Evolution Science & Behavior Study Group: March 2014

The Evolution Science & Behavior Study Group (EvoS)
will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month @ 6 pm.

Teresa Valliere and I (Joel Guarna) will be coordinating this group.

Next: Wednesday, March 26 @ 6 pm
Location: Great Lost Bear on Forest Ave in Portland

1. Welcomes!
2. Food!
3. Evolution for Everyone by David Sloan Wilson.  Last month we read chapters 1-3.  I don’t think we specified how many chapters to read for month two.  How about chapters 4-7?
4.  If you are biting at the bit and want a preview of where we might go with this study group, check out the previous post for Feb 2014 and follow links to some audio interviews with David Sloan Wilson or visit the EvoS page on this blog for some additional resources and videos.  If you are interested in the interplay of EvoS and ACT as applied to groups, check out this video conversation between David Sloan Wilson and Steven Hayes on the Prosocial project.

If you want to join us but haven’t already confirmed with Teresa or me, please let us know with a quick email.

Hope to see you there.

ACT Peer Consultation Group, Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 8 am

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Peer Consultation Group
Portland, Maine

The ACT Peer Consultation Group meets on the third Friday of each month.
Next: Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 8 am

If you have not previously attended this group but are a mental health or healthcare professional and would like to participate, please contact me first.


  1. Welcome to guests and new members, introductions.
  2. Brief Mindfulness Exercise.  Joel will lead an exercise this month.
  3. Topic:  Case consultations.  Bring a few cases or clinical situations to process with the group.
  4. Resources:  n/a
  5. Planning.  We will spend a few minutes near the end to plan future meetings.

ACT Study Groups, March 2014

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Study Groups
Portland, Maine
Led by Joel Guarna, PhD

1st Mondays ACT Study Group
Next meeting will be March 3, 2014 @ 8 am


  1. Our discussion will focus on Brief Interventions for Radical Change by Strosahl et al. this month.   Please plan to read through the final chapters of the book by our next group meeting.
  2. Let’s get back to discussion of cases.  It might be useful to pick a case of yours and conceptualize it in comparison to the cases discussed in the final chapters of the Strosahl et al. book.  Plan to bring a case to discuss.  We will likely get to at least a couple of them on March 3.
  3. As we approach the end of the Radical Change book, consider what topics and formats you would like use going forward.  Another book?  More case consultation?  Specific trainings on certain ACT topics?

1st Wednesdays ACT Study Group remains *on hold* and in re-grouping mode until we have sufficient numbers to resume.  Let me know if you are interested in “seeding” this group (the Monday group is full and has a waiting list).