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ACT with survivors of torture and trauma of war

I am interested to find out more about ACT research being pursued with survivors of war and torture, soldiers as well as civilians.

If there are people with clinical experience of working with ACT for this special population I would like to come in contact with you.

Best regards,

Anna Grönberg

Stockholm, Sweden

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life Audiobook

Just downloaded the newly released "Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life" audiobook from Tantor Audiobook's website and I'm glad to have it as a companion to the workbook. I'm always excited when ACT related products come out that are made for laypeople / amatuer psychologists like me.

Inside the Male Mind: From Worrier to Warrior

Men's Health Magazine

by Paul John Scott

Posted date:  November 18, 2011

http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/worrier-warrior

 

Avoiding your fears just gives them more power over you. Learn the five keys to facing them, and tap into a whole new kind of strength
By Paul John Scott, Photographs by Peter Hapak, Posted Date: November 18, 2011

Care with Labels (2) – 'Non' Talent Management?

And so it came to pass that one day, having been considered ‘talent’ for most of my life, and having spent most of my energy on defending this ludicrous position, I eventually became known as ‘non talent’. Anti talent? Whatever, I did not make the talent pool in my next consultancy job, and it hurt.

I only found out there was a talent pool when some whipper snapper – who I had recruited – blurted out that he was on it. And what effect, dear reader, did this label have on my performance? Needless to say, I did not handle it well:

Care with Labels – Lessons for Talent Management

This blog post is from Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

Be careful with labels. That’s what Julian McNally warns in his excellent blog post: “Labels, including diagnostic ones, are only useful to the extent they enable constructive action”.

Finding True North: How to Clarify Values (part 2)

In my previous post I talked about the need to explore values and look for patterns across a number of different tests. That's because I am sceptical that there is a single list of values which covers every context. The best we can do is think from different perspectives about what's really important to us.

Over the years I have taken countless values exercises and tests. Below are some of the best and I've interspersed my results to demonstrate the variability involved - and the risks of doing just one!

Finding True North: How to Clarify Values (part 1)

I wrote this blog post on Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

Rachel wrote previously about how to get clear about values and that post helps explain how values can be tangibly defined. But once you have a clear definition, what then?

I've had huge problems defining my own values in the past and I've tried many, many different ways of doing so. I can bore for Britain about values. So what have I found?

ACT in the Workplace

This blog is from Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

So many leadership courses are based on the idea that to improve performance we must firstly sort our thinking out. So we focus on motivation, confidence, self-belief or ways of controlling or removing