ACT in New England List: February 2016

The ACT in New England List includes workshops on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and related contextual-behavioral approaches in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and occasionally in surrounding areas.


Still time to register!
Joni Altshuler and Teresa Valliere are holding a 2-day experiential workshop, Embodied ACT: Integrating body awareness into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy practice, in Portland, ME on February 25-26.  Participants will “learn to assist…clients in a method of mindful self-study that notices how their whole body organizes experiences.” The workshop will introduce an “expanded mind-body approach [that] can help clients make sense of their bodily experiences in new and flexible ways, freeing them to make different choices in the present.” For more information or to register, follow the link above or go


John Forsyth will lead a 2-day experiential workshop, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Practical Introduction in Clinical Practice, in Albany, NY on March 18-19. He will lead exercises to “highlight the integration of mindfulness and acceptance strategies (along with kindness and compassion exercises) to disarm forms of human suffering and also to promote greater clarity of values and action in the service of living well.”


Beth Eilers and Joel Guarna will lead a 1-day workshop, Good Night Insomnia: Proven strategies to help your clients get the sleep they need, in Portland, ME on May 6.  This workshop will cover a variety of CBT and ACT “best practices” and using them in a range of settings (e.g., integrated behavioral health, private practice) with various co-occurring issues (e.g, pain, addictions). Registration is not yet open but save the date! Check your email, contact me, or watch the website to know when register begins.


Today* is the deadline for submitting proposals for ACBS!
The next ACBS World Conference will be June 16-19 in Seattle.  Ready?!  (*Per the website, poster submissions will be accepted until March 15, 2016.)


Kelly Wilson will return to the Cape Cod Institute and present New Directions in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: Living the Good Life in a Stressed-Out World in Cape Cod, MA onJuly 18-22. From the workshop summary: “We will introduce methods by which every person, no matter how ill, in no matter what circumstance, can begin a steady program of harm reduction that makes more abundant living possible” and practice strategies that “can be used in any human services environment, including mental health clinics, but also workplaces, schools, and community centers.”

Monthly Meetings:


ACBS New England Chapter will have their monthly meeting and lecture on the campus of Mcleans Hospital.  Check their calendar and website for details or perhaps contact Jeff by email for details or to sign up for their regular emails.

Portland, ME

ACT Study Groups in Portland, ME meet every first Monday @ 8 am and every third Monday @ 8 am.


We have two full Therapy PracticeLab groups running since December 2015. Therapy PracticeLabs are not strictly ACT but will include a lot of ACT/Matrix/Prosocial strategies to help therapists in private practice build and develop their practices.  Read more here. If you are interested in a Therapy PracticeLab in another location (e.g., far southern Maine, seacoast NH) or online, let me know by providing your feedback here.  I am exploring this option for early 2016.

As always, you can review listings for ACT workshops in New England at the website I maintain.  If you learn of other ACT workshops not already listed, please let me know.

Be sure to check the ACBS Calendar for events around the US and worldwide.  This calendar also includes online trainings, available from anywhere.


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