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.

 

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Experiencing ACT: A Two-day Hands-on Workshop

With Joel Guarna and Teresa Valliere

Printable flyer for this workshop
More info and Registration

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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ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, Jan 2017

Jan 9, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
This group usually meets on the first Monday of each month.  Due to the New Years holiday, group was moved to 1/9. Sorry for any confusion on my part.  Agenda: Follow-up on last month’s discussion of roles in the Portland Model and walk through a first run with the model.  For next session:

  1. Everyone will reread the full article just before our next meeting, including Individual commitments and ID their own individual commitment.
  2. Carolee agreed to trim the meeting outline down to fit our 90 min time frame.
  3. We assigned roles for next session; see article for the key to the roles

See this page for details about roles and other agenda items.

Jan 13, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:

  • New Year! Business of Practice Focusing/Priorities Exercise(s)
  • Follow-up on Scrum: How is Dawn’s project going?
  • Follow-up on Joni’s project
  • Follow-up on “warm hand-off” experiment. How has the experience gone (from referrers and those receiving the referrals)?
  • Agenda-setting for spring

Jan 20, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
The ACT Peer Consult Group meets the third Friday of each month.  Agenda:

  • Introductions and announcements (I will have additional announcements about the August 2017 Kelly Wilson workshop when I arrive late).
  • Prep for February book study and having some guests and a larger group. Starting in February, we will begin reading and discussing Mindfulness for Two by Kelly Wilson in anticipation of his workshop in Portland this summer.
  • Steve will report on his recent pain workshop and share some new ideas to discuss.

Jan 23, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: In December, we conducted our trial run of the Portland Model.  Thanks to Leah, Mindy, Monique, and Kim for being bold and stepping into the crucible.  I think it went very well and clearly illustrated the value of this exercise.  In January, we will likely welcome a new member to the group and return to the PM exercise.  Tracy is tentatively scheduled to be the Skill Builder; other roles to be set on 1/23.

Jan 25, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Last month, we offered a hearty “thank you” to Charles Darwin for writing Origin… but decided we had neither the will nor the inclination to muscle through the rest of it. (Sorry, Chuck. It’s us, it’s not you. We’ll always love you….) We had some good contenders for a next book including The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker, which Teresa is currently enjoying, and Angels and Ages, which I really loved (I also mentioned What Technology Wants, a curious book I just finished via Audible). Instead of choosing another text, the group’s focus continued its meandering evolution, drifting further down the cultural/tech evolution path back to AI. We watched an episode of Westworld (link; you can watch the first episode for free even if you do not get HBO) and discussed plans to proceed with more discussion about AI and its implications. Participants are encouraged to watch a few episodes of Westworld on HBO if you have access. Present members (Beth?) may compile an article or talk on AI to round out the experience for January.

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Other Events: 

Feb 2-3. Experiencing ACT: A Two-Day, Hands-0n Workshop with Joel Guarna and Teresa Valliere.  This workshop is for beginners and intermediate level ACT practitioners. This workshop is ideal for anyone who knows about ACT and is eager to learn more and to deepen their proficiency with ACT. Some (at least minimal) prior exposure to ACT or personal reading on ACT is preferred. Read more or register.  Printable flyer for this workshop.
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ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, Nov 2016

Please note that I have moved our website to http://www.smact.me

I also updated http://www.ACTinNewEngland.com with a new look/format that will make it easier to maintain.  Please note new workshop listings including Teresa this December and a 2-day workshop with Joel & Teresa in February 2017.

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Nov 7, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Follow-up on last month’s discussion. Shift to discussion of article on the Portland Model and steps toward implementing some new routines in the group.

Nov 9, 6 pm.  SMACT Organizational Meeting. Location: Teresa’s office, 57 Revere St. Please come and participate in the next phase of formally organizing ourselves as a nonprofit organization.
Agenda:
1) Establish mission
2) Elect officers /assign roles
3) Brainstorm ideas for the organization
We will do this potluck style. Please look for an email about this meeting and reply with a dish to bring.

Nov 11, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:  Merger day!  We will officially combine the two PracticeLab groups, do intros and orientation, and get back to work developing our practices.

Nov 16, 6 pm.  Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month but will meet on Nov 16 this month due to conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.  Agenda: After 1.5 years of good books (e.g., Evolution for Everyone by DS Wilson; Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson), documentaries (e.g., Guns, Germs and Steel by J. Diamond; Buddha’s Brain), TED talks and other miscellaneous bits, the group has decided to go “old school” and tackle The Source, a.k.a., Darwin’s Origin of Species. Please purchase the book and read the first several chapters.  You should be able to find it easily, used, or otherwise cheap (I notice you can even download free e-book and pdf copies online).

