Fourth Annual Southern Maine ACT (SMACT) Fall Retreat

Sept 22-23, 2017photo (14)
Cushing Island, Portland, Maine
8? CEs (pending)

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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 an 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.

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ACT and EvoS, July 2017

July 10, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Date moved to avoid the July 4th holiday.  Agenda: Pending

July 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Last book study meeting before the workshop in August!  Agenda: Continue reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson (in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer). For the July meeting, we will review and discuss chapters 7 and 8. Link to spreadsheet.  Note: No meeting in August due to the Kelly Wilson workshop.

July 24, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: TBD

July 26, 2017, 6pm-?  EvoS Book Club. 
Agenda: TBD

ACT & EvoS in May-June 2017

May 1, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Continue in-group practice with the Portland Model.

May 19, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: Continue reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson (in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer). For the May meeting, we will review and discuss chapters 3 and 4 (since we did not use our usual format in April). Please see this page and notice the several tabs to review the anticipated format. Please also note that we will need volunteers for the various roles, especially someone to do a 5 minute mindfulness exercise and someone to do an exercise from the chapters. If you are willing to fulfill one of these roles, please contact Julie, who will be facilitating.

May 22, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Reboot!  Attendance has fluctuated in recent months and there has been some discussion across both study groups about the various ways we could configure the groups. In particular, we will revisit our use of the Portland Model, some folks’ ambivalence about its use, and where it should fit in our group process and content relative to other activities and needs. This meeting will set the direction and tone for future meetings–please be sure to attend!

May 24, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Read and discuss Chapter 3 of Angels and Ages (back to Lincoln).

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June 5, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Reboot! Attendance has fluctuated in recent months and there has been some discussion across both study groups about the various ways we could configure the groups. In particular, we will revisit our use of the Portland Model, some folks’ ambivalence about its use, and where it should fit in our group process and content relative to other activities and needs. This meeting will set the direction and tone for future meetings–please be sure to attend! (Reminder that our July meeting will be 7/10 to avoid the holiday.)

June 8, 7 pm-?  SMACT Fall Retreat Planning Meeting
Confirmed date/time per Doodle poll. Location: Joel’s office @ 25 Middle St, 3rd Floor. 

 June 16, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: Continue reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson (in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer). For the June meeting, we will review and discuss chapters 5 and 6. Link to spreadsheet.

June 26, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: TBD

June 28, 6 pm?  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Read and discuss Chapter 4 of Angels and Ages.

ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, April 2017

**Please note EXTRA learning opportunity on Friday, April 7th**

April 3, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Continue in-group practice with the Portland Model.

April 7, 3:30-5:00 pm **Special Event**
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy For Groups
Presenter: Renee Hoekstra, PsyD (link)
Location: MMC Dana Center, Classroom #4, 66 Bramhall St, Portland, ME 04102
No charge | If planning to attend, please RSVP to Mindy
Event page to share | Downloadable/Printable Flyer
Description: Introducing FAP encourages clients to consider how in-group behaviors are directly related to their current pain, and how awareness of these behaviors can evoke multiple opportunities for growth and change. FAP enhanced assignments maximize group cohesion and encourage in-group improvements. This presentation offers clinicians ways to flexibly implement FAP into current groups, set up groups with in-session targets in mind, and pre-screen clients to get them on board with group treatment. Group leaders will also be encouraged to consider what their groups need, what it will take to get them there, and what options need to be created to encourage growth and clinical improvements.
Some attendees will be having dinner with Renee @ Sebago’s in Portland @ 5:30 pm. If you plan to attend the event and/or dinner, please RSVP to Mindy

April 14, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda: Winding down and processing end of the PracticeLab series. Next? steps

April 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
The ACT Peer Consult Group meets the third Friday of each month.  Agenda: Tentatively plans are for Kelly Wilson to join us from 8-9:00 am.  We will need to bump some of our usual structure and process for this.  Please plan to read chapters 3 and 4 and come with questions prepared.

April 24, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Resume in-group practice with the Portland Model.

April 26, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Last month’s meeting was canceled. Tentative plans are to resume where we left off: Read and discuss Chapter 2 of Angels and Ages on Charles Darwin.

ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, March 2017

**Please note EXTRA learning opportunity on Friday, April 7th, listed at bottom**

Mar 6, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Continue in-group practice with the Portland Model.

Mar 10, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda: Check-in (personal x professional), select agenda items, problem-solving and brainstorming exercises on specific issues that arise.

Mar 17, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
The ACT Peer Consult Group meets the third Friday of each month.  Agenda: Starting in February, we began reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer). We established a format, determined roles, and planned for upcoming months,  For the March meeting, we will review and discuss chapters 1 and 2. Please see this page and notice the several tabs to review the anticipated format. Please contact a member with an active role (listed) if you have any questions (sadly, I will be missing this month due to having an all-day workshop in Lewiston).

Mar 22, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Last month, we agreed to start Angels and Ages.  This month, we will read and discuss Chapter 2 on Charles Darwin.

Mar 27, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Resume in-group practice with the Portland Model.


Extra!
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy For Groups
Presenter: Renee Hoekstra, PsyD (link)
Friday, April 7, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Location: MMC Dana Center, Classroom #4, 66 Bramhall St, Portland, ME 04102
No charge | If planning to attend, please RSVP to Mindy
Event page to share
Downloadable/Printable Flyer

Description: Introducing FAP encourages clients to consider how in-group behaviors are directly related to their current pain, and how awareness of these behaviors can evoke multiple opportunities for growth and change. FAP enhanced assignments maximize group cohesion and encourage in-group improvements. This presentation offers clinicians ways to flexibly implement FAP into current groups, set up groups with in-session targets in mind, and pre-screen clients to get them on board with group treatment. Group leaders will also be encouraged to consider what their groups need, what it will take to get them there, and what options need to be created to encourage growth and clinical improvements.

ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, Feb 2017

Feb 6, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Continue in-group practice with the Portland Model.

Feb 10, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda: Follow-up on last month’s exercises (practice mandala/collage). Follow-up on recent scrums/projects. Planning for spring 2017. We will continue to constrain time on discussion of the “nuts and bolts” of running our practices and emphasize instead innovation and growing and maintaining a meaningful and vital practice.

Feb 15, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Last month, we agreed to start Angels and Ages.  Please get the book and read the Intro and Chapter 1 for our next meeting.

Feb 17, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
The ACT Peer Consult Group meets the third Friday of each month.  Agenda: Starting in February, we will begin reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer (see listing @ bottom). We expect to have additional attendees and a a few folks calling in remotely.  If you need to call in remotely, be sure to contact me directly (joel.whitepine@gmail.com) to be on the list to receive the call-in number and code.  Read the prolog and, if possible, chapter 1. If you are waiting for the book to arrive, just plan to listen in this month.

Feb 27, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Resume in-group practice with the Portland Model.

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Other Events: 

The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT: Mastering Present and Powerful Client Connections in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Portland, ME
Led by Kelly Wilson, PhD
August 18-19, 2017
Use the discount code SMACT when you register to save an additional $50 off.
If you are a regular member of the Peer Group, Study Group, or EvoS, we will be coordinating a group registration to avail ourselves of the 20% group rate discount. This will happen in the next week or two: please let me know if you want to participate in this.

 

Experiencing ACT: A Two-day Hands-on Workshop

With Joel Guarna and Teresa Valliere

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This Workshop
Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will delve into the ACT model and its application with a wide range of clinical concerns. A variety of ACT strategies, exercises, and metaphors will be demonstrated and practiced and later unpacked in our discussion. You will leave this training with a better understanding of ACT approaches to therapy, use of the Matrix and other exercises as clinical tools, and with specific skills you can employ immediately.  

This workshop will be highly experiential. We plan to use a variety of exercises to give you a true taste of using ACT for yourself and with others. These exercises will encourage you to encounter the six ACT core processes directly with personal challenges you experience as a person and a helper (therapist, healthcare worker, etc.) and to role-play the types of challenges your clients or patients bring to you for help. You will experience ACT “from the inside” and get your hands dirty using ACT metaphors and exercises. Many of these exercises have been used in past workshops and were well-received by other participants. This will not be a “sit back and listen” lecture.

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