Newsletter February – July 2021

OACBS Updates:

Racial Reckoning Task Force (RRTF)

The Racial Reckoning Task Force (RRTF) formed in response to a long-overdue call to action catalyzed by Mr. George Floyd’s murder on May 25th, 2020. After an initial statement released by the board in June, the beginnings of the task force were set in motion. The official first meeting of the task force was held online on 10/12/20 and we have been meeting twice a month since November. Efforts have been towards the alleviation of human suffering that is inherent in our community due to systemic racial injustice and to work towards an advancement of well-being for ourselves, our clients, and the communities we serve. Tasks and areas of focus have included email posts; identifying how we might better support and connect Black, Indigenous, and clinicians of color and BIPOC clients in Oregon; and exploring ways to support increased access to workshops and conferences for BIPOC clinicians within ACBS. 

The RRTF is open to any current OACBS member who is interested in joining and aligning themselves with the work. We meet online on the first Monday of the month at 3:00 and the third Friday of the month at 4:00. For more information please email: racial-reckoning-task-force-oacbs@googlegroups.com 

Mike Bricker (Eugene, OR) STEMSS Training Institute Disseminating Valuable Information on ACT in treatment of SUDs:

Mike will be presenting for the Vermont Addiction Counselors Association on “Acceptance is not surrender– ACT in treatment of SUDs” in May.

Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, NCAC-2, LPC is a consultant on “dual recovery” from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He is also a Behavioral Health Clinician for Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene OR. Mike specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorders. He has educated and trained Counselors in Alaska, Oregon and the Navajo Nation. Mike is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, is a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau, and an Approved Education Provider.

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

ACBS Virtual World Conference Call for Submissions– Open

This year the ACBS world conference will be held virtually. The conference theme is: “Broadening Our Vision: Using CBS to Nurture a Just and Sustainable World

Deadline for Oral Submissions: 15 February 2021

Deadline for Poster Submissions: 20 March 2021

For more information: https://contextualscience.org/wc2021virtual_call_for_submissions

ACBS Foundation Grant 2021

The ACBS Foundation aims to promote CBS projects around the world. With the goal of facilitating interventions that promote well-being, we are proud to announce a new funding mechanism for ground-breaking projects that share this aim in the realms of interventions, training, and research.

In particular, the ACBS is looking to support and fund projects that break new ground relating to climate change, interventions in hitherto untested populations, novel applications or modalities of interventions, projects focused on dissemination, projects that address public policy, that measure outcomes of training, examin interventions in naturally occurring groups, that have potential to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or address institutional racism, projects involving developing nations, refugees or other disenfranchised or marginalized people, projects that address biological correlates of CBS-relevant targets (multi-level approaches), or interventions using technology that would have a wide reach to help people in their natural contexts.

The call is open from 1/15/2021- 3/1/2021

For more information: https://contextualscience.org/acbs_foundation_grant_2021

World Health Organization recommends Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the management of chronic pain in children

ACT’s new status in the WHO “Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children” is a result of two decades of ACT research on pain.

According to the guidelines, the WHO specifically recommends ACT for use in said treatment, in support of “moderate certainty evidence” of improvement of functional disability. In fact, cognitive behavioral therapy and related interventions (ACT, etc) received the strongest recommendations; more highly recommended than medications.

For more information: https://contextualscience.org/news/world_health_organization_recommends_acceptance_and_commitment_therapy_for

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, Chelsea Davis-Laurin.

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Guide Flexible Exposure

Brian Thomson, PhD, Director of Portland Psychotherapy Anxiety Clinic

Fri, February 26, 2021— Online workshop

1:00- 2:30PM PST

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a process-based treatment focused on strengthening psychological flexibility, a transdiagnostic process of change that refers to the ability to remain present while taking action towards meaningful life directions (Ong, Levin, Twohig, 2020). There is growing research support in the use of ACT with or without exposure in treating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (Bluett et al. 2014). ACT has been called an exposure-based treatment (Luoma, Hayes, & Walser, 2017): it may help prepare clients for exposure, and exposure may strengthen psychological flexibility (Thompson, Luoma, & LeJeune, 2013).

