DUMC Box 3842

Duke Clinics, 40 Duke Medicine Circle

3rd Floor, Purple Zone, Suite 3700
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-681-7231

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Phone: 919-681-7231

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Training ACT-ivities

ACT at Duke offers training in the application of ACT to a wide array of presenting problems and treatment delivery models and settings. This includes anxiety, mood and eating disorders; and individual, group and family therapy. ACT at Duke offers specific expertise in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder through affiliation with the Duke Center for Eating Disorders, and in psychological difficulties in the context of endocrine disease (e.g., diabetes). There is a specific emphasis on the treatment of type 1 diabetes comorbid with an eating disorder (T1D-ED).

ACT at Duke trainees become skilled in the technical aspects of applying ACT to a variety of problems in living, but also experience the model directly through a process approach to supervision. This is based on the premise that "What is most personal, is most universal"  (Carl Rogers)


Ongoing training activities are described below. Some activities are open to the public, others require affiliation with Duke or the Durham VA. Interested individuals can email rhonda.merwin@duke.edu to discuss participation with a member of the ACT at Duke team. If you do not get a response (our email can get overwhelmed), contact us again or give us a call (919) 681-7231. 


Current trainings can be found on the Homepage Calendar. Past Trainings are listed below.

ACT Didactic.

This is a weekly meeting that provides training in the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of ACT and ACT clinical methods. The sessions are open to interns, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other professionals interested in learning ACT. Participation requires prior approval and a commitment of attendance for the series.








Group Supervision in ACT.

This is a weekly group supervision meeting. Participating clinicians are treating a variety of cases using the ACT model. Therapy sessions are audio or video taped or observed live by Dr. Merwin to facilitate useful feedback. Group supervsion has a vertical structure with more experienced traineesparticipating in the training of those who are newer to the model.

Individual Supervision in ACT.

Current professionals and trainees may receive individual supervision in ACT. Although learning activities are designed to meet individual needs, supervisees are often asked to attend the ACT didactic or group supervision ( in addition to weekly individual supervision meetings. The frequency of supervision varies in accordance with the program with which the individual is affiliated (e.g., practicum, internship, outside professional contract).

ACT Workshops.

ACT workshops occur multiple times a year and range from half-day to two days. Some are sponsored by AHEC, NCPA, ACBS for continuing education credit or are scheduling within organizations (e.g., ACT Carolinas, community mental health organizations). Workshops include a wide and varied audience (e.g., local providers, Duke clinicians and researchers, and practitioners and students traveling from the surrounding area). Learning occurs via experiential and didactic methods. 

ACT Consultation.

ACT consultation (in person or via telephone or online call) is available and is typically focused on preparation for an ACT-related study, development of an ACT-based program, or consultation on ongoing ACT clinical cases for clinicians newer to the model.

An open, free to the public, community consultation groups is held the first Wednesday of each month at Duke. Click Here for current schedule and location. 

Invited Talks.

ACT-based clinical and research talks are ongoing. Some invited speaking engagements are open to the public or to other clinicians and researchers inside and outside the Duke community.

Click here for additional information about our presentations and testimonials from attendees.

ACT at Duke Online.

Coming Soon. Dr. Merwin and colleagues will begin offering online tutorials featuring the basics of the ACT model, interventions using ACT-based processes, adaptations for ACT-based family work, and advanced skills in ACT. For more information, or to receive updates about this and other trainings, sign-up on our contact page!

Workshops and Invited Talks (Selected)


Merwin, R. (2019, Jan). Advanced Training in ACT, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston, MA.  21 hrs.

Merwin, R. (2018, Sept). ACT with Diabetes, Training Providers in ACT-Informed Care, SRAHEC, Fayetteville, NC. 6 hrs.


Merwin, R. (2017, Jan). Intermediate Training in ACT. Eastern AHEC, Greenville NC, 14 hrs. 


Merwin, R. (2017, Sept). ACT for Eating Disorders, Chicago Chapter of ACBS, 6 hours. 


