July-October 2016

OACBS Projects

The new board is now in place, poised to do great things.

  • David Maxey, MA – Current President
  • Brian Thompson, PhD – Past President
  • Darin Bergen, PsyD – President Elect
  • Melissa Soll, PhD – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Timothy Wright, PsyD – Member at Large
  • Yeong Keun (YK) Jeong, MA – Student Representative

See About the Board for additional information about your board members. More to come…

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

ACBS World Conference 14

ACBS World Conference in Seattle this summer was a success. There was a good turnout from Oregon—70 attendees from Oregon of which 41 were Oregon Chapter members. OACBS members offered workshops and participated in symposiums and panel discussion. World Conference 15 will be held in Seville, Spain in 2017 and in Montreal, Canada in 2018.

Steven Hayes’ New TEDx talk

Steve Hayes gave a 2nd Tedx Talk on defusion at Davidson Academy, a school for gifted high school students. In his words: “I gave the talk to a group of high school kids with IQs in the 99.9th percentile or above. Way smart. They still struggle. To explain why defusion is needed, I tried to distill RFT down to a single slide normal folks could understand. I think I succeeded, but you will have to be the judge.”

Mobile Apps/Technology

Recent listserv traffic highlighted a newly published journal article in JCBS on mobile apps, plus a link from Michael Levin to his presentation at World Conference 14, highlighting a few apps. He also noted a broader list of CBS-relevant apps through the ACBS Technology SIG list.

Fierce Compassion Podcast

A conversation between Dennis Tirch and Steve Hayes on “the nature of compassion, how ACT developed, and how we humans can transform our own pain into compassionate prosocial action in an open and vulnerable discussion lasting nearly 90 minutes.” (Dennis Tirch)

Mindfulness Cartoon

A contribution from Sarah Marcus: “A cartoon called ‘Steven Universe’ on The Cartoon Network recently made an episode about Mindfulness, which included a ‘Mindfulness education song’ Enjoy!” Per Steve Hayes, “Wonderful song and should be useful for ACT folks who work with kids and families.”

Upcoming Professional Training

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, Tim Wright.

September 2016

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training for Professionals – Led by Ruth Leibowitz, PhD

  • Eight Monday evenings, beginning September 19th, 2016, and includes a half-day retreat; 12 SE 14th Ave, 97214
  • Email Dr.LeibQ@hotmail.com for more details

October 2016

Who Am I to I Here Now: How Relational Frame Theory Can Help Your Clients Develop a More Flexible Sense of Self – Led by Matthieu Villatte, PhD

  • This workshop should be applicable to both people who have little experience with ACT to those with advanced knowledge.
  • Two Day Workshop: October 14th & 15th, 2016; Held at LifeQual, Beaverton.

November 2016

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – An Experiential and Practical Introduction – Led by Jason Luoma, PhD, and Jenna LeJeune, PhD

  • This workshop is intended for any therapist or student in a mental health field who is relatively new to the ACT model.
  • Two Day Workshop; November 11th & 12th, 2016; Held at LifeQual, Beaverton

February 2017

ACT with Compassion (Day 1): An Introduction to Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Highly Self-critical and Shame Prone Clients – Led by Jason Luoma, PhD, Jenna LeJeune, PhD, and Melissa Platt, PhD

OACBS Member News

New ACT-Based Anxiety Clinic and Postdoctoral Fellow at Portland Psychotherapy

Portland Psychotherapy is excited to announce their new postdoc, Kaylin Jones, PhD. As part of the new ACT-based Anxiety Clinic at Portland Psychotherapy, Kaylin will be offering sliding scale evidence-based treatment for Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders (including trichotillomania & skin picking).

Member Highlighted Reading Suggested

Inside This Moment from Patti Robinson & Kirk Strosahl.  Posted on the ACT listserve as “the Jedi Field Manual for ACT.” – Thank you Scott Rower for your suggestion.

Centering Activity – A Hank Robb Offering

ACBS Fellow and Oregon Chapter member Hank Robb, PhD posted an audio recorded of a centering activity followed by a relaxation activity.

Research Update: Team Compassion Research Lab

Team Compassion (at Portland Psychotherapy) is working to understand the role of compassion in helping people with high self-criticism and shame to live fuller, more engaged lives with an increased sense of belonging. Currently, Team Compassion is developing a 9-week class entitled Big Heart, Open Wide, which is a class for highly self-critical people based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, affective science, and compassion-based interventions. We will be collecting data to assess the effectiveness of the class and use the data to inform future iterations of the class as well as additional research projects.

  • Investigators:Jason Luoma, Ph.D., Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D., & Melissa Platt, Ph.D.

As highlighted in a recent post on OACBS listserv, Team Compassion has also compiled 20 science-based resources for those working with highly self-critical and shame prone clients, including case conceptualizations outlines, measures, book recommendations, videos and audios.

Reminder: ACT Peer Clinical Consult Group

Every 2nd Friday of the month, Portland Psychotherapy hosts an ACT peer clinical consultation group 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. Click here for details.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your participation in our community!

Nancy Anderson
Kristen Beck
Adam Brotman
Kristen Genzano
Nina Hidalgo
An Huygen
Tonya Lippert
Heather Macaky
Cayla Panitz
Megan Poole
Jenna Sant-Wing
Kathryn Schwartz
Molly Sullivan
Athena Thompson

May/June 2016

OACBS Projects

OACBS Board Election

The ballots are in for the 2016 OACBS Board Election! We are pleased to announce our new Board members:

President-Elect: Darin Bergen, Psy.D.
Secretary/Treasurer: Melissa Soll, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large: Tim Wright, Psy.D.
Student Representative: YK Jeong, M.A.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of those who stepped up to run this year and to the OACBS members who took the time to cast their ballots. New terms will begin on June 15, 2016. Congratulations to the new Board members; we look forward to your contributions!

