ACT and EvoS, June 2019

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**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

 

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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

ACT and EvoS, Nov-Dec 2018

Nov 12, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month (hence the name). However, due to a schedule conflict, we will meet the SECOND Monday in November. Agenda: Self-as-Context chapter and discussion led by Bryan. We will resume meeting on first Mondays in December: Dec 3.

Nov 16, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: TBD. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

Nov 19, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month (hence the name). However, due to travel/holiday/schedule conflicts, we will meet the THIRD Monday in November and December. Agenda: TBD

EvoS Book Club
Group is “on hold” and not meeting again until after the New Year. Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday @ 6 pm.  Agenda: Read the remainder of “Breaking the Spell” by Dennett on your own! Discuss with anyone who will listen to you.


Dec 3, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 1st Monday of each month (hence the name). Agenda: TBD

Dec 17, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month (hence the name). However, due to travel/holiday/schedule conflicts, we will meet the THIRD Monday in  December. Agenda: TBD

Dec 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: TBD. Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

EvoS Book Club
Group is “on hold” and not meeting again until after the New Year. Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday @ 6 pm.  Agenda: “Breaking the Spell” by Dennett makes a lovely holiday gift. Give it to your family, read it, and force them to discuss it with for some high quality family bonding time.

ACT and Evos, Oct 2018

Oct 1, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Montreal ACBS Debrief; SMACT Fall Retreat Debrief

Oct 19, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: Bring Your Own Case (BYOC). Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

Oct 22, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Mindy and Monique will present a shared case.

Oct 24, 6pm+. EvoS Book Club
TBD; check back for updates. Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday.  Agenda: Read through Chapter 9 of “Breaking the Spell” by Dennett.

 

ACT and EvoS, Sept 2018

Sept 10, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
We will resume on the SECOND Monday of September (due to Labor Day). Agenda: Present Moment Awareness by Curt; Lisa will serve as backup. We will resume meeting on first Mondays in October : Oct 1.

Sept 12, 6pm+. EvoS Book Club
Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday, moved this month to avoid the Retreat and other conflicts.  Agenda: Part 2 of “Breaking the Spell” by Dennett.

Sept 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: Bring Your Own Case (BYOC). Location: MMP-Family Practice @ 272 Congress St. (please contact us if you will be attending for a first time).

Sept 24, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Check back to confirm this meeting. Agenda: TBD

September 28-30. SMACT Fall Retreat. Click here for details or scroll to next post.
Note: Yes, we HAVE met the minimum number of registrants to hold the retreat. The full agenda continues to be developed. In the meantime, register ASAP so we can a useful estimate of numbers for planning.