As clinicians, we often work with clients who are living with the ongoing effects of traumatic experiences. This requires a therapeutic approach that is both responsive to individuals and grounded in evidence. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one such approach. With a focus on the psychological processes that lead to suffering and vitality, ACT incorporates behavioral, cognitive, experiential, and mindfulness interventions aimed at cultivating a meaningful life. As a process-based approach, ACT is also highly adaptable to the range of trauma-related struggles our clients may experience, including everything from physical pain to relationship struggles.–
· What is the ACT perspective?
· ACT Core processes
· Trauma from an ACT perspective
· ACT perspective on other trauma-related interventions
To be able to…
· Understand the ACT perspective on human suffering/fulfillment
· Identify and describe the 6 core processes of psychological flexibility/inflexibility
· Approach trauma-related suffering from an ACT perspective
· Apply the ACT perspective to other models of trauma treatment
· Launch further inquiry into the ACT perspective
Casey Miller, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, Primary Therapist, Green Hill Recovery
Casey graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and English Literature in 2014 from the University of Florida and his MSW degree with a Substance Use and Addictions Specialization in 2020 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A). Casey previously worked as a case manager for Green Hill and completed a one-year clinical internship at Green Hill during his time at UNC-CH.
Additionally, Casey has worked with young adults transitioning out of foster care in Durham County with the LIFE Skills Foundation, providing therapy, case management, and experiential education. Outside of clinical work, Casey has a passion for community organizing and works with various social justice organizations in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.
Casey has training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, non-violent communication, and acceptance and commitment therapy. In practice, he follows his curiosity and provides compassionate and non-judgmental support through a secure therapeutic relationship.