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

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:

Peer Consult Groups in Oregon

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

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

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!

YarleneLopez Delgado