November/December 2015

On-going OACBS Projects

OACBS Website

The Board continues to consider revisions and additions to our website, but we have decided that it is complete enough to open up to the public as our official website. To that end, we have submitted it to search engines for indexing. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Board with feedback or suggestions!

ACT Study Groups

The new round of free OACBS study groups is about to start and it’s not too late to join. We have five running this round, three in-person and two on-line. A huge thank you to Steffannie, Yeong, Ruth, Scott, and Leah who all volunteered their time to host a group. These groups are open to any current OACBS member (if you need to check your membership status, feel free to email Meghan Marty, your Member-At-Large). The groups will decide among themselves how frequently and for how long they will meet, but likely they will meet once a month or twice a month. If you see a group listed below you’d like to join, please email the host for that group ASAP to get info on when the first meetings will be held.

In-person Groups

  • When: Thursdays
    Book: Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency: A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice by Aki Masuda
    Host: Steffannie Roaché,
    Where: NE Portland
  • When: Saturday mornings
    Book: ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris
    Host: Yeong Keun Jeong,
    Where: Gresham
  • When: Late Saturday mornings
    Book: The ACT Practitioners Guide to the Science of Compassion by Dennis Tirch & Benji Schoendorff
    Host: Ruth Leibowitz,
    Where: SE Portland

On-line Groups

  • When: Tuesday evenings
    Book: Inside this Moment by Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson
    Host: Scott Rower,
  • When: Wednesdays at 6:15
    Book: The ACT Matrix: A new approach to building psychological flexibility across settings and populations  by Kevin Polk and Benji Schoendorff
    Host: Leah Schindler,

OACBS Bylaws Revision

The Board is currently working on revising the chapter Bylaws, refining our mission, and clarifying chapter procedures. We’re hoping to have these revisions completed and posted to the OACBS website by the next edition of the newsletter, in early 2016.

OACBS Interview with Steve Hayes, PhD

For those of you who may have missed it, current President Brian Thompson, Ph.D. conducted an interview with Steve Hayes, Ph.D. in September 2014. Dr. Hayes provided some really useful insights about building a local ACBS chapter, and about the development of the ACBS community as a whole. To listen to the interview, click the following link: OACBS Interview with Steve Hayes

ACBS Update

ACBS World Conference 14 Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions is open for the annual ACBS World Conference, scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on June 14 – 19, 2016. The deadline for symposia, papers, panels, workshops, and ignite sessions is February 15, 2016. The deadline for posters is March 15, 2016. Use the following link for more information and to submit:

Upcoming Professional Training

The opportunities listed below may be of interest to OACBS members. Please note, these events are not 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 email that information to Member At Large, Meghan Marty.

Member Spotlight

Joe RhinewineJoe Rhinewine, Ph.D.
Portland, OR

What type of work do you do? I do ACT with people with chronic pain, medical conditions, and general psychological problems.

What got you interested in contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, RFT, etc.)? I wanted something more effective and more broadly applicable than CBT, which even with a mindfulness component, I found fell short of my hopes.

What is your favorite ACT metaphor? Trying to stop an emotional response is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

Name your top 3 values. Compassion, Fascination, Fun

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Playing guitar and listening to music, spending time with friends and family.

What might other OACBS members not know about you? I speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Who, obviously. Are you kidding?

Anything else you would like to share? I have a YouTube channel of ACT-related, ‘edutainment’-style videos (enter ‘Joseph Rhinewine’ on YouTube to find it).

New OACBS Members

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

Jessica Lee
Katelyn Anderson
Jeffrey Borchers
Diane Potratz
Marty Miller
Steffannie Roache
Chia-Yi Lee
Rosanna Shoup