OACBS Community-Building Get-Together at World Conference 14

The Oregon Chapter has reserved a table at ACBS World Conference in Seattle for the Opening Social, Chapter, and SIG Event on Wednesday evening, June 15th, from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Stop by and see us–and meet other OACBS members! Also, we will email registered OACBS attendees shortly before the conference about arranging an informal get together later in the week. Hope to see you there! If you have questions, email President-Elect C. David Maxey <David@CDM.name>.

ACBS Updates

ACBS World Conference 14 “Welcome Team”

Kelly Koerner, the program chair for the ACBS World Conference, has put out a call for volunteers interested in being on the “Welcoming Team” to help reach out to those who are new to WorldCon and make sure they feel welcomed and included. Volunteer opportunities include staffing the registration table area and several lunch tables to have a short friendly conversation, offer to be of help with finding interesting things in the program, and just generally reaching out to make people feel welcome. It would involve being available for short time periods (30 minutes) on Wednesday afternoon/evening and Thursday morning or being willing to sit with people on Thursday or Friday lunches. Anyone interested can write to Kelly directly at kelly@ebpi.org to receive more details.

Presidential Address at ACBS World Conference 13, Berlin, Germany, 2015

Jason Luoma’s Presidential Address, delivered at the 2015 World Conference in Germany has been posted to the ACBS website. If you were not able to attend the conference, Jason’s inspiring speech focused on shame, stigma, compassion, and connection. You can view the presentation on-line: Big heart, open wide: Moving from shame and fear to empathy, compassion, and connection in our clinical work and communities

Upcoming Professional Training

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, Meghan Marty.

The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in ACT, 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.

The World Conference is for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, drug counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, students and more…. Anyone in a similarly related helping or research field is invited to attend.

Several OACBS members will be among those giving workshops and presentations including Hank Robb, Jason Luoma, Melissa Platt, Paul Guinther, Brian Thompson, and Jenna LeJeune.

Registration in the full conference is all-inclusive and includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, open access to workshops, research symposia, posters, panel discussions, plenary sessions with CBS researchers and practitioners, and IGNITE sessions.

OACBS Member News

Harold (“Hank”) Robb Named ACBS fellow

Congratulations to OACBS member Hank Robb for being named an ACBS Fellow, to be inducted at the Seattle ACBS World Conference in June! Fellowship in ACBS is one of the Association’s highest honors and is meant to recognize professionals who have made strong positive contributions to Contextual Behavioral Science, at any stage of career, through research, scholarship, training, public information, policy, prevention, organizational work, practice, or any other area of CBS and of the Association.

Pre-Conference Workshop on Self-Criticism and Shame

OACBS members Jason Luoma, Jenna LeJeune, and Melissa Platt are offering a pre-conference workshop in Seattle, titled “From Isolation to Belonging: Using ACT and Affective Science to Deepen Your Work with Clients Stuck in Self-Criticism and Shame.”

Upcoming Presentations at National Nurse Practitioner Conference

OACBS member Mike Bricker is scheduled to give two presentations at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference this July in San Antonio:  “ACTing on ACEs – Working with the Difficult Patient” and “ACT and EMDR for Chronic Pain.”

ACT-based Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research and Presentations

OACBS President Brian Thompson was recently awarded additional grant funding through Portland Psychotherapy to continue a single case design study looking at process of change in ACT and ERP for OCD. Additionally, Brian will give a few ACT-based presentations at the Annual OCD Conference this July.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your participation in our community!

Stephani Grace
Jessica Farrar
April Lightcap
Lauren Whitelaw
Chandra Mundon
Eric Lillibridge
Breanna Bocciolatt
Miranda Drake

March/April 2016

OACBS Projects

Will You Answer the Call?

Four years ago, a group of Oregonians committed to contextual behavioral science started talking about organizing our state-wide community of CBSers in some way. A year later, the Oregon Chapter of ACBS was officially formed. For the past 3 years, a small number of individuals who have volunteered to serve on your board have made some pretty significant accomplishments (if we do say so ourselves!). From creating and then revising our bylaws, to hosting training events and study groups, to getting our OACBS website and newsletter up and running, and lots of other behind-the-scenes activities, those who have served on the board over the past 3 years have been hard at work. But now, terms are coming to an end and there are several opportunities for others to step up and get involved. Starting in early April, we will be calling for nominations for the 4 seats that will be opening up on the OACBS Board: President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Member-At-Large, and Student Representative. Will you answer the call? Please be on the look out for an announcement and more information on the upcoming election in the coming weeks. And consider whether you or someone you know might be willing to serve our OACBS community in this way.

OACBS Committee for a Community-Building Get-Together at World Conference 14

OACBS is looking to arrange an informal get-together at the Seattle World Conference this summer where Oregon chapter members can connect with each other. If you’d like to help organize this, please email C. David Maxey (David@CDM.name), OACBS President-Elect. Once we have the details set, we’ll announce them through the listserv. Hope to see you all there!

ACBS Updates

OACBS Involved at the Ground Level for World Conference 14

As many of you know, the ACBS World Conference is coming to the west coast for the first time ever, from June 14-19 in our beautiful sister city to the north, Seattle. What you may not know is how much OACBS has already been involved in the planning stages for the conference. While many of us have been involved in the conference planning on some level, it’s been OACBS President-Elect, C. David Maxey that has really taken this task on with full gusto! He has been working very closely with Kelly Koerner (Program Committee Chair) and Emily Rodrigues (ACBS Executive Director) to make this one of the best World Conferences ever. David’s technical savvy (he is also the one that finally was able to get our OACBS website off the ground!) resulted in a total rehaul of how the workshop and panel submissions were reviewed and selected. He has been helping organize and run countless planning meetings, conference calls, sending out reminder emails to those of us doing much smaller tasks, and many more things we probably don’t even know about. David’s humble nature means that he would never make a fuss out of all that he has done to serve our Oregon ACBS community in this way, but the rest of us on the Board felt like all of our members should know how well they are represented. So hip, hip, hooray for our President-Elect David!!! Thank you for all of your service.

