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

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