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-to-guide-flexible-exposure-tickets-128758126021

ACBS World Conference 2021

June 24-27 2021, Virtual

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!

Brian Thompson, Brian Pilecki, & Joanne Chan plan to submit a proposal for a workshop entitled: Using Exposure to Strengthen Psychological Flexibility.

This proposal marks a historical moment for OACBS history as it is the first to gain sponsorship from the organization. Congratulations to Brian, Brian, and Joanne for the sponsorship and best of luck with the submission; we hope to see your work on the world stage!

Focused ACT for Brief Interventions

Dr. Patti Robinson and Dr. Kirk Strosahl

This course opens for enrollment on February 17, 2021— Online

Focused ACT for Brief Interventions teaches you focused acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT), a system for making the most of every minute and catalyzing transformational change from your very first session with a client.

In 6 content-packed modules, you’ll learn the structure of FACT sessions as well as strategies for efficiently building psychological flexibility as the trainers guide you through insightful video instruction, clinical roleplays, and practical exercises to help you personalize and apply what you’ve learned.

After completing this on-demand course, you’ll have a set of concrete steps and tools to help you organize sessions, create impactful interventions, and make a difference with any client in a short amount of time. 

Peer Consult Groups in Oregon

Newberg: We meet third Thursdays from 12-1. Next meeting is March 19th. For more information email Joel Gregor gregorpsyd@hotmail.com 

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 sarah@sarahverducci.com.

Portland: 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. Further information is here.

Welcome New OACBS Members!

LukeAllen
KatherineDavis
SamanthaDomingo
ReneeGestalt
CarolGross


JACKKasl
CandiceKennedy
CeriLan
BritaniaLatronica
JeanLee
MeaganO’Leaey
NinaPaul
PatriciaRobinson

March – August 2020

OACBS Projects/Board

Board News:

OACBS Book Club! See below for further details on our Oregon book club chapter which will start May 18th (over video).

Board Changes: Joel Gregor, our OACBS President-Elect will be taking over as Board President on April 15th, 2020 instead of July 15th 2020.

Board Openings: Interested in being more involved in CBS-related conversations and events? Keep an eye out for up-coming positions opening at the board this Spring.

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

Values in Therapy

“Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life” by Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. and Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is a practical guide for clinicians who want to develop their effectiveness in working with values and meaning in therapy. While the book approaches values from an ACT perspective, it is written to be relevant to clinicians of all theoretical orientations and all levels of experience with ACT. With numerous exercises, tools, clinical vignettes and personal reflection questions, “Values in Therapy” provides therapists with the tools to help clients explore and take action on their values, while also revitalizing their work by offering opportunities to reconnect with their own personal values as a therapist

Psychologists Off the Clock Podcast

Join Debbie Sorensen and Jenna LeJeune for an encouraging discussion about what “living well” really means and how to increase values-based living in yourself and in your clients.

ART of Being Podcast

Hank Robb joins us for a spirited discussion of spirituality via the ACT Matrix. Along the way, we added a new (but optional) element to the ACT Matrix.

You can listen to the ART of Being with the ACT Matrix podcast using one of these links:  

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify Podcasts
Youtube

ACT & CBS-Relevant Apps & Technologies

The list of ways to support people through technological interventions continues to grow. For an up-to-date list of applicable tech options, check the Acting with Technology SIG list here (members login).

CBS Approach to Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

Local authors Jason Luoma and Brian Pilecki authored a paper on a CBS approach to psychedelic assisted therapy that was recently published in JCBS.

Luoma, J.B., Subucedo, P., Eriksson, J., Gates, N., & Pilecki, B. (in press). Toward a Contextual Psychedelic Assisted Therapy: Contextual Behavioral Science and the Third Wave of Psychedelic Research. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.Download pre-print here.