Steve Hayes TEDx Talk

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Steve Hayes recently presented an inspiring TEDx talk about psychological flexibility and his personal experience with panic disorder. You can watch the talk on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy via YouTube.

Upcoming Professional Training

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, Meghan Marty.

Drs. Strosahl and Robinson are both exceptionally experienced ACT clinicians and ACT peer-reviewed trainers who train folks around the world in FACT. FACT was developed for clinicians who work in settings that require brief interventions, such as hospitals, jails, primary care clinics, and mental health clinics.

The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in ACT, 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.

The World Conference is for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, drug counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, students and more…. Anyone in a similarly related helping or research field is invited to attend.

Early registration ends April 8th! Registration in the full conference is all-inclusive and includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, open access to workshops, research symposia, posters, panel discussions, plenary sessions with CBS researchers and practitioners, and IGNITE sessions.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your contribution to our community!

Anna Kiiveri
Zena Doherty
April Rose
Kenneth Sewell
Anna Boller
Cody Weldon
Kara Friend
Christina Irvine
An Huygen
Kristen Genzano
Athena Thompson

January/February 2016

On-going OACBS Projects

Bylaws Revision

Last year, the Board spent several months revising the Bylaws so that they more accurately reflected our Chapter. The original Bylaws were adapted from the ACBS Bylaws and adopted in 2012. These Bylaws were developed before OACBS had a chance to develop its identity. OACBS has grown tremendously since its inception in 2012, and we wanted our Bylaws to more accurately reflect our values and membership, which is both local yet extends beyond the Oregon border. We also expanded and clarified procedures related to elections and for managing any potential problems with the Board or Members. Our proposed Bylaw amendments are not the most glamorous accomplishment, but we consider these changes vital in helping steer our Chapter as we continue to grow and expand.

The current Bylaws state that amendments may be made by a two-thirds vote of Members who reply to an email ballot sent to the total membership. Please vote on the amendments by clicking on the following link to cast your vote: VOTE ON BYLAW AMENDMENTS.

World Conference 14: Call for Volunteers

If you’d like to help organize a community-building get-together at the World Conference in Seattle for our Oregon Chapter, email C. David Maxey (David@CDM.name), OACBS President-Elect, to join the planning committee. We will have a brief phone conference to make a plan, organize the rest over email, and if needed, have another phone conference closer to the conference.

ACBS Updates

World Conference 14: Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions is open for the annual ACBS World Conference, scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on June 14 – 19, 2016. The deadline for symposia, papers, panels, workshops, and ignite sessions is February 15, 2016. The deadline for posters is March 15, 2016. Use the following link for more information and to submit: WC14 Call for Submissions

ACT Recognized by PsychologyToday

Thanks in part to the work of several people in the ACBS community, PsychologyToday, the largest therapist directory in the country, is now listing ACT as one of the theoretical orientations therapists can select in their profile. This also means that clients can specifically look for ACT therapists using the PsychologyToday search. So if you have a profile on the site, you can add ACT as a your theoretical orientation by selecting the “treatment preferences” tab after you log in to your profile. This is good news for those looking for ACT therapists and a wonderful example of how our worldwide ACBS community can make a difference.

Upcoming Professional Training

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, Meghan Marty.

  • ACT BootCamp
    February 25 – 28, 2016 (Marin County, CA)
    Steve Hayes, Robyn Walser, Kelly Wilson, Benji Schoendorff, & Marie-France Bolduc
    Offered by Praxis

BootCamp is an intensive 4-day training experience with some of the most experienced and well-respected ACT trainers around. OACBS Members can receive a $75 discount on registration by using code NW2016.

This training is for therapists who have at least a beginning understanding of ACT and it allows a chance to engage the material beyond the beginner level, something rare in workshops.

Drs. Strosahl and Robinson are both exceptionally experienced ACT clinicians and ACT peer-reviewed trainers who train folks around the world in FACT. FACT was developed for clinicians who work in settings that require brief interventions, such as hospitals, jails, primary care clinics, and mental health clinics.

The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in ACT, 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.

The World Conference is for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, drug counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, students and more…. Anyone in a similarly related helping or research field is invited to attend.

Registration in the full conference is all-inclusive and includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, open access to workshops, research symposia, posters, panel discussions, plenary sessions with CBS researchers and practitioners, and IGNITE sessions.

Member News

Aaron S. Luoma Portland Psychotherapy Behavioral Science Research Grant/Award

The Research Lab at Portland Psychotherapy is proud to announce they have developed and implemented the first cycle of an internal research grant program to support advances in contextual behavioral science and evidence-based psychotherapy. The first grant was dispersed in 2015 and named the Aaron S. Luoma Portland Psychotherapy Behavioral Science Research Grant/Award, in honor of Dr. Jason Luoma’s brother. Awardees included Drs. Paul Guinther, Brian Thompson, and Scott Rower. The grant has supported their ongoing work on RFT and perspective taking, ACT and OCD, and CBT-I and insomnia, respectively. A new grant cycle is underway in 2016 to continue supporting these researchers and Portland Psychotherapy’s mission of contributing to the wider community through scientific research, compassionate treatment, and effective training.

Publications by OACBS Members

Desmond, T. (2016). Self-compassion in psychotherapy: Mindfulness-based practices for healing and transformation. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Robb, H. (in press). Opening up (acceptance & defusion). In J. Nieuwsma, R. Walser & S. Hayes (Ed.) Act for clergy and pastoral counselors: Using acceptance and commitment therapy to bridge psychological and spiritual care. San Francisco, CA: New Harbinger.