Merwin, R.M. (2017, Oct). ACT: Facilitating Meaningful Behavior Change, North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), Chapel

Hill, NC, 4hrs. 


Merwin, R.M. (2017, Oct). ACT for Eating Disorders, North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), Chapel Hill, NC, 4hrs. 


Event Name: Advancing Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Two Day Intermediate Workshop
Dates and Times: January 12th-13th, 2017
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Hosted By: Eastern AHEC
Link to: Brochure


Event Name: 2-Day Intermediate ACT Training
Dates and Times: December 8th-9th, 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Hosted By: Sponsored By: Department of Behavioral Health & Copley Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Registration Closed

​Event Name: Treating Eating Disorders with ACT 
Dates and Times: October 14th, 2016, 10:00am – 12:00 pm
Location: CAI
                Yellow Room, 20th Floor
                505 8th Ave.,
                NY, NY, 10018
Hosted By: International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, New York Chapter
Link to: iaedpNY

Event Name: The ACT Model
Dates and Times: August 5th-7th, 2016
Location: Beijing, China
Hosted By: Training Institute Xin Jao Yu ("Heart Education")

Event Name: You Can’t Eat That: Engaging Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa (or Other Issues of Rigid Rule-Based Self-Regulation) in Self-Compassion and Self-Care
Dates and Times: June 17th, 2016, 2:45-4:15pm
Location: The Westin Seattle
                 Pine Room
                1900 5th Avenue
                Seattle, Washington, 98101 
Hosted By: ACBS World Conference 14 in Seattle, Washington, USA   (June 16-19, 2016).
Link to: Registration
Link to: Conference Program

Event Name: Advancing Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Dates and Times: March 31-April 1st, 2016, 9am-4pm
Location: Wake Forest University
                 475 Deacon Blvd
                 Winston-Salem, NC 27106
                 Hosted By: Northwest AHEC

Event Name: ACT in Practice: Intermediate Training on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Helping Therapists and their Clients Avoid Avoiding and Move toward Valued, Vital Living
Dates and Times: April 7-8th, 2016 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: UNC School of Social Work
                 WorkTate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Room 500 
                 325 Pittsboro Street
                 Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Hosted By: UNC School of Social Work

​Event Name: ACT in Practice: What To Do When
Dates and Times: January 8th, 2016, 8:30-9:50am
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC
Hosted By: Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Event Name: ACT Two-Day Intensive Training with Rockingham County Youth Services
Dates and Times: September 23-24, 2015
Location: Wentworth, NC
Hosted By: Rockingham County Youth Services

Event Name: American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions: Disordered Eating Behaviors—Early Intervention and Prevention
Dates and Times: June 9, 2015 from 8:00-10:00
Location: Boston, MA
Hosted By: American Diabetes Association

Event Name: Emotional Experiencing and ACT
Dates and Times: April 17th (1:00-4:45) and 18th (9:00-4:00) 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Hosted By: UNC School of Social Work

Event Name: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The Basics and Beyond
Dates and Times: March 27th, 2015 (Full-Day: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Hosted By: North Eastern AHEC

Event Name: DUMC Grand Rounds: Intentional Insulin Misuse Among Individuals with Type 1 Diabetes
Dates and Times: March 19th 2015
Location: 12:00-1:00 at Duke North
                 2:00-3:00 at Central Regional Hospital
Hosted By: DUMC Department of Psychiatry

Event Name: ACT in Practice
Dates and Times: January 16, 2015 (Full-Day: 9:00am - 5:00 pm)
Location: Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
Hosted By: ACT Carolinas

Event Name: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The Basics and Beyond
Dates and Times: December 2nd, 2014 (Full-Day: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)
Location: Greeneville, NC
Hosted By: Eastern AHEC

Event Name: ACT 2-Day Intensive
Dates and Times: February 9-10, 2014
Location: Durham, NC
Hosted By: Carolina Outreach