ACT and EvoS, Sept 2019

 


Theme for September

Jeff Matranga recently posted this Ram Dass quote on Facebook (I shared it on the SMACT Facebook Group. If you are not a member of this FB group, please let me know!):

When I am afraid of something, I come up as close to it as possible, and I notice my resistance. I allow myself to just notice the resistance, because the resistance intensifies the fear—there’s no doubt about it. Get as close to the fear as you can, noticing the boundaries of it, just being with it, seeing it as it is. Don’t grab, don’t push it away, just notice.

Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush. (2018). Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying. (p. 3).


 

Sept 9, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month.  Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street.

Some of us will be preparing to attend the Fall Retreat and to face our own respective mortalities (among other less scary, community-building activities, I’m sure!) with much to discuss. Regardless, if you are human, this quote pertains to you.   Agenda: We will spend some time discussing the above theme while it is fresh for some of us and, hopefully, make it fresh for others. Also, I would like to revisit the topic of the relationship between therapist self-care + life balance and therapist effectiveness in the room. Fall is the season of regrouping; what are you doing right now to move in a healthy, valued direction?

Sept 20-22. SMACT Fall Retreat 2019.  LINK.

Sept 23, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street

Some of us will be fresh back from the Fall Retreat, having faced our own respective mortalities (among other less scary, community-building activities, I’m sure!) with much to discuss. Regardless, if you are human, this quote pertains to you.   Agenda: We will spend some time discussing the above theme while it is fresh for some of us and, hopefully, make it fresh for others.  We will also discuss a variety of issues related to the future of the group–anticipating some comings and goings and changes to the focus of the group.  Be sure to show up and share your preferences!

ACT Peer Consultation Group (Sept 20)
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Due to participants’ impending departure for the Fall Retreat later that day. We will NOT meet in September. See you in October!   Usual location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (Please contact us if you will be attending for a first time.)

EvoS Book Club (Sept 25)
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Group will NOT meet in September. See you in October!

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SMACT Fall Retreat 2019

Sixth Annual Southern Maine ACT (SMACT) Fall Retreat

Sept 20-22, 2019
Cushing Island, Portland, Maine
8 CEs (will be submitted to relevant boards and pending approval)

Schedule (pending) | Example: Sample schedule from 2017

Register here!  (If interested in a scholarship, read Scholarships sections below.)

Members of the Southern Maine ACT community (SMACT, i.e., current or recent past participants in the ACT Peer Consultation Group or ACT Study Groups) are invited to join an experiential ACT weekend on Cushing Island sponsored and facilitated by our membership. The weekend has multiple purposes: Learn about ACT and have a first-person experience of ACT, share our collective wisdom, gain experience leading a discussion or workshop, connect with one another and build our community, and engage in self-care. We will do this on two levels – as clinicians and as participants – so you are invited to take both intellectual and personal perspectives. There will be a variety of topics, and all will weave into the development of 6 major processes of psychological flexibility.

For 2019, we will have a special guest!  Gina Colombatto, who runs the local Death Cafe in Portland, visited the First Mondays ACT Study Group back in May of this year. She facilitated a discussion on “the fine art of living and dying” that was very well received. Gina will facilitate one of the two offerings on Saturday along similar themes (title TBD).

We are currently assembling the curriculum for the weekend. Please consider volunteering to present one of the other three offerings. Our generous presenters are confirmed! Thank you for volunteering!  Specific wording for this year’s theme is being developed but will generally be in the broad domain of “the ACT of living and dying” or “living and dying every day.” Please contact Joel Guarna (joel.whitepine@gmail.com) or Teresa Valliere with any ideas, no matter how general (207-233-9276 or tvallier@maine.rr.com).

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ACT and EvoS, August 2019

Aug 12, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month.  Due to scheduling conflicts, group will meet the 2nd Monday in August.  Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD, please check back

Aug 16, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Agenda: TBD, Bring a case. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (Please contact us if you will be attending for a first time.)

Aug 26, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD, please check back

Aug 28, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: TBD

 

ACT and EvoS, June 2019

To review the full re-worked summer schedule for study groups, please visit this page (also accessible from the link bar/menu above).

**Please note: The SMACT Fall Retreat has been scheduled for the weekend of September 20-22. Save the date!**

June 3, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month.  Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Process last month’s visit by special guest Gina Colombatto will discuss her work with topics related to death and dying, “the fine art of living and dying,” and her facilitation of the local Death Cafe.