Guinther, P. M. & Dougher, M. J. (2015). The clinical relevance of stimulus equivalence and relational frame theory in influencing the behavior of verbally competent adults. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, 21-25.

LeJeune, J. T., & Luoma, J. B. (2015). The Integrated Scientist-Practitioner: A New Model for Combining Research and Clinical Practice in Fee-For-Service Settings. Professional Psychology Research & Practice 46(6), 421-428. Download here.

Levin, M.E., Luoma, J. B. & Haeger, J. (2015). Decoupling as a mechanism of action in mindfulness and acceptance: A literature review. Behavior Modification, 39(6), 870-911.

Luoma, J. B., & Platt, M. (2015). Stigma, Shame, Self-Criticism, and Compassion in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, 97-101. Download here.

Platt, M. & Freyd, J. J. (2015). Betray my trust, shame on me: Shame, dissociation, fear, and betrayal trauma. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7(4) 398-404.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your contribution to our community!

Sarah Alexander
Mollie Pleet
Jennifer Szolnoki
Erica Prince
Rebecca Hunter
Lue Williams
Irene Powch
Daniel Pinedo
Sandeep Kumar
Darina Yakimec
Roseann Getchell

November/December 2015

On-going OACBS Projects

OACBS Website

The Board continues to consider revisions and additions to our website, but we have decided that it is complete enough to open up to the public as our official website. To that end, we have submitted it to search engines for indexing. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Board with feedback or suggestions!

ACT Study Groups

The new round of free OACBS study groups is about to start and it’s not too late to join. We have five running this round, three in-person and two on-line. A huge thank you to Steffannie, Yeong, Ruth, Scott, and Leah who all volunteered their time to host a group. These groups are open to any current OACBS member (if you need to check your membership status, feel free to email Meghan Marty, your Member-At-Large). The groups will decide among themselves how frequently and for how long they will meet, but likely they will meet once a month or twice a month. If you see a group listed below you’d like to join, please email the host for that group ASAP to get info on when the first meetings will be held.

In-person Groups

  • When: Thursdays
    Book: Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency: A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice by Aki Masuda
    Host: Steffannie Roaché,   steffsings@gmail.com
    Where: NE Portland
  • When: Saturday mornings
    Book: ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris
    Host: Yeong Keun Jeong,   ykjeong11@georgefox.edu
    Where: Gresham
  • When: Late Saturday mornings
    Book: The ACT Practitioners Guide to the Science of Compassion by Dennis Tirch & Benji Schoendorff
    Host: Ruth Leibowitz,  dr.leibq@hotmail.com
    Where: SE Portland

On-line Groups

  • When: Tuesday evenings
    Book: Inside this Moment by Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson
    Host: Scott Rower, srower@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com
  • When: Wednesdays at 6:15
    Book: The ACT Matrix: A new approach to building psychological flexibility across settings and populations  by Kevin Polk and Benji Schoendorff
    Host: Leah Schindler,  drsweetie@yahoo.com

OACBS Bylaws Revision

The Board is currently working on revising the chapter Bylaws, refining our mission, and clarifying chapter procedures. We’re hoping to have these revisions completed and posted to the OACBS website by the next edition of the newsletter, in early 2016.

OACBS Interview with Steve Hayes, PhD

For those of you who may have missed it, current President Brian Thompson, Ph.D. conducted an interview with Steve Hayes, Ph.D. in September 2014. Dr. Hayes provided some really useful insights about building a local ACBS chapter, and about the development of the ACBS community as a whole. To listen to the interview, click the following link: OACBS Interview with Steve Hayes

ACBS Update

ACBS World Conference 14 Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions is open for the annual ACBS World Conference, scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on June 14 – 19, 2016. The deadline for symposia, papers, panels, workshops, and ignite sessions is February 15, 2016. The deadline for posters is March 15, 2016. Use the following link for more information and to submit: https://contextualscience.org/wc14_call_for_submissions

Upcoming Professional Training

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these events are not 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 email that information to Member At Large, Meghan Marty.

Member Spotlight

Joe RhinewineJoe Rhinewine, Ph.D.
Portland, OR

What type of work do you do? I do ACT with people with chronic pain, medical conditions, and general psychological problems.

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? I wanted something more effective and more broadly applicable than CBT, which even with a mindfulness component, I found fell short of my hopes.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? Trying to stop an emotional response is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

Name your top 3 values. Compassion, Fascination, Fun

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Playing guitar and listening to music, spending time with friends and family.

What might other OACBS members not know about you? I speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Who, obviously. Are you kidding?

Anything else you would like to share? I have a YouTube channel of ACT-related, ‘edutainment’-style videos (enter ‘Joseph Rhinewine’ on YouTube to find it).

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your contribution to our community!

Jessica Lee
Katelyn Anderson
Jeffrey Borchers
Diane Potratz
Marty Miller
Steffannie Roache
Chia-Yi Lee
Rosanna Shoup

 

September/October 2015

On-going OACBS Projects

OACBS Website

The OACBS Board is excited to announce we have acquired OregonContextualScience.org as the new on-line “home” for OACBS! We are starting by posting some static information about our chapter, such as how to join, find an ACT therapist, and contact us. After we get this basic information posted, we will explore plans for adding more content. All Board members have contributed input to this project, with former OACBS President Scott Rower and President Brian Thompson leading the effort, and President-Elect C. David Maxey efficiently implementing the Board’s vision. You are welcome to visit OregonContextualScience.org, but note that it will remain a work-in-progress with incomplete information at least until we publish the November/December 2015 newsletter.