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, Sarah Verducci.

The Compassionate and Flexible Therapist-Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bring out the Best in you as a Therapist

Rikki Kjelgaard, Psychologist, ACT Denmark

April 17-18, 2020, Portland, OR

Do you ever “get stuck” as a therapist? Do some of your clients press your “hot buttons”? Do you ever find yourself struggling and thinking about “what do I do next” or feeling anxious, scared or stressed in therapy? In this workshop we will work on clarifying your therapist values and defining what is “difficult” about “difficult” clients. Through discussions, demonstrations and roleplays we will then work on these difficult clients and look at the processes from a compassionate ACT perspective.

ACBS World Conference 2020

July 14-19, 2020, New Orleans, LA

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!

ACT 3: Mastering ACT – Sacramento

Robyn Walser, PhD, Master ACT Trainer

August 1-2, 2020, Sacramento, CA

Many people who get excited about ACT, and feel they understand it conceptually, find it more difficult to implement the work for real-life clients with unique challenges. The chief goal of this advanced-practice workshop is to teach you a more flexible application of ACT, one that bridges the gap between conceptual understanding and implementation.

Superhero Therapy

Janina Scarlet – Creator of Superhero Therapy

September 19-20, 2020, San Diego, CA

Superhero stories and characters from fantasy and science fiction worlds have become prominent in American culture. We look to these stories for strength and inspiration in our everyday lives—especially during times of struggle. This workshop will focus on how to incorporate popular culture and interactive games into evidence-based therapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and narrative exposure therapy (NET) to help clients better manage anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other psychological disorders.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Resource Tapping (EMDR) in the treatment of chronic pain – WEBINAR

This webinar will explore the combined usefulness of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Resource Tapping (an EMDR technique) in helping patients with chronic pain. It is offered free of charge through NAADAC.

OACBS Book Club

Your Oregon board will be hosting its first book club where we can learn and share together! This could be a great way to connect with other members, no matter where you are in Oregon and be able to have interesting ACT-related discussions. The first book we will be reading is Values in Therapy by Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. and Jason Luoma (mentioned above in the newsletter). The pace will be manageable (we are aiming for one chapter per month). Details:

What: ACT Book Group for OACBS Members

Where: Video via Google Meet

When: Third Mondays at 5:30 PM starting May 18th

For information and to express interest: president@oregoncontextualscience.org

Peer Consult Groups in Oregon

Newberg: We meet third Thursdays from 12-1. Next meeting is March 19th. For more information email Joel Gregor gregorpsyd@hotmail.com 

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 sarah@sarahverducci.com.

Portland: 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. Further information is here.

Welcome New OACBS Members!

ErinBlumer
JesseBurrell-Chase
KateEisses
DarylHandlin
YarleneLopez Delgado
KarenO’Brien
BrianPilecki
BryanSmith
ValeneStafford
JacklynStellway
VanessaCasillas
GarrettPrice

January – July 2019

OACBS Projects/Board

OACBS Election

Thank you for participating in our recent election. We are welcoming Joel Gregor to the board as President-Elect. Here are your current board members:

  • President-Elect: Joel Gregor
  • President: Alia Zelder
  • Past-President: Shadee Hardy
  • Member-at-Large (and our Newsletter Editor): Sarah Verducci
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Cordelia Kraus
  • Student Representative: Mike Running

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

ACT & CBS-Friendly Apps & Web-Based Interventions

Do you use apps to log values-based actions or support clients with using mindfulness apps on their phones? The ACTing with Technology SIG recently compiled a list of relevant apps and online interventions. Find the list here and the discussion here. Please add ones that we may be missing to further the effort and share resources.

If web-based interventions are of interest, the April 2019 JCBS featured an article on promoting valued-living to college students which can be accessed here.

