January-March 2017

OACBS Projects/Board

Call Out for Board Nominations

Have you been looking for a way to get more involved with the ACBS/ACT community?

Do you appreciate what OACBS and ACBS have done for you and would like to give back?

Would you like to expand your network of relationships with like-minded, local colleagues?

We are officially putting a call out for nominations to serve on the board of Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

If you’d like to become more involved consider these officer positions that are open for this year…

  • President-elect: 1-year term (then automatically moves on to a 1-year term as President, then a 1-year term as Past-President for a 3-year total commitment)
  • Student Representative: 1-year term

A detailed description of each of these positions can be found on the OACBS website here.

If you know of someone who you’d like to nominate for one of the positions, please email me (bthompson@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com) their contact information and for which position you’d like to nominate them. Self-nominations are not only accepted but are strongly encouraged! Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 28th.

Non-Profit Status

The OACBS Board submitted paperwork for 503(c)3 non-profit status. If all goes smoothly, OACBS will be granted nonprofit status by June.

ACBS Updates and Listserv Nuggets

Women in ACBS – Update

It is our pleasure to announce the creation of the Women in ACBS SIG and invite all interested individuals in supporting our mission as we move forward into the new year (and election process!). Please review our mission statement below and if you are interested, join us in building increasingly equitable representation within ACBS. See full post.

And in response to a statement of support from Russell Kolts, “Yes, the SIG is open to anyone (including men) who would like to support our mission.”

Amy Murrell posted this response:

More recently – Amy Murrell posted a “Final Update” on the work of the ad hoc group in responding to Steve Hayes Call to Action. See link for the full post.

ACBS Board Member Election Results

  • Nanni Presti – President
  • Louise Hayes* – President-elect
  • D.J. Moran – Past-president
  • Andrew Gloster – Secretary-Treasurer
  • Amy Murrell* – Member-at-large
  • Jonathan Bricker* – Member-at-large
  • Maria Karekla – Member-at-large
  • Emily Sandoz – Member-at-large
  • Joseph Graddy* – Student representative

(new members denoted with *)

ACBS World Conference – Early Registration Ends April 7th

ACBS World Conference 15 is June 22-25 in Seville, Spain. There are also a number of 1 and 2-day pre-conference workshops June 20-21. Move quickly to take advantage of early registration.

Self Compassion Metaphors

A really useful thread seeking metaphors and clinical resources for self compassion

From Russ Harris – The Compassionate Hand Exercise

From Lauren Porosoff – the Failure Clothesline

Grounding Techniques

Some clinical goodies from Russ Harris in response to a post by Yamini Nina:

Click here for a free eBook on grounding in ACT (which I like to call ‘dropping anchor’).

In addition, here’s a 2 minute MP3 audio recording of ACT-style grounding

And here’s a longer 7-minute version:

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.

April 2017

Bringing Values to Life in ACT: Moving from the conceptual to the experiential

Jason Luoma and Jenna LeJeune
April 28, 2017, 12:45 pm – 4:15 pm
· Portland, OR.

The workshop will include a general overview of the fundamentals of values work in ACT (i.e. the “what”, “why”, “when”, and “how” of values from an ACT perspective). However, the emphasis in the workshop will be on identifying strategies for bringing the qualities of effective values conversations (e.g. vitality, choice, present-focused, and willing vulnerability) into the therapy room. The workshop will also provide participants with suggested strategies for addressing common pitfalls and difficulties often encountered in doing values work. Three CEs are available.

September 2017

Also, mark your calendars: ACT anxiety researcher and University of Albany, SUNY professor John Forsyth, PhD, the author of several ACT books–including one mentioned above–will be offering with his wife, Jamie, two 1-day training in October, 2017. 1.) ACT for Anxiety Disorders on October 27; 2.) Using Exposure in ACT on October 28.

OACBS Member News

New Practice Announcement from Magda Permut

Melissa Platt and I have moved into private practices in SouthEast Portland. We are on 11th and Division and are accepting new clients.

Our specialties are as follows:

Dr. Platt specializes in working with people who have experienced complex trauma and its effects, particularly shame, dissociation, and relational difficulties. She is skilled in working with populations that have experienced marginalization and oppression due to identities such as gender, sexuality, disability, and race, and in working with people who have experienced institutional betrayal.

(503) 850-0672

Dr. Permut specializes in working with clients struggling with PTSD and addictions, as well as related issues such as interpersonal relationships and emotion regulation. She also facilitates a monthly meetup group based on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy for community members interested in enhancing awareness, courage, and love in their lives.

(503) 850-2710

The Hank Robb Corner 🙂

ACBS Fellow and Oregon Chapter member Hank Robb, has some additional offerings for our community.

A four page handout on habits.

New OACBS Members

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

Robert Dickey
Belen Herreros
Arielle Marston
Robb Mills
Antonio Rodríguez Galicia
Allyson Souders
Carey Baumgarten
Charlie Knowlton
Erika Shearer
Vanessa Welch-Pemberton