'Online Course in Using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to treat music performance anxiety' with David Juncos, PsyD - 2nd May 2020 - SOLD OUT

Course Details

We are hosting an online ACT course with David Juncos online via Zoom. This online platform enables interaction within an online classroom and the numbers will be restricted to 20 participants to enable interaction. This course is intended for singing teachers and other voice professionals who are not mental health professionals but who still want to learn evidence-based ways to help musicians with MPA.

In the first part of this course we will discuss what music performance anxiety (MPA) is and how it’s measured in MPA research.  We will also highlight how common MPA symptoms and behaviors might be detected by music teachers who are not MPA researchers or clinical professionals.  Next, we will discuss who is at risk for developing more severe cases of MPA, and we will use a popular model in clinical psychology to illustrate how such cases of MPA develop and are maintained.  Case examples will be provided, and the audience is encouraged to apply this model towards a student or client of their own with MPA.

In the second part, we will introduce an evidence-based coaching model, Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), and the six behavioral processes that contribute to ACT’s overarching goal of increased psychological flexibility.  We will then discuss how each ACT process is taught, using relevant techniques, metaphors, and in-session exercises, if possible through the Zoom platform.  Lastly, we will put this information together by providing case examples of musicians with MPA who participated in previous ACT for MPA research studies and discuss specifically how they were treated, including a university student who was coached in ACT by a UK singing teacher with no education or training in psychotherapy.


Part One – 1.5 hours

  • What is MPA?
  • How might we measure MPA? (for researchers)
  • How might we detect MPA? (for clinicians and teachers)
  • How can you help a musician with MPA, if you’re not a researcher or a clinician?
  • Learn the 4 categories of MPA symptoms to help you detect severe cases.
  • Who is most at risk for developing severe MPA?
  • How does it get to be so severe, according to clinical psychology?
  • Case examples of musicians’ development of severe MPA.
  • How is severe MPA maintained, according to ACT model?
  • Return to case examples

Part Two – 3.5 hours

  •  Introduction to ACT model: Psychological Flexibility and the ACT “Hexaflex”
  • Six Hexaflex Processes that contribute to Psychological Flexibility

——— Break ——— 10 minutes ——— 

  • Applying the Hexaflex Processes:

1) Mindfulness exercise to strengthen attention

2) “Acceptance of Performance-related Thoughts and Feelings” exercise

3) Defusion techniques to cultivate “Artistic Presence”

4) “Creating a Flexible Sense of Self as a Musician” exercise

5) Identifying your performance-related values to create a “Performance Mission Statement”

6) Committed action to regularly engage with your performance-related values

  • Putting it all together: Using ACT to Treat MPA
  • Case example #1 – student violinist (Juncos & Markman, 2015)
  • Case example #2 – student vocalists (Juncos et al., 2017)
  • Case example #3 – coaching student (Shaw, Juncos, & Winter, manuscript in preparation)


Dr. David Juncos is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his Psy.D. and M.A. degrees in clinical psychology from La Salle University, and his B.A. in psychology from Vassar College.  David has wide ranging clinical experience.  He has over 10 years’ experience treating adults and teens with substance use disorders, both in individual and group IOP settings.  He also received clinical training in college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, and community mental health centers.  Currently, he works for Hornstein, Platt, and Associates, a group practice in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA.  In his role as clinical psychologist, he provides individual therapy to adults and teens ages 16+ for a variety of conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, AD/HD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and work related stress/burnout.  He also provides couples therapy and psychological testing for AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disorders, and for clients with immigration related hardship.

David considers himself a “third-wave” therapist, with extensive training in a newer, mindfulness and acceptance based therapy, i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  He also has training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

In addition to his clinical work, David has expertise in treating musicians with performance anxiety.  Specifically, he conducts research on the effectiveness of ACT as a treatment for music performance anxiety, and he sees musicians in his private practice.  He is co-authoring an ACT-based self-help book for musicians due out in 2020.  In his role as performance psychologist, he provides consultation to music faculty in the Philadelphia area on managing students’ performance anxiety and enhancing their performance skills.  He also has collaborated with Phil Towle, a renowned performance coach whose work with Metallica was featured in the 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster.  

David is an amateur musician and songwriter himself.  He performed as a vocalist/guitarist in an original rock band in Philadelphia, a guitarist/keyboardist for a cover band, a composer of electronic music, and he has performed solo at numerous open mics.  His music has been played on several Philadelphia radio stations.  He also teaches guitar and piano.

Dates, Times and Fees

Saturday 2nd May - 1pm to 6pm (UK time)

£80 (VAT exclusive)

If you would like to book a place on this course, please email danielle@voiceworkshop.co.uk.

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