ACT, EvoS and PracticeLab in April 2016

April 4, 8-9:30 am.  First Mondays ACT Study Group
Agenda:   Steve Hayes’s TED talk and discussion.

April 8, 9-10:30 am.  2nd Fridays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda emailed directly (in RECAP meeting notes). Follow-up on the scrum focusing on Beth’s efforts to cultivate a niche in helping clients improve their sleep, including parlaying opportunities from the upcoming workshop (see bottom). Data redux. Using social media to generate online presence and referrals.

April 13, 8-9:30 am.  2nd Wednesdays Therapy PracticeLab
Agenda emailed directly (in RECAP meeting notes). Tour of Google Communities and members’ online social media presence.  We will explore how to use Facebook Pages, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, and related tools.

April 11, 8-9:30 am.  Third Mondays ACT Study Group

Due to the school vacation schedule, we moved the Third Mondays ACT Study Group to the SECOND Monday this month.  If you cannot attend this meeting, see listing for April 18, below. Agenda: We will again put Learning ACT on hold for this meeting and resume our study in May.  For April, we will revisit themes from last meeting.  We will plan to watch the Steve Hayes TED talk and discuss.  Mindy will share her experiences from the Boot Camp and we will discuss experiential training in ACT.

April 15, 8-9:30 am.  ACT Peer Consultation Group

Location: MMC Family Practice Clinic (272 Congress St). Topics: Boot Camp report by Mindy.  Mindy will share some highlights from her recent participation at the Boot Camp and engage us in discussion and perhaps an experiential exercise or case discussion (?).  Preview: In May, Beth Kubik will present on “Parenting Anxious Kids: How to Help Your Worried Child Become More Courageous and Independent.” Check back for details.

April 18, 8-9:30 am.   

No meeting

April 20, 6 pm-?  Evolution Science & Behavior Study Group

The EvoS Group usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Due to a schedule conflict, we will meet on April 20th this month. In March, we started reading and discussing The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley. Please purchase the book (if you have not already) and read the Epilogue and chapter 4 in preparation for the meeting. Teresa will give a summary.  Also, if you get a chance, listen to this interview with Ridley (thanks for sharing this, Monique). After food and book discussion, we will watch part 3 of the video, Buddha’s Brain.

Coming Soon: May 6th!

Good Night, Insomnia
Proven Strategies to Help Your Clients Get the Sleep They Need
with Beth Eilers and Joel Guarna


We all have clients who are struggling with poor sleep and insomnia. One-third of Americans report suffering with insomnia during any given year. Poor sleep and insomnia can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Left to solve their own sleeplessness, clients often resort to over-the-counter and prescribed sleep medications. Unfortunately, these medications are often habit-forming, have troubling side effects, and merely mask the symptoms of sleeplessness rather than treat the underlying problems.

Behavioral health professionals have an opportunity to steer their clients toward better, more natural sleep, and improved overall health. A variety of behavioral approaches have been proven effective in treating insomnia. However, many clinicians lack the training and confidence to work effectively with these issues.

This workshop will explore behavioral treatments for insomnia. We will compare and contrast approaches based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with an emphasis on the latter. We will demonstrate and practice a variety of strategies and exercises. This training will give you an understanding of the science of sleep, various and flexible tools to use with your clients, and a workable practice to add to your own self-care regimen.

Members of the Southern Maine ACT Community* can receive the lowest possible rate ($99 vs. full registration price of $140) by completing a  5 minute survey and registering during the Early Registration period (by April 1).

All others may register here.

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*Members of the Southern Maine ACT Community include anyone who (semi)regularly attends the ACT Peer Consultation Group, one of the ACT Study Groups or EvoS Book Club, or has attended one of the annual retreats.

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