June 17, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. Due to scheduling complications, group will meet the THIRD Monday of June. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Tentative topic will be Tim Gordon’s “choice point” concept (watch for email from Mindy).

June 19, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Location: This month we will be meeting at Lori’s house. Agenda: Beth Eilers will share a podcast recommendation for us all to hear and discuss at this meeting. Please watch for an email to confirm agenda and with details about location.

June 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Agenda: Bring a case. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (Please contact us if you will be attending for a first time.)

——July 2019——

July 8, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month.  Due to scheduling conflicts, group will meet the 2nd Monday in July. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD, please check back

July 19, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Agenda: TBD, Bring a case. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (Please contact us if you will be attending for a first time.)

July 22, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD, please check back

July 24?, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Date not yet confirmed. Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: TBD

 

ACT and EvoS, May 2019

May 6, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month.  Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Special guest Gina Colombatto will discuss her work with topics related to death and dying, “the fine art of living and dying,” and her facilitation of the local Death Cafe.

May 17, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Agenda: Spring re-group and bring a case. We will probably spend a few minutes anticipating and planning for the Fall Retreat 2019. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

May 20, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, group will meet the THIRD Monday of May. Location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Tentative topic will be Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign. Please listen to this episode of Invisibilia in preparation for the meeting.

May 22, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: Spring re-group!  Please listen to this podcast episode on The Evolution of Culture and come prepared to discuss. If you are game, I propose you tag the specific location (time) in the discussion where an interesting exchange occurs or an intriguing point is made. We can share some of these, ideally <10 min clips, and discuss.

ACT and Evos, April 2019

April 1, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Prep for upcoming meeting on “the fine art of living and dying.”

April 19, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. After being off for March, we will reconvene on April 19. Agenda: TBD. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

April 22, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: Mindy & Monique will bring an ACT video to process.

April 24?, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: TBD

ACT and Evos, Feb-March 2019

Feb 4, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD

Feb 15, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Agenda: ACT with Health Conditions, focus on cardiac health. Amy will present a case. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

Feb 25, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street.

In February, we discussed a wide range of themes and possible foci for our meetings in 2019, including;

  • Stuck patterns (ours and our clients’) and relapse into old patterns. Can we unstick ourselves and, in the process, become sufficiently familiar with that terrain to also help others?
  • Power of the environment (and network of contingencies–cues, reinforcements and punishments, i.e., the context) on choice and “free will”. Can we help people rearrange their contexts in a more robust and effective way to enable change (vs. changing some invisible internal “thing” like will or motivation)?\
  • Increasing awareness and skill in shaping behavior (ours and others’) in the room, i.e., importing concepts and practices from clinical behavior analysis to maximize our effectiveness in helping others during our brief time with them.
  • Experiential exercises–on the fly and planned. How do we break out of our own rigid patterns and practices (e.g., sitting and talking for 45 minutes) to model flexibility and encourage it in others?
  • Keepin’ it concrete. How do we keep our feet on the ground and discuss and practice practical interventions that we can use with ourselves and our patients NOW.
  • Cases. In the midst of our busyness, we need to make sure our time spent together has some meaningful and immediate return on the investment of time (to justify our doing it). Creating a useful space to discuss and process cases.

Agenda: (a) Read the article on relapse and reinforcing behavior patterns shared by Mindy (check email from just after our last meeting). (b) Bring a case and consider how it relates to one or more of the above themes. Sounds like attendance may be light in February so all the more important that you show up rarin’ to go!

Feb 27, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: Chapters 12 and 13 of “Evolution in contextual behavioral science.”


Mar 4, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: (a) Watch the full version or short version of the David Foster Wallace commencement speech mentioned at last meeting and come prepared to discuss its relevance to your life, your practice, and the people you strive the help. (b) We will continue the theme of integrating personal grown (of us as helpers) and how it intertwines with supporting the growth of others (our clients or patients).

Mar 15, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Group usually meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. NO MEETING THIS MONTH. We will reconvene on April 19. Agenda: TBD. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

Mar 25, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month. New location: The Cumberland Club. Parking in back off Spring Street. Agenda: TBD

Mar 27, 6 pm+.  EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Agenda: TBD