ACT in Context

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy podcast is rolling and has a variety of CBS-related content. It can be streamed after logging into ACBS here, or on iTunes.

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, Sarah Verducci.

ACT III: Mastering ACT-Seattle

August 30-31, 2019 at Courtyard Downtown Bellevue

Using ACT to Empower Women

September 6-8, 2019 at Sheraton Bellevue

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness – A 5-Day Professional Training Retreat

September 8-13, 2019 at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Helping Patients Forgive: REACH Forgiveness as Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

September 28th, 2019 at Portland Psychotherapy

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – An Experiential and Practical Introduction

November 8-9, 2019 at Portland Psychotherapy

OACBS Member News

Sober Families

Check out SoberFamilies.com, if you haven’t recently! This is a great resource for family members who want options for responding to their loved ones based in science and kindness, as well as for folks in recovery who would like to offer guidance to their family and friends on how to effectively support them. The site is based on the CRAFT approach and will increasingly include an approach that combines CRAFT with ACT. Take a few minutes to read the newest blog post for a taste of what is to come! –Cordelia Kraus

Other Goodies

Shame and substance use are not related: Surprising results from the first ever meta-analysis of this relationship

Read the blog post and link to full article on the role of shame in substance abuse.

Welcome New OACBS Members!

Dylan Beach
Kristen Beck
John Borgen
Patrick Conway
Meg Decordre
Emily Eccles
Scott Fillmore
Deborah Galindo
Bob Garber
Elizabeth Gentzkow
Rory Gerard
David Gleave
Jennifer Henderson
Melinda Honeycutt
Charles Jasper
Amy Joslin
Anna Kiiveri
Stephen Kliewer
Britania Latronica
Michelle Lee
Prianka Maharaj
Suzanne Manser
Arielle Marston
Mary Matese
Margaret McAleer
Michael Pecue
Karsten Peterson
Jeffrey Peyton
Kelly Ricketts
Marla Samuel
Geoffrey Scholl
Rachel Shepard
Michael Walker
Midori Ferris Wayne
Laura Wrzesinski
G Young

July – December 2018

OACBS Projects/Board

OACBS Special Election

 We are holding a special election due to two recent board vacancies.  We have nominees and will conduct the special election after the holidays.  We are looking to fill the positions of Secretary/Treasurer and a Student Representative.  A detailed description of each of these positions can be found on the OACBS website here.  Contact Shadee Hardy for information.

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

Women! – We are more than our stories

An article by Kyong Yi on women’s shared stories and moving past them through connection.

Also, remember there is the newer special interest group: Women in ACBS SIG if you would like to further explore gender issues in ACBS.

ACT in Context

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy podcast is back with a reboot starting in October with its first episode in years.  The most recent episode is with Dr. Patricia Robinson.  It can be streamed after logging into ACBS here, or on iTunes.

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Shared Features and Differences With ACT, DBT, and CFT 

Recent article in the Behavior Therapist by Jason B. Luoma, R. Trent Codd, III, and Thomas R. Lynch.

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, Sarah Verducci.

ACT BootCamp Bay Area

February 21 – 24, 2019 at Hilton Garden Inn Bay Bridge, Emeryville

ACT I Sacramento: Two-Day Introductory Workshop

March 29 and 30, 2019 at Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville

Evoke, Reinforce, Repeat: Enhancing the Creativity and Sensitivity of your ACT work with a Plain Language Behavioral Perspective to Clinical Work

April 12 and 13, 2019 at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic

Helping Patients Forgive: REACH Forgiveness as Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

September 28, 2019 at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic

OACBS Member News

Southern Oregon ACT Meet-Up

Want to meet and share enthusiasm for ACT in the southern end of the state?  Stop in January 22, 2019 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Medford Library, Carpenter Room.  Contact Sarah Verducci for more information.

Job Openings at Portland Psychotherapy

There are a few positions open at Portland Psychotherapy which may be of interest to OACBS members.  Information can be found here.