Kevin Polk's blog

Finding the Secret to Successful Relationships

Here's a lesson about finding the secret to successful relationships using the ACT Matrix:

Be Well!


End of Life Care and the ACT Matrix

Here's a page about approaching end of life care using the ACT Matrix.

Be Well!


New Year's Resolutions: ACT Matrix Style

Here's a page about applying the ACT Matrix to New Year's Resolutions (even if you don't do resolutions.)

Be Well!


Unsticking Your Weight With the ACT Matrix

Here's a link to a page applying the ACT Matrix to weight management:



Putting Scrooge to the ACT Matrix

Here's a link to a page applying the ACT Matrix to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Happy Holidays!


Free Online Course: The ACT Matrix 101 by Kevin Polk, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

I just added a free online training course for called The ACT Matrix 101.

There are currently 7 Videos from Beginning to Advanced topics, including Functional Contextualism (FC) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT).

No worries, all of the lessons are based on the simple Matrix diagram. 

In the future I will add videos about how to use Matrix worksheets.

Just click below to sign up for free...

Free ACT 101 Video Course


I have posted a Free ACT 101 video course onto the web. You can click on individual, short videos (8 to 12 minutes), or watch all it at once.

Chapters include:

  • Psychological Flexibility (ACT) Model
  • ACT Poin of View (Functional Contextualism)
  • Learning Language (Relational Frame Theory)
  • The ACT Hexaflex
  • The ACT Matrix (ACT made simple)
  • Perspective Taking and the 3 Selves

Here is the link:

Webinars and Consulting Times with Kevin Polk

Through the fall I will be conducting weekly webinars on Tuesdays covering a range of topic. Many will be limited to 8 participants with a fee of $25.00 per person.

Also, I will have consulting times at 4 and 5pm on Wednesdays.

The webinars and consulting times are at this link: Click Here

ACT the Matrix Free Conference Call 11.1.11

We discuss a Matrix group and a bit of Evolution Science.


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ACT: the Matrix Free Conference Call "Automatic Mindfulness"

Here is the recording of the 10.25.11 call titles "Automatic Mindfulness"

The Psychological Flexibility Training book is on Amazon

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GoToTraining for the Webinar is Back Up

Hi folks.

I fixed the Go To Training signup page for the Webinar this Wednesday.

Thanks to those who let me know about the problem.


4-Session Weight Loss Protocol based on the Matrix


Matrix Life Manual: Newest Version

Hi Folks interested in the Matrix:

Thanks for all of your kind words in Reno!

Here is a version of the Matrix Life Manual. The trainee's name goes at the top. Values and Committed Actions (Toward) work is done on the right, Away (unworkable change agenda) work on the left using the Suffering and Solutions lists.

NOTE, NOTE and NOTE: There are no good or bad parts of the Matrix, there is only "Noticing the Difference between ____ and _____". All evaluations, including good and bad, are sorted (noticed as) mental experiencing. 

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Hi Folks,

I just uploaded a new video showing the basic structure of how Jerold and I assign homework.

We always assign homework and then review it in the next session.

We have 100% homework compliance.

Take care,


Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D. P.S.

Learning ACT through the Matrix and New (free) Value a Day Course


The recording of the March 31, 2010 Webinar titled
"Learning ACT through the Matrix"
is now available at [[]].

This was a slightly more technical webinar in which I established the Matrix
and also talked about Relational Frame Theory, Functional Contextualism and
the Hexaflex. We talked a lot about the target of ACT: Psychological Flexibility


The Value A Day email course has been updated. It is now more consistent

Sorting for Self as Context Video

For those who are interested, I just posted a "Sorting" video here [[]] in the Glossary section of the ACT by Numbers website.

Sorting refers to, "Noticing the difference between five-senses experiencing and mental experiencing; and noticing the difference between moving toward and moving away." The sorting is done from a distanced, self-as-context point of view.

Just email me if you have questions.

Take care,


Update to the PTSD IOP at Togus

Hi Folks,

Attached you will find a pdf for the new IOP format. This adjustment shows our moving "The Press Box View" from Thursday to Tuesday in light of program evaluation data showing we needed to ramp up self as context.

Take Care,


Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D.
PTSD IOP, Togus, Maine

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New Matrix Design

Hi Folks,

Over on he [[]] website (ACT for Personal Growth and Development) I posted a new Matrix design.

The big change is over on the Values side. Now a line goes from the Self (III) to a chosen value. A dotted line is a planned action, then the line can be made solid after the valued action is done.

The multiple lines over on the Toward (Values) side represents widening choices of actions toward values. The single line on the Away side represents restricted choices on the away side.