Nov 18, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Mindy will coordinate a leaner version of our usual meeting. Please contact her with questions or to add agenda items. Agenda: Case consultation and open discussion.

Nov 28, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Follow-up on article about the Portland Model. Discuss members’ reactions to the experiential exercise of sitting with each item from page 146 (values, agreements, commitments).  Come prepared to craft our own such list, draft a framework for starting practice with the model, and commit to a role.  Launch time is coming!

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Other Events: 
Nov 18. Treating Chronic Pain: Evolving Models of Care with Joel Guarna, PhD and Stephen Hull, MD. Maine Psychological Association (MePA) Fall Conference. Location: USM, Glickman Library.
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Miscellaneous:  If you have not already added your name and contact info to the regional database of ACT therapists, please provide that info here and we will make sure it gets listed.

ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, October 2016

Oct 3, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Welcome new member, check-in, process recent SMACT retreat, regroup and plan for the Fall.
Oct 12, 8-9:30 am. 2nd Wednesdays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda: Restructure and plans for remaining months in 2016.
Oct 14, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda: Restructure and plans for remaining months in 2016.
Oct 21, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
Agenda: Reflect on the recent SMACT retreat.  Fall planning.  Bring a case to discuss.
Oct 24, 8-9:30 am. Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
As of September, the group will be meeting on the 4th Monday of each month (to help us dodge several Monday holidays), with exception of December. Agenda: Katie will review the Committed Action chapter from the Luoma et al. book.  We then turn our attention to the Portland Model (please read article sent to you via email) and we will discuss its implementation in November.
Oct 26, 6 pm-? Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Date pending; please check back. Agenda: Chapter 9 of “Evolution of Everything” by M. Ridley (discussion led by Teresa).

ACT, EvoS and PracticeLab, Sept 2016

Sept 5, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
**NO MEETING in SEPTEMBER.**  Group will NOT meet in September due to ts proximity to (a) Labor Day and (b) the Fall Retreat. We are expecting at least one new group member by October.

Sept 9, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:  pending, check back

Sept 9-11. Fall Retreat
3rd annual SMACT Fall Retreat! Everything you need to know can be found here.  Other questions? Contact Teresa.  ** For those leading “offerings” for the retreat: Read more about these requirements and see examples on the bottom of the Fall Retreat page.**

Sept 14, 8-9:30 am. 2nd Wednesdays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:  pending, check back

Sept 16, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
**NO MEETING in SEPTEMBER.**  Due to proximity to the Fall Retreat (September), peer group will NOT meet in September.  We will regroup in October!

Sept 26, 8-9:30 am. Third Fourth Mondays ACT Study Group
Note: As of this month (September), the group will be meeting on the 4th Monday of each month (to help us dodge several Monday holidays), with exception of December (back to 3rd to avoid Xmas).  Agenda: pending, check back

Sept 28, 6 pm-? Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Agenda: Teresa will review chapter 9 of “Evolution of Everything” by M. Ridley.  Pizza: Joel. Salad: Sarah. See you there!

ACT, EvoS, and PracticeLab, August+ 2016

Aug 1, 8-9:30 am. First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Check-in. Retreat updates and planning. Case discussion (bring one!). Regrouping for the fall. Group will NOT meet in September due to its proximity to (a) Labor Day and (b) the Fall Retreat. We are expecting at least one new group member by October.

Aug 10, 8-9:30 am. 2nd Wednesdays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:  pending, check back

Aug 12, 9-10:30 am. 2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda:  pending, check back

Aug 15, 8-9:30 am. Third Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda: Mindy will review and lead discussion on chapter 6 (Values) in Learning ACT.  Note: The group will be meeting on the 4th Monday of each month starting in September (to help us dodge several Monday holidays; watch for the name change).

Aug 19, 8-9:30 am. ACT Peer Consultation Group
**NO MEETING in AUGUST or SEPTEMBER.**
Due to summer scheduling conflicts (August) and proximity to the Fall Retreat (September), peer group will NOT meet in August or September.  Sorry for the unprecedented double-cancel.  We will regroup in October!

Aug 31, 6 pm-? Evolution Science & Behavior Book Club
The EvoS Book Club usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Due to schedule conflicts, in August we will be meeting on 8/31.  Agenda: Chapter 8 of “Evolution of Everything” by M. Ridley.