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ACBS Official Newsletter, November 2014

Interview with Jonathan Bricker about new smoking cessation app"A billion people in the world smoke. And 6 million die every year from a smoking-related illness. Nearly half of the cigarettes consumed in the US are by people with a mental disorder. Yet, therapists rarely offer assistance in how to help their clients quit smoking and many don't even ask if they smoke or want to quit." In this interview Dr. Jonathan Bricker tells us about his new smartphone app which incorporates ACT processes to help people quit smoking. We asked him about the background context for its developments, the key features, and learn more about the challenges of this line of research. Click here to read the full interview.


The Sport, Health, & Human Performance SIG has been formed

The mission of this Sport, Health, and Performance SIG is to promote the practice and research of contextually supported interventions within populations seeking higher levels of performance. They aim to meet these goals by creating an open, collegial, and supportive environment for all members. Please see the Sport, Health, & Human Performance SIG page for more information and to join.

Q&A with Kevin Polk and Benjamin Schoendorff on the ACT Matrix

In this Q&A Kevin Polk and Benjamin Schoendorff summarize the ACT Matrix and discuss its benefits as a clinical tool. They go on to describe cases and settings where it has been used and where it is particularly effective. "Everyone has senses and everyone has mental activity. Everyone moves toward who and what's important and away from unwanted internal experiencing. Therefore, the matrix has already found its way into many settings far beyond the realm of ACT practitioners. Management consultants use it, teachers use it; sales professionals and more have found a use for noticing the two differences and deriving new behaviors to move toward who and what they find important." Click here for the full Q&A. If you'd like to learn more about the ACT Matrix please see the newly updated ACT Matrix page which contains a variety of handouts, videos, and PowerPoints to help you incorporate this tool into your practice

Prevention Magazine runs an article about ACT for fitness

Prevention published an article recently based on the work of Ivanova, Jenson, Cassoff, Gu, & Knäuper, at McGill University. In the study, a sample of women were either given ACT training or asked to engage in goal setting before completing a cycling task that gradually intensified. Those given the ACT training were willing to continue engaging in the task for longer than the goal setting control group. The magazine article gives readers six steps to incorporate ACT processes into their workout. This kind of article represents on way of getting CBS principles out into mainstream media. See the article in Prevention here.

ACBS World Conference 12 audio recordings

A variety of audio recorded symposia, workshops, and panel discussions that were presented at the ACBS World Conference 12 in Minneapolis, MN, earlier this year have been uploaded. Currently there are recordings for 19 different events, many of which are accompanied by PowerPoint presentations and/or handouts. If you were unable to attend this years conference or would like to catch up on the talks you were unable to attend this is a fantastic resource. Visit the ACBS 12 Audio Recordings page for more. Please note that you must be logged into your ACBS member account first before you can access the content.

Two new videos uploaded discussing the RFT of meditation and ACT for BPD

The RFT of meditation is a panel discussion with Paul Atkins, Dennis Tirch, Niklas Törneke, and Louise McHugh. The conversation centers around two main questions: 1) How does Contextual Behavioural Science/Relational Frame Theory inform your thinking about one or more of these meditative behaviours? and 2) Given that, what are the implications of CBS/RFT for either future research or the teaching of meditation? In Wise Choices: ACT for people with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, Jane Morton provides an introduction to an ACT approach to treatment of BPD symptoms that incorporates the learnings from trauma and attachment based approaches. It outlines a simple approach to case formulation and treatment planning and describes how to take a graded approach to teaching mindfulness, acceptance and defusion skills

See you at the Berlin World Conference!

This year's conference is to be held 14-19 July, 2015. Click here for more information.