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EABCT Helsinki, Sept. 2008 - slides

Here are the promised Powerpoint slides from my presentations at EABCT in Helsinki. To view/download them, you need to be logged in to a paid ACBS member account. (It can cost you as little as a $10, so it's easy.) Thanks, Steve Hayes

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extrapolation: getting ahead of experiential data

not so much concerned with people getting ahead of pilot studies and RCTs with their work - this stuff takes lots of time to get out to the public. it is more disconcerting that some folks appear to be extrapolating a bit beyond their own experience with certain interventions, clinical settings, and/or client presentations.

How we start the Weeklong, Intensive ACT program with Noticing

Attached is a Word file about how we start our weeklong (12 ACT sessions in five days) program. It describes how we use "Noticing" in place of formal mindfulness practice and how we start the noticing and keep it going.

Here is a list of the sessions we do:

1. The Set Up
2. Valued Life Directions (VLDs) (Tx Planning)
3. Struggling with Suffering (the unworkable change agenda)
4. Less Struggling with Suffering (willingness)
5. Noticing (noticing homework review from previous sessions)
6. VLDs
7. Less Struggling with Suffering (getting hooked and noticing you are hooked)

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Having Fun with Your Mind

OK, just in case anyone has the illusion that I don't give homework, let me offer some to the 1200 or so folks on the list. Here is a little homework assignment. Do you want to see how minds work? Or, would you like a chance for a little "pay back" for all the stuff your mind has done to you? Here is an opportunity to tease your mind. Woo hoo! Good fun! This is a sample from my forthcoming book from New Harbinger--Mindfulness for Two. Some of you who have consulted with me individually or have been to workshops in recent years will recognize the flavor of the exercise.

You is the problem

Yup, you is the problem.

What I have been doing: AC Training for Stress "Management" and Weeklong Protocol Write-up

I noticed that it has been some time since I posted to my blog. I guess I'm not much of a blogger. I don't know if anyone is interested in what ACT things I am up to, but if you are, here goes.

Therapist fusion?

I have been thinking about the applicability of ACT concepts to what has traditionally been called “counter transference issues. I wonder if sometimes we as therapists can become fused with the client’s fusion – accepting the emotions the client presents as realities rather than being aware that we are aware of the client, who is having the emotion, and aware of ourselves being aware of the clients.

Ann Arbor Study Group

A small group of therapists in Ann Arbor, Michigan are starting an ACT study group using the Learning ACT book. Contact Lauren Ungar laurenungar@yahoo.com or Diane McCarthy diane_mccarthy@sbcglobal.net for more information

ACT in New England List: Fourth Message, August 2008

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Mailing #4: August 8, 2008
Contents:
1. Welcome
2. ACT Trainings in New England
3. Online Trainings & Distance Learning
4. Online Audio Programs
5. Other Trainings
6. Next annual ACT/RFT event

Posting is attached

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cause and effects of suffering are blowing in the wind

"Wherever progress is measured in terms of technology and not in terms of right understanding, the perfecting of the machine rather than of man will be the guiding ideal." - W.Y. Evans-Wentz

"The Bus" handout

This is a handout I developed to introduce clients to self-as-context vis-a-vis the bus metaphor. It works nicely so far, and functions partly to increase willingness of folks to participate in "the bus" as an experiential exercise in group therapy or "taking your mind for a walk" type of stuff in individual sessions.

Feel free to use this in your own work. While no idea is truly original, and the content of the handout is of course borrowed, I will take credit for doing this drawing in microsoft paint, for what it's worth! :)

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a tool for ACT, the Babuschka

Hi everybody, I wanted to let you know of the existence of the Babuschka. It’s a tool that can be used in ACT. Vince Vijsma (artist/designer) and I have developed it to support the therapy process. The Babuschka can support the application of ACT principles and interventions. It can be used to physically embody ACT concepts. Each therapist can use the Babuschka according to what fits them and their client best.

In the attachment you can see some photos.
I would love to hear reactions.
What follows are examples of ways the Babuschka can be used within ACT:

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ACT in New England List: Third Message, June 2008

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ACT in New England List

Mailing #3: June 23, 2008

Contents:
1. Welcome
2. ACT Trainings in New England
3. Online Trainings & Distance Learning
4. Other Trainings
5. Reflections on the ACT/RFT Summer Institute in Chicago
6. Next annual ACT/RFT event.

Addendum: Resources for attendees at the June 20 training in Portland.
(…and anyone else who wants them!)

(Posting is attached.)

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Homepage

For latest news and upcoming events check out my homepage at:www.joannedahl.com

First entry

Hi all, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a clinical psychologist
in New York City, always looking for others who are close by to
talk to about ACT. I just attended the Chicago conference, and loved it. I'm ACTing out all over the place. And thinking of ways that I can
begin to consult with organizations here in the city using ACT. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Rob
drrobh@hotmail.com

A New Type of Training (both in-person and phone).

I recently tried out a new way of training ACT, specifically for the New England Vet Center Counselors in Mystic, CT. They gave it some rave reviews. Based on feedback I have included more practice for the trainees.

