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 (, 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