ACT Peer Consultation Group, September 19

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, September 19 @ 8-9:30 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.

Coordinator:  Teresa (thanks!)

The September meeting will be back to our usual location in the MMC-Family Practice conference room.


  1. Welcome to guests and new members, introductions.
  2. Brief Mindfulness Exercise.  A brave volunteer will lead the group through a short mindfulness exercise.
  3. Topic:  Cushing Island Retreat.  Brief discussion about the recent Cushing Island Retreat by members of the Peer group who attended.
  4. Fall Planning: Prosocial Project.   I (Joel) have mentioned several times in recent months that I am interested in conducting a Prosocial intervention with the group. The Prosocial Project is a fascinating application of both contextual behavioral science (using ACT principles and the Matrix as a specific tool, working with groups) and evolution science, outside the usual context of our offices and clinics.  Others have expressed interest in the topic and I have received positive responses to the idea.  To be clear: I am not proposing to PRESENT ON this topic, but to DO an actual Prosocial intervention with the group. I hope it will be beneficial to the group’s overall process and that it can double as an experiential introduction to the Prosocial Project for those who may want to become more involved with it.  I am glad to follow-up in a subsequent meeting to talk more about it and provide some education if folks want that.  My request is this:  I am asking the group to spend a few minutes to discuss the idea of participating in a Prosocial intervention, led by me, during the October 17th ACT Peer Consultation Group meeting and to participate in some follow-up after October. While I expect this to be of value to me and to others interested in Prosocial, I want to make sure the group as a whole finds this to be of sufficient interest and value to dedicate one of our meetings doing this.  In other words, I will proceed with this only if the group as a whole believes it to be a good use of our time.  If the group agrees this is a good use of our time, I will make arrangements and proceed. That will serve as our agenda for October (it will take the whole meeting).  If not, I will put this off to revisit at a later date.
  5. Case Presentations.  Please be sure to bring a case or clinical situation to present to the group for feedback and discussion.  Based on past experiences, we will probably get to 1-2 cases with the remainder of the group time.
  6. Resources:  If you have not already seen it, please view the Prosocial intro video before the meeting.
  7. Planning.  See # 3 above.  If the group does not agree that the Prosocial intervention is  a good use of group time, please spent a few minutes near the end to set an agenda for November.