After the basic introductions, CEU stuff, etc. I explain that I am going to demonstrate how I go about Setting Up the Therapeutic Context for ACT (The Set Up for short). I then do that demonstration. It includes Informed Consent, the iView and the Life Manual.

Terminology of ACT

Hello,

I am new to this group.

Wondering if anyone would provide a glossary of ACT terminology so that I do not have to reinvent the wheel. I am introducing ACT to a class in the Holistic Spirituality Graduate program at Chestnut Hill College on Thursday Night. The course is the Spriituality and Psychology of Relationships. ACT would be an excellent overlay to the course.

Please help with a termonolgy handout if you are able.

Thanks so much.

Sharon White, SSJ, D.Min, LCSW

Adjunct Professor

Chestnt Hill College

ACT SI 4 workshop

Here are my slides for ACT SI 4: The slides for the two plenaries and the workshop. The workshop slides are similar to other recent workshops ... but I promised I would post them.

- S

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Ponderings about the viral nature of ACT

I had an exciting week at Togus and traveling to train Vet Center therapist in Mystic, CT. I noticed some things and wrote them up. They are attached.

Cheers!

Kevin

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May 23, 2008 -- London Ontario 1-Day Workshop With John Forsyth

Hi all -- Below you will find a copy of the powerpoint slides from the London ON workshop. Please feel free to review and use them. All I ask is that you not use or reproduce the content of these slides for personal gain, financial or otherwise. I give these to you freely to help you and those with whom you have contact learn ACT. The slides are a product of many long hours of tweaking. And, many of the slides contain image content that is appropriate for presentation and discussion, but not for reproduction because of copyright restrictions. I hope you understand.

Peace -john

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More Updated ACT Game Instructions

Attached are some new instructions. The main thing is that there is now only one client; the group thing just did not work out for us. (A group of therapists tends to create a client that is beyond help.) It's faster to just have someone quickly role-play a TYPICAL client, i.e., not the worst human being you can imagine.

For folks new to ACT it can be good the help the therapist group come up with flexible, ACT-like things to say into the context.

And always...Carefully attend to all the client is saying and doing while keeping the Target in mind.

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Updated ACT Game Instructions

Just to let folks know, I am going to update this blog as Jerold and I gain experience in using The ACT Game as a training tool. I will try to give you a taste of how we come up with an idea, try it out, get feedback, modify, and then try it again. That is the process we used to create the Togus Protocol...

So after discussing our Chicago experience with our grad students, post doc and Benji (visiting from France), we updated the suggested ACT Game instructions:

The ACT Game Instructions and "Rules"

By popular request, some instructions to get started playing "The ACT Game" are attached.

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Intensive Outpatient Protocol

Attached is outline for the Togus PTSD IOP protocol.

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The actView (the board for The ACT Game)

The actView was designed by Kevin Polk, Ph.D. and Jerold Hambright, Ph.D. as a training aid for ACT therapists.

It is used for case conceptualization and can easily be played as a game during ACT training.

If you have questions, contact Kevin Polk, Ph.D. at polkkev@gmail.com.

Kevin

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The ACT Set Up Session: Informed Consent, iView and Life Manual

6/10/08: I just fixed the iView instructions. Now you can move to struggle with suffering or move toward values. Before I had left out the word "struggle."

In recent months Dr. Hambright and I have come to realize the importance of what we call "The Set Up." With The Set Up we are establishing the parameters of the ACT therapy context shown in the "actView." Attached you will find three files, including the iView, Life Manual, and iView and Life Manual instructions.

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THE VISION (English version)

It was time to make a decision and he wanted to make the right one, so he had got ready everything carefully. He sat in the lotus position, in the most orthodox way, took a deep inhalation and tried to get the emptiness in his mind for he wanted to be ready for any intuition, ready for any light showing him the exit for the labyrinth of his life.

- I am open to the will of “my god” –he said as a mantra- I am ready to face my life according to my god’s will...

THE VISION (English version)

It was time to make a decision and he wanted to make the right one, so he had got ready everything carefully. He sat in the lotus position, in the most orthodox way, took a deep inhalation and tried to get the emptiness in his mind for he wanted to be ready for any intuition, ready for any light showing him the exit for the labyrinth of his life.

- I am open to the will of “my god” –he said as a mantra- I am ready to face my life according to my god’s will...

LA VISIÓN (Spanish version)

Era una decisión crucial y no quería equivocarse por eso había preparado todos los elementos con tanto cuidado. Entrecruzó las piernas y se sentó sobre los talones en la postura más ortodoxa de meditación. Inspiró con suavidad y, mientras exhalaba el aire, procuró hacer el vacío en su mente. Quería mantenerse abierto a cualquier intuición, a la luz que pudiera mostrarle con claridad la salida de su encrucijada vital.

- Me abro a la voluntad de mi dios –empezó a repetir como un mantra-. Quiero orientar mi vida según la voluntad de mi dios.

Functionally Speaking - A Third Wave Podcast #4

Another issue of Functionally Speaking has been posted at [[http://djmoran.podbean.com/]]

Chad Drake introduces you to the I.R.A.P, and Aki Masuda talks about stigma research and making ACT go international!

Have fun,

DJ Moran

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