ACT Study Groups

Last spring, OACBS organized our first series of ACT reading groups. We had a total of 6 groups: 3 on-line and 3 in-person. It was great to have so much interest in the reading groups, though there were some difficulties with the logistics that we can learn from. This fall, OACBS would like to organize a new series of study groups, but we need your help. OACBS is an all volunteer organization. Not everyone has the availability to serve on the board or join a committee. But how about hosting a once a month ACT study group? All you have to do is open up your office or home for an hour or so to some other ACT-interested therapists to talk about a book you all are reading together. No need to have any particular ACT expertise- just an interest in ACT and a willingness to be the point person for the group. You can even choose the book, time, and place of the meeting. If you’re willing to consider being a study group host this time around, please click here to let us know what would work best for you. And thank you for willing to be of service to our CBS community.

Upcoming Professional Trainings

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these trainings are not 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 email that information to Member At Large, Meghan Marty.

Member Spotlight

Brian GoffBrian Goff, PhD

What type of work do you do? I’m a licensed psychologist in independent practice, founder and director of an ACT-oriented nonprofit clinic (Evergreen Clinical), and clinical faculty at George Fox University.

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? Prior to my work in ACT, I spent 10 years with DBT and was the assistant director of the Portland DBT Program. I transitioned out of DBT when my wife and I adopted a sibling set of three children and I moved to part-time clinical work. I wanted to practice as a generalist and found ACT (a) personally appealing, (b) broadly applicable, and (b) an “orientation cousin” to DBT.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? Passengers on the Bus or Fruit Bowl (SaC), depending on the day.

Name your top 3 values. Connection, Challenge, Love

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Playing with my kids, golfing, and fitness-related activities.

What might other OACBS members not know about you? I used to entertain thoughts (read: fantasies) of being a professional golfer. Now I entertain thoughts about working with golfers on their mental game using ACT principles.

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones — especially at the gym.

Anything else you would like to share? Favorite super power would be teleportation. I don’t like snakes.

Member News

Articles

OACBS members (in bold below) authored two articles in the most recent edition of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, both of which can be accessed through your ACBS membership (just log in through contextualscience.org):

Creating a peer-led acceptance and commitment therapy consultation group: The Portland model by Brian L. Thompson, Jason B. Luoma, Christeine M. Terry, Jenna T. LeJeune, Paul M. Guinther, and Harold B. Robb

Recognizing common clinical mistakes in ACT: A quick analysis and call to awareness by Martin J. Brock, Sonja V. Batten, Robyn D. Walser, and Harold B. Robb

Event

Portland Mindfulness Therapy offers CBS / ACT – consistent meditation classes, both formal (4 sessions) and informal (drop in group)

The formal class is held on Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00 p.m. The four class meetings each apply one of the ACT mindfulness processes in order to teach traditional sitting, mindfulness meditation: 1. Contact with the Present Moment; 2. Willingness; 3. “Disentanglement” from thoughts (defusion); 4. Observer-self (self-as-context). Class is about half experiential, half discussion. It requires preregistration and costs $100 total. Registration is available at portlandmindful.com/classes.

The informal sitting group meets Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00. We sit in a traditional fashion, for two 25-minute sessions, with walking meditation in between. The sitting is followed by a 20 minute, mindful discussion. This group is open to anyone with some background in meditation or mindfulness, or after discussion with the instructor (OACBS member Joe Rhinewine). The sitting group is also taught from a CBS / ACT perspective with some influences from Buddhism and other traditional meditation approaches.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our newest OACBS members. We look forward to your contribution to our community!

Lori Haymore
Connie Beck
Charly du Bois
Trond Willmann
Martha Plante
Casey Peters
Natalie Bencomo
Josh Kaplan
Amanda Kruszewski
Nicola Moine
YK Jeong

July/August 2015

Many of us had a wonderful ACBS World Conference experience in Berlin this month! If you were unable to attend, the Washington chapter of ACBS is putting on their own conference this September (for more information, see below). They have an exceptional line-up of presenters, and we hope you consider attending. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

2015 – 2016 OACBS Board Members

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 OACBS Board election. We would like to welcome David Maxey as our new President-Elect and Jesse Burrell as our returning Student Representative. As always, if you have feedback, suggestions, or ideas about how to make OACBS even more awesome, please feel free to contact your current OACBS Board members:

President: Brian Thompson, PhD (Portland)
President-Elect: C. David Maxey, MA (Portland)
Past-President: Jenna LeJeune, PhD (Portland)
Secretary-Treasurer: David Brillhart, PsyD (Salem)
Member-At-Large: Meghan Marty, PhD (Portland)
Student Representative: Jesse Burrell, MA (Newberg)

On-going OACBS Projects

OACBS Website

Are you wondering how you can get more involved in OACBS? We are looking for volunteers to help develop the OACBS website. If you are interested participating in this project, please contact Scott Rower, PhD.

ACT Study Groups

The first round of ACT/CBS study groups were a success, with 2 on-line groups and 3 in-person groups each focusing on a different ACT or CBS-related book. We hope to start a new round of study groups in the fall. So if you are interested in joining, or, better yet, willing to host a future study group, please contact Jenna LeJeune, PhD.

Student Outreach

Just a reminder that OACBS has created a listserv just for graduate students! Our aim is to create a safe space for students to discuss ACT and RFT-related issues amongst themselves. We’d like to thank OACBS members Paul Guinther, PhD and Sandy Bushberg, PhD for agreeing to be moderators. To join, send an email to our Google Group. Please note: this listserv is for students only. If you would like to be involved in student outreach, please contact Jesse Burrell, MA.

OACBS Memberships

Is your OACBS membership up-to-date? If you have questions about your OACBS membership or would like to change the e-mail address at which you receive OACBS announcements, please contact Meghan Marty, PhD.