Take care,


Lesson 1: Moving Toward Unconditional Curiosity

Dear Colleagues:

Upcoming Webinar Announcement

Lesson 1: Moving Toward Unconditional Curiosity

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 4 to 5:30pm EST

This is a one-time Webinar lasting 1.5 hours.
Fee is $20.00
Register at:
You can pay with any credit or debit card.
After registering you will receive a PayPal invoice for the fee,
however, you don't need a PayPal account.

Oops! Yes, There is Values-Based Tuition for the Webinar

A couple of people have asked if "Values-Based" tuition is in effect for the upcoming Webinar starting Feb. 3. (They asked because I managed to forget to mention it.)

Yes, $125.00 is the suggested amount, but anyone can pay what he can afford combined with what she thinks is right.

I also fixed this in the announcements.

Take care,


Beginning ACT Lessons and Developing Improvisation Skills for working with Trauma Memories: Kevin Polk, Ph.D.

Beginning ACT Lessons and Developing Improvisation Skills for working with Trauma Memories: Kevin Polk, Ph.D.

A four-session Webinar February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2010 (Wednesdays) at 4pm Eastern Time USA

Limit of 10 participants. Suggested tuition is $125.00 (However, Values-Based tuition is in effect. That means pay what you can afford and what you think it right.)
Sessions will be recorded and available for download for paid participants.

Sign Up Here: Just email Kevin at [[]]

The Psychological Flexibility Warm Up on YouTube

Hi folks,

I created a video of me doing the psychological flexibility warmup. It's the set up for the Matrix.


If you can rate it and leave a comment, that would be great.

You can even sign up for updates. I will be posting the Values exercise soon.

Also, The Psychological Flexibility Blog is at:


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The Psychological Flexibility Newsletter

Hello Folks:

Just checking in to let you folks on the email list about upcoming training events. Also, my friend and colleague, Benjamin Schoendorff, just published the first French language ACT book. You can see it at


I will be facilitating a “new” Webinar in October called

Working with Trauma Memories using the Matrix.

This four-session Webinar will be held on Tuesdays at 4pm EST USA, October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

The Matrix Webinar will be Recorded

Hi Folks,

Several people were wondering if the Matrix Webinar will be recorded. Thanks to the creativity of Bob D., I will be taping the webinars so they can be played back at a later date. So if you can't make the 4pm Eastern time slot, then you can listen at a later time.

You can sign up for the webinar at [[]]

The webinar starts Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 4pm Eastern.

The fee is very flexible.

Join us if you can.

Take Care,


A Brief ACT Presentation Using the Matrix


Attached is a draft of a write-up of a brief Introduction to ACT presentation I do based on The Matrix. I also attached the handout for the presentation called MatrixLifeManual.ppt

As always, email me with any questions.

Take Care,


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Getting to Derived Relational Responding with The Pen, The Grid, and The Mix (new World Con Title)

Hi Folks,

As some of you know, my colleagues (Jerold Hambright and Mark Webster) and I have moved beyond the iView to The Grid to organize our sessions. The exercise that we use to set up The Grid is The Pen. After doing The Pen and setting up The Grid we can then use a cool intervention called The Mix.

The point is that my July 1 morning workshop at World Con should be titled,

"Getting to Derived Relational Responding with The Pen, The Grid and The Mix"

instead of,

"From Verbal Content to Experiential Process with the iView."

Kevin Polk's Webinars: Week of 5/31/09

Hi folks,

This is just a reminder about the webinars that are coming up this week of May 31, 2009.

If you have requests for specific content, drop me a line.

I have had one request for me do to an early morning webinar in my time, 5am USA Eastern time, for folks in other parts of the world. If you are interested, please drop me a line:


This week we will continue with the
ACT Enthusiast Webinar/Phone Call. Wednesdays at 4pm EST.


This Week's Webinars

Hi Folks,

This is just to let folks know what webinars are coming up this week of May 24, 2009.

We can have up to 15 people per webinar.

I am an ACT Enthusiast: [[]]
If you are an ACT Enthusiast and enjoy trading ideas about all things ACT (new clinical stuff, research ideas, etc.), this is your call.

Warning: This is a psychologically flexible call. It can take you to unexpected places.


Conference Call May 20 at 4pm

Hi Folks,

Join me for my first conference call. We will talk about any ACT stuff people want to talk about. If folks don't have specific questions, I will talk about the new stuff we are doing in my shop. Sort of ACT Gone Wild, Gone Really Wild!

Just use the link below.



2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial 218-844-4937
Access Code: 753-596-003
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 753-596-003

The Grid Replaces the iView

I wanted to let you know about a significant change to the Polk & Hambright Group ACT Protocol; we have replaced the iView with The Grid. As the people who participated in the ACT for Groups training know, The Grid consists of two discrimination tasks. These discrimination tasks were in the iView, but we were not explicitly training them. After doing both the iView and The Grid in groups, we tried dropping the iView and did only The Grid. Data and clinical observation agree that faster behavioral change toward values occurs with The Grid only.

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