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