ACT Institute

PLEA is committed to delivering high quality, effective and empirically sound services and support to children, families and adult consumers. As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the quality of our services, we incorporate ACT into all levels of our organization; across programs and individually with those we serve.

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is an evidence-based approach rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that integrates mindfulness exercises and provides some guidance on moving towards the things that are important.  PLEA provides parent workshops, staff trainings and organizational trainings that are based in ACT.  These trainings are ideal for families, social service agencies, and schools.


PLEA ACT for Parents Workshops

This 5 part workshop for parents is designed to…

  1. Help parents build skills to cope with parenting stress.
  2. Help parents deal with the daily struggles of parenting a child with special needs.
  3. Provide parents with some basic tools to promote positive parent-child interactions.

These workshops are open to all parents and are provided at PLEA on a regular basis for a small per-person fee.

We can come to you!  We can facilitate a parent workshop at your organization.  Contact us for more information and group rates.

Parent Workshop Facilitator Training

After completion of this training program, your staff will be able to facilitate ACT based parent workshops at your organization.

This training consists of:

  1. An initial 2 day training on the basics of ACT.
  2. PLEA trainer will provide direct training during a 5 sequence workshop.
  3. PLEA trainer will provide supervision, consultation and feedback for your staff for the remainder of the year.


Teacher/Staff Workshops

We provide workshops designed to help staff build the skills to cope with job related stress and move towards what is important in the work place.  This workshop will help teachers and other direct care staff indentify and move towards their values.  After all, why have we chosen a helping field?

Organizational Training and Consultation

Our organization trainings and consultative services range from introduction to ACT workshops to total organization values clarification.

Please click here to view PLEA’s ACT brochure . . . 

Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT)

Please feel free to contact us for a free initial consult . . . 

Phone: 412-243-3464       Fax: 412-243-5649       Email:


About our expert trainer . . .

Aaron Libman, M.Ed, BCBA

Mr. Libman, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has worked in various capacities at PLEA since 2010, now serving as the Clinical/Program Director of the School Based Partial Hospital Program.  Additionally, he is a co-developer of the PLEA ACT Institute.  Mr. Libman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a certificate in Organizational Studies and a Master’s in Education.  He is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Mr. Libman was initially exposed to ACT in 2009 and has been involved with the approach since then.  He has received extensive training in ACT from Dr. Kelly Wilson, Dr. Lisa Coyne, and Benjamin Schoendorff.  This training, along with his personal experience with ACT has led to multiple opportunities to present the model and its application in organizational contexts, most recently at the Child and Adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School.