ACT Study Group, Feb 2015

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

Learn about the ACT Study Group format

1st Mondays ACT Study Group
Next meeting will be Feb 2, 2015 @ 8 am-9:30 am

  1. Please read chapters 1-2 of “The ACT Matrix: A New Approach to Building Psychological Flexibility Across Settings and Populations” by Kevin L. Polk PhD (Editor) and Benjamin Schoendorff MA MSc (Editor).
  2. We will determine a plan for how to proceed with the book into the spring, probably using the format already tested in the EvoS Study Group.
  3. Review how members of the group are using ACT in their various practices and settings.

ACT for Chronic Pain & Medical Issues

Moving Whole People Toward Health
Led by Joel Guarna, PhD

Portland, ME
March 27, 2015
8:30 am to 4:15 pm

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This Workshop
Patients with chronic pain and medical issues are often clinically complex, sometimes presenting with multiple emotional and behavioral concerns and problematic relationships with addictive substances. Our fragmented healthcare system often fails these patients. Models for treating whole persons with their multiple concerns are needed. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) provides one such model.

Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce participants to the ACT model and its application with these clinical concerns. Attendees will leave this training with a basic understanding of ACT approaches to therapy, use of the Matrix as a clinical tool, and with specific skills they can employ immediately.

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Experiencing ACT

A Two-day Hands-on Workshop
Feb 5-6 2015
Portland, ME
Led by Joel Guarna, PhD and Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS
Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this two-day 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.
About ACT
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a contemporary form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that has shown much promise in helping clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. ACT introduces a comprehensive model of change including a creative set of metaphors and experiential exercises to help clients (a) move away from unworkable change strategies, (b) make healthy contact with thoughts, feelings, and other private reactions they have feared and avoided, (c) re-connect with their deepest values to set a direction for change and to motivate change, and (d) experience their struggles differently and in a manner that permits them to move forward with their lives now.