2022 Needs Assessment Survey:
The OACBS Board sent out a survey in October of 2022 to assess member’s needs and desires to engage in activities with each other. The survey items were based on the SIG Activities and Chapter Events page listed on the ACBS website in combination with ideas identified by Board Members. Respondents (N=16) indicated a desire for brief, online training in ACT. There was some interest in being a part of an online reading group, Facebook group, and an in-person social networking event. Respondents did not appear to desire an at least bi-weekly online consultation group and almost all did not want to participate in an online committee focused on legislative activism.
The OACBS Board will be contacting those who provided their contact information for online reading groups and will consider how to meet other items on the survey in the context of time commitments and avoiding duplication of efforts (e.g., OACBS providing a training that is already offered in the greater ACBS community). Stay tuned for more to come!
ACBS World Conference 2023
2023 ACBS World Conference
The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in, among other modalities, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as experienced trainers to lead experiential workshops so that you can learn how to better serve your clients. Registration is now open!
Keep an eye out for OACBS table or events!
This year, the ACBS world conference will be held in-person in Nicosia, Cyprus, from July 26-28, 2023. You can sign up for updates about the conference here: https://contextualscience.org/webform/register_your_interest_in_the_acbs_world_conference_2023
For more information: https://contextualscience.org/wc2023
There are also Pre-Conference Workshops taking place virtually and in-person. The virtual pre-conference workshops will be on 6/24/23-6/25/23 and will be offered in various time zones to accommodate presenters and attendees. The in-person pre-conference workshops will be on 7/24/23-7/25-23 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets
- New ACBS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Recruits for Volunteers to Participate. ACBS is an organization of people from a diverse range of professional and cultural groups, and growing fast. In collaboration with JEDI consultants, ACBS began a new project in September of this year to proactively assess and address obstacles to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). ACBS is asking for individuals to volunteer to work alongside their consultants throughout the project. If you want to participate, complete the volunteer webform here: https://contextualscience.org/webform/justice_equity_diversity_and_inclusion_volunteer_form
For more information about this exciting project, please visit:
- New AsiaFlex Dialogue and Exchange virtual meeting series. The ACBS Asian Culture and CBS SIG Committee is hosting a series of six meetings that are held online once a month from October 2022 to March 2023. During these meetings, facilitators will guide the group to promote learning and sharing of ACT and CBS clinical skills and research with a special interest in Asian cultures. Each meeting will have a focus on one ACT core process (e.g. defusion, acceptance). Prof. Kenneth Fung, ACBS Fellow, will preside over the meetings.
Although two meetings have already occurred, there are still four more meetings scheduled:
January 13, 2023
February 10, 2023
March 10, 2023
The meetings will occur from 6-7 pm on the above dates.
Meetings will be conducted in English with an auto-generated transcript on zoom. Audio/video recordings will not be made to allow for clinical case discussions.
For more details, please visit: https://contextualscience.org/event/asiaflex_dialogue_and_exchange_virtual_meeting_series_asian_culture_and_cbs
- 2023 Foundation Grants announcement from ACBS Foundation Board:
“The ACBS Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2023 Foundation Grants. Applications will open on January 15. We look forward to supporting innovative and original projects of high quality and potential. The ACBS Foundation Grant is aiming to financially support CBS projects related to the environment, social justice, and behavior in real life contexts. The choice of theme and the design of the project rests entirely with the applicant. The applications will be judged both on fit with the call, scientific quality, originality, and potential to maintain the implementation (for applied projects) or to clearly and compellingly demonstrate how the project will be subsequently implemented in the real-world and the planned steps that will be taken to insure this (for research projects). We are also excited to share a brand new funding opportunity! This grant award is honoring the legacy of Bob Kohlenberg, it will support graduate student and early career psychologist research focused on FAP. This new grant is made possible through the generosity of Mavis Tsai and Barbara Kohlenberg.
Grant applications opening January 15, 2023:
• The Robert J. Kohlenberg Research Award will be awarded to a project of no more than $5,000 USD. Typical projects should be completed within 18 months of the award.