ACBS Updates

ACBS World Conference

The 13th ACBS World Conference just wrapped up in Berlin, Germany. It was the most well attended conference to date, with over 1,000 participants from 6 continents (we’re still working on Antarctica!). And your Oregon Chapter was very well represented with at least 8 people from our little corner of the world making the trip out there. For those who were not able to be there, the theme was “Global Concerns, Global Community” and the CBS work that is happening around the world was truly inspiring to hear about. Everything from using ACT interventions to address the Ebola crisis and sexual violence against women in Sierra Leone to training lay practitioners to better meet the mental health needs of those in more underserved areas in developing nations. And our own OACBS member and ACBS President, Jason Luoma, gave an inspiring presidential address about shame, compassion, and ways to increase connection and nurturing in our communities that was met with a resounding standing ovation. He made OACBS proud! So, if you missed the chance to get to the WorldCon this year, mark your calendars because next summer the conference is going to be on the West Coast of the US for the first time ever, in our very own backyard of Seattle, WA! We’ll keep you posted about ways to get involved.

WACBS Conference

If you couldn’t make it to Berlin this year for the ACBS World Con, the Washington chapter of ACBS has put together their own ACBS conference this September 11-12 in Seattle. The line-up features leading trainers in ACT, RFT, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. The conference is being held in a peaceful retreat center area near UW. The WACBS conference offers a chance to learn from some of the top names in contextual behavioral science. You can register here (PraxisCET.com/WACBS15). Use the code WACBS15 for $75 off your registration.

Upcoming Professional Trainings

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these trainings are not endorsed by OACBS and the information is simply provided as a convenience to members.

Member Spotlight

Jesse BurrellJesse Burrell, MA
Newberg, Oregon

What type of work do you do? Graduate Student

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? I went to the Founders’ ACT Bootcamp last year in Reno, NV. The intensive training there changed the way that I viewed psychotherapy and how I navigate my personal life. It was a life changer for me and I haven’t looked back.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? People are sunsets, not math problems.

Name your top 3 values. Grace, Connection, Investment

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy immersing myself in outdoor activities, playing interactive games with friends, and creating music and art.

What might other OACBS members not know about you? My family-parents and brother- sings together a lot as a quartet. We like a capella music which has harmony lines for a soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Beatles for karaoke nights. The Rolling Stones on my radio.

If you are interested in being in a future “Membership Spotlight,” please click here: Membership Spotlight Questions

Member News

ACT on the Radio

OACBS member Brian Goff, PhD was recently interviewed by Sheila Hamilton, host of KINK’s “Speaking Freely” show. In the past month, the show has focused on mental health issues. Dr. Goff had a chance to provide valuable information about ACT with the general public, as well as share links to on-line ACT information and lists of ACT-oriented therapists. In case you missed it, the full interview can be found here: Brian Goff speaks about ACT

ACT with Compassion

OACBS members Dr. Jason Luoma, Dr. Jenna LeJeune, and Dr. Melissa Platt are announcing a website called ACTwithCompassion. This website is about one year old and offers a variety of materials and resources for therapists who work with clients who self-critical or shame prone. Here is a recent summary of the first year of content in a blog post.

The website offers a range of resources including:

If you want to get the newest website content sent straight to you, feel free to connect on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for the newsletter here. Hundreds of therapists are already connected with the website.

Do you have ACT or CBS-related information/activities that you would like to share with the rest of the OACBS members? We would love to hear about it! Please forward the information to Meghan Marty

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our new members. We look forward to your contribution to our chapter!

Michael Brekelmans
Theresa Ferrante
Julie Wilson
Maggie Stoeckel
David Neal
Valerie Neck
Steve Baker
Erika Eisele
Beverly Hansen
Salvatore Dinovo
Christina Cruz

If you have feedback about the newsletter, would like to contribute information, or would like to help prepare the newsletter, please contact Meghan Marty, PhD, OACBS Member-at-Large.

April/May 2015

Welcome to our third OACBS newsletter! If you have feedback about the newsletter, would like to contribute information, or would like to help prepare the newsletter, please contact Meghan Marty, PhD, OACBS Member-at-Large.

OACBS Board Elections – May 2015

We’d like to ask you to consider joining us as we take our Chapter to the next level. Recently, Jenna sent out a listserv message officially calling for nominations to the OACBS Board for the positions of President-Elect and Student Representative. Please consider running for one of these positions. Self-nominations and candidates from across the state are encouraged. It’s a great group of people and a wonderful opportunity to serve the ACBS community. If you are interested or would like to nominate a fellow OACBS member, please contact OACBS President, Jenna LeJeune, PhD. And thanks!

On-going OACBS Projects

ACT Study Groups

We’ve had a fantastic response to OACBS’ first round of ACT/CBS study groups! There are currently 5 study groups running, 2 on-line and 3 in-person, each focused on reading and discussing a specific ACT or CBS-related book. Thank you so much to the group leaders for being willing to serve as hosts for this first round of study groups! If you are interested in possibly hosting a future study group, please contact Jenna LeJeune, PhD.

Student Outreach

Just a reminder that OACBS has created a listserv just for graduate students! Our aim is to create a safe space for students to discuss ACT and RFT-related issues amongst themselves. We’d like to thank OACBS members Paul Guinther, PhD and Sandy Bushberg, PhD for agreeing to be moderators. To join, send an email to our Google Group. Please note: this listserv is for students only. If you would like to be involved in student outreach, please contact Jesse Burrell, MA.

OACBS Website

We are continuing to develop a website for OACBS. A special thanks to OACBS member Fred Kane, MDiv who is generously volunteering his time and skills to help put this project into place. If you would like to be involved in the website development project, please contact Scott Rower, PhD.

Upcoming Trainings

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these trainings are not endorsed by OACBS and the information is simply provided as a convenience to members.

