Doctor of Psychology Program has to offer!

All presentations are free of charge.


This Event:

The dominant societal view is that a life well lived is one where you feel good and think positive thoughts most of the time. Even Clinical Psychology reflects these implicit beliefs by diagnosing mental disorders based on symptoms. The idea being, symptoms reflect something ‘wrong’ that needs to be corrected.

But what if there was an alternative perspective? What if pain, and symptom manifestation of that pain, was just a normal and natural part of being human? Would that provide a different way forward?

Imagine if nothing had to change about you or your patients, nothing at all, in order for you to live a life full of satisfaction and vitality…and also pain as well…right now. This is the starting point for an acceptance-based approach to psychotherapy, and it is an extremely powerful perspective from which to make meaningful changes in your life and the lives of your patients. Presented by Jason Lillis, Ph.D.


About the Presenter:

Dr. Lillis received his B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and then completed a postdoc at Stanford University. He has worked for almost 10 years an NIH grant-funded research scientist and faculty member at the Brown Medical School and the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, he regularly teaches, mostly recently at California State University- Sacramento before joining the CNSU faculty. Dr. Lillis has more than 50 publications and 3 books and is considered a leading researcher of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness and acceptance-based CBT intervention for treating mental and behavioral health issues.

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