• The ACBS Foundation Grant will typically be awarded to projects of no more than $2,000 USD; however, larger projects will be considered based on their merits. Typical projects should be completed within 12 months of the award.
The deadline to submit your grant application is March 1, 2023 17:00 GMT. (10:30 pm Delhi/ 5:00pm London/ 1:00 pm New York). We look forward to the opportunity to see the innovative projects you have planned!
Also, if you are interested in helping us review grant submissions, please share your information and areas of expertise here.
The ACBS Foundation Board
Scientific Literature Highlights
- Process-based therapy (PBT) in a clinical case. For those of you who have found it challenging to figure out how to apply a process-based approach in your clinical work, a case study illustrating how PBT is applied was recently published by Clarissa Ong, Steve Hayes, and Stefann Hofmann. You can find the article here:Ne
Upcoming Professional Trainings
The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these events are not necessarily endorsed by OACBS and the information is simply provided as a convenience to members. If you know of any CBS-related training events in our area that you’d like announced in the next newsletter, please e-mail that information to Member At Large, Joanne Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Jenna Le Jeune, PhD, from Portland Psychotherapy, will be offering a series of workshops in early 2023 focusing on working with values from an ACT perspective:
- Values in therapy: An intro to working with values from an ACT perspective will be held 1/20/2023 from 12pm-2pm PST.
- Truffle Hunting: Bringing Values to Life in the Therapy Room will be held on 2/24/2023 from 12pm-2pm PST.
- Values Stuck Points: When Psychological Inflexibility Creates Barriers to Valued Living will be held on 3/17/2023 from 12-2pm PST.
*All workshops will be held online. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.portlandpsychotherapytraining.com/01-20-2022-values-in-therapy
- Dr. Alison Stapleton will be giving a webinar on rule-governed behavior through an RFT-lens on 1/12/2023 from 12:30 pm-2:30pm PST. Here is a description of the webinar from Connections (host for the webinar):
“Rules have a substantial influence on human behavior, with many instances of psychological rigidity seeming to stem from context-insensitive rule-following. Rule-following is a double-edged sword. While it can allow us to bypass trial and error, meaning we respond accurately quickly, it can also reduce our sensitivity to our immediate environment. Reduced sensitivity and awareness of shifting environmental contingencies is highly problematic and can cause us to maintain behaviors that are no longer useful for us, or even cause us to engage in harmful behaviors. And yet, at times we need to promote rule-following. For example, we want people to adhere to guidelines that reduce the spread of COVID-19, we don’t want children to test rules around looking both ways before crossing the street, and in a clinical context, we want clients to test and follow rules that clinicians provide (e.g., rules around valued action). This workshop will introduce attendees to the RFT account of rule-governed behavior and how this account can empower us to facilitate flexible, appropriately contextualized rule-following, while emphasizing the importance of the individual.”
For more information, please visit: https://connections-behavior.com/events/stapleton-rgb/
Peer Consult Groups in Oregon
Medford/Ashland: Bi-monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30. Rotates between Medford at Rogue Community College and Ashland. Format is peer skills-building group with a rotating book we read together. Contact Sarah Verducci for info email@example.com.
Portland: ACT peer clinical consultation group meets every 2nd Friday of the month online from 3:30-5:30pm. This group is a forum for clinicians to engage in didactic and experiential consultation about the clinical use of ACT. It is mainly composed of professionals working in the mental health field, but graduate students pursuing a mental health-related degree are also welcome. Further information is here:
Email Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC 1 (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to attending the group if it’s your first time.
New Clinical Resources
Portland Psychotherapy is now taking OHP. Portland Psychotherapy has recently set up contracts with Care Oregon, Trillium. The clinic can also accept individuals who have “open card” as well as negotiate contracts with people using OHP from outside the local area. In addition to general services, the clinic can even offer specialized anxiety disorder treatment for things like OCD or repetitive behavior disorders like trichotillomania. The best place to connect clients to services is the contact form here: https://portlandpsychotherapy.com/contact-us/