  • The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference
    July 14-19 2015 (Berlin, Germany)
    Dr. Jason Luoma, OACBS member and President of the ACBS, would like to extend a special invitation to all OACBS members to join him at this year’s WorldCon in Berlin, Germany. For those who have not had the opportunity to attend a World Conference, these aren’t your average professional conference! The ACBS World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in ACT, RFT, and Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as some of the world’s most experienced trainers to lead experiential workshops so that you can hone your skills and learn how to better serve your clients. This is the ACT and CBS-community’s big event, a time to not only expand your skills and knowledge, but also a chance to get to connect with this wonderful community. So please consider joining us this July in Berlin!

Member Spotlight

Paul GuintherPaul Guinther, Ph.D.
Portland, Oregon

What type of work do you do? I work as a clinical psychologist and psychology researcher. I am clinically specialized in using ACT to treat grief, panic, and mood disorders. My research projects include empirical investigations of Relational Frame Theory, perspective
taking, memory, shame, and experiential avoidance.

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? So much! I was very drawn to the philosophy of science and its pragmatic truth criterion. The constructional approach to values-based living really resonated with me, and I love the community and its integrity.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? I like the metaphor of holding pain lightly, as physicalized by having clients experience alternately tightly squeezing or gently holding a little toy porcupine.

Name your top 3 values. Love; Beauty; Exploration

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy spending time with family and
getting outdoors for gardening, hiking, goofing off, and experiencing nature.

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Beatles, baby.

Anything else you would like to share? I love geeking out on RFT – let me know if you’d ever like to share ideas!

If you are interested in being in a future “Membership Spotlight,” please click here.

OACBS Member News

The journal “Current Opinion in Psychology” just published a special issue entirely focused on contextual behavioral science and the third wave behavior therapies. This issue is jam packed with some great ACT articles spanning a wide range of topics including stuff on RFT/basic science, values work in ACT, ACT in primary care, and ACT and poverty issues. And OACBS is well represented in the issue with two articles from our very own OACBS members: “Shame, self-criticism, self-stigma, and compassion in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” by Jason Luoma and Melissa Platt and “The clinical relevance of stimulus equivalence and relational frame theory in influencing the behavior of verbally competent adults” by Paul Guinther. The entire special issue is available free at this link.

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our new members! We look forward to your contributions to our chapter.

Greg Baron
Ekaterina Berezovaia
Jonathan Carraher
Irene Champagne
Donna Cohen
Tim Desmond
Chris Ferrante
Tamara Hughes
Samantha Kettle
Anita Linge
Heather Mackay
Gretchen Newmark
Meghan O’Neil
Francesca Peila
Bruce Ruttenburg
Jerry Ryan
Rachel Sol
Christopher Watson
Larissa Yoder

March 2015

Welcome to the second OACBS newsletter! We have lots of exciting updates this month. If you have feedback about the newsletter, would like to contribute information, or would like to help prepare the newsletter, please contact Meghan Marty, PhD, OACBS Member-at-Large.

On-going OACBS Projects

ACT Study Groups

We’ve had a fantastic response to OACBS’ first round of ACT/CBS study groups! There are currently 5 study groups running, 2 on-line and 3 in-person, each focused on reading and discussing a specific ACT or CBS-related book. Thank you so much to the group leaders for being willing to serve as hosts for this first round of study groups! If you are interested in possibly hosting a future study group, please contact Jenna LeJeune, PhD.

Student Outreach

After receiving several requests, OACBS has created a listserv just for graduate students! Our aim is to create a safe space for students to discuss ACT and RFT- related issues amongst themselves. We’d like to thank OACBS members Paul Guinther, PhD and Sandy Bushberg, PhD for agreeing to be moderators. To join, send an email to our Google Group. Please note: this listserv is for students only. If you would like to be involved in student outreach, please contact Jesse Burrell, MA.

OACBS Website

We are continuing to develop a website for OACBS. A special thanks to OACBS member Fred Kane, MDiv who is generously volunteering his time and skills to help put this project into place. If you would like to be involved in the website development project, please contact Scott Rower, PhD.

Upcoming Trainings

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these trainings are not endorsed by OACBS and the information is simply provided as a convenience to members.

  • An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy” and “Training Compassionate Capacity: Moving Beyond the Basics of Compassion-Focused Therapy
    March 20-21, 2015 (Portland)
    Russell Kolts, PhD
    Offered by Portland Psychotherapy
  • Quick Start Guide to ACT
    March 24, 2015 (On-line)
    Russ Harris
    Interactive 8-week course for beginners that takes participants step-by-step through the whole ACT model.
  • The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference
    July 14-19 2015 (Berlin, Germany)
    Dr. Jason Luoma, OACBS member and President of the ACBS, would like to extend a special invitation to all OACBS members to join him at this year’s WorldCon in Berlin, Germany. For those who have not had the opportunity to attend a World Conference, these aren’t your average professional conference! The ACBS World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in ACT, RFT, and Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as some of the world’s most experienced trainers to lead experiential workshops so that you can hone your skills and learn how to better serve your clients. This is the ACT and CBS-community’s big event, a time to not only expand your skills and knowledge, but also a chance to get to connect with this wonderful community. So please consider joining us this July in Berlin!

Member Spotlight

Laura HeesackerLaura Heesacker
Ashland, Oregon

Where do you work? I currently work as Behavioral Health Consultant with the Oregon Pain Guidance Group and three area Coordinated Care Organizations in Southern Oregon. I provide clinical oversight for the new Pain Resiliency Program, an ACT based program designed to help individuals live a full and meaningful life along side chronic pain. I also work with Portland State University School of Social Work as a field liaison.

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? I was introduced to ACT through a conference with Kurt Strosahl and Patti Robinson in 1999. I didn’t become an ACT devotee until I attended the first ACT Bootcamp in Reno, NV. It wasn’t until 2014, when both of my children were diagnosed with life threatening health challenges, that ACT became the way I move through each day of my life. My mind is neither friend nor foe, but together we are beginning to find peace with each other.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? Monsters on the Bus

Name your top 3 values. Compassion (for self and others); Humility; The present
moment

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time with my family and friends, hiking, going to the coast, and being present with myself and my children as we navigate this new world of wonder, pain, and delight!

What might other OACBS members not know about you? My first pet was a one- legged chicken named Sara Grandmother. As a teenager I drove a dirt bike and barrel raced in 4-H. In my 20’s I was a kick boxing bungy jumper, majoring in Business until I failed Financial Management 101-Thank God for small favors!

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Beatles Baby!

Anything else you would like to share? I constantly marvel at the many ways ACT provides a foundation for all areas of my life. I am grateful for the strong state, national, and international ACT community that supports my work and life!

Award for Research in Contextual Behavioral Science

Last month, OACBS sponsored the Award for Research in Contextual Behavioral Science at the CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium. The recipient of the reward was Krista Wurscher and the title of her project was Concussion Symptoms in Relation to Brain Maturity. Krista did an outstanding job in presenting her study and was very passionate about her work. She placed 2nd in the Behavioral – Cognitive Psychology category and will be representing West Linn High School at the State Northwest Science Expo held at Portland State on April 3, 2015. Congratulations Krista!

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our new members! We look forward to your contributions to our chapter.

Lauren Justice
Cydne Collins
Roseann Getchell
Elisabeth Musch
Vanessa Casillas
Andrew Kenagy
Caitlin Parodi
John Szudera
Ann Matko
Paula Staffeldt
Andrew Stuck

A final note from your OACBS Board…

We on the OACBS Board would like to take this moment to thank all of our members who have helped make our first two years such an incredible success! In that short time we have been able to do so many things, from offering trainings, study groups, and a listserv to support our members across the state, to reaching out to other groups through things like student outreach and the graduate student listserv. And we have lots of exciting plans on the horizon, including the launch of our chapter website and more training events. We on the Board hope we have been of service to everyone in our community.

And now, we’d like to ask you to consider joining us as we take our Chapter to the next level. Next month we will be officially calling for nominations to the OACBS Board for the positions of President-Elect and Student Representative. Please consider running for one of these positions. It’s a great group of people and a wonderful opportunity to serve the ACBS community. If already know you are interested, please contact OACBS President, Jenna LeJeune, PhD. And thanks!

February 2015

Welcome to the new OACBS newsletter! We hope to use this newsletter as a forum for communicating between the OACBS board and members, as well as among OACBS members. Topics will include updates regarding on-going OACBS projects, volunteer opportunities, trainings, member spotlights, and anything else relevant to the mission of OACBS. If you have feedback about the newsletter, would like to contribute information, or would like to help prepare the newsletter, please contact Meghan Marty, PhD, OACBS Member-at-Large.

OACBS Board Members

Several new members have joined OACBS since the last board election was held in June 2014, so we thought it would be a good idea to mention the current board members. We welcome your feedback and thoughts about how to make OACBS most useful to our members.

President: Jenna LeJeune, PhD (Portland)
President-Elect: Brian Thompson, PhD (Portland)
Past-President: Scott Rower, PhD (Portland)
Secretary-Treasurer: David Brillhart, PsyD (Salem)
Member-At-Large: Meghan Marty, PhD (Portland)
Student Representative: Jesse Burrell, MA (Newberg)

Project Updates

Study Groups

Over 30 OACBS members expressed interest in participating in ACT reading or study groups. We are in the process of collating the survey responses to match individuals to groups based on interest and location (including in-person and on-line groups). For those of you who have already responded, watch for an upcoming e-mail regarding next steps. If you have not responded and are interested in finding out more information, please contact Jenna LeJeune, PhD.

Student Outreach

OACBS is developing a Student OACBS listserv for students to connect with, and receive support from, each other and 1-2 moderators experienced in ACT. We are reaching out to graduate programs in Oregon to establish a network for disseminating information that might be relevant to students, such as training opportunities and study groups. Additional ideas being discussed include creating a brief ACT webinar focused on case conceptualization. If you would like to be involved in the student outreach project, please contact Jesse Burrell, MA.

OACBS Website

We are making great progress on developing a website for OACBS and will likely have the website domain name purchased, the hosting arranged, and a first trial version of the site launched within a month or so. One exciting feature to look forward to is the “Find an ACT Therapist” functionality. Thank you to OACBS member Fred Kane, MDiv who is generously volunteering his time and skills to help put this project into place. If you would like to be involved in the website development project, please contact Scott Rower, PhD.

CREST Awards Program

OACBS has been asked by the Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (CREST) for assistance with their Jane Goodall Science Symposium. Over 200 students, representing three high schools in the state, will be presenting the results from research projects they have been working on all school year. OACBS agreed to sponsor a Contextual Behavioral Science Award at the symposium for the student project that best represents the principles of CBS. We need your input!! What criteria would you use to evaluate high school student’s research projects for a CBS- specific award?What are the main CBS principles we would want to see covered/represented in the project? Do you have any ideas for a cool name for the award? Please send your ideas to Jenna LeJeune, PhD by February 14th.

Member Spotlight

In an effort to facilitate greater connection among OACBS members, we would like to start “spotlighting” a member in each newsletter. Please watch your e-mail for an invitation to share information about yourself, to be included in a future newsletter. Questions will likely include…

What is your name?
Where are you located (city, state)?
Where do you work?
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
What might other OACBS members not know about you?
Anything else you would like to share?

New OACBS Members

Welcome to our new members! We look forward to your contributions to our chapter.

Brenda Bomgardner
Honora Hanley

Upcoming Trainings

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these trainings are not endorsed by OACBS and the information is simply provided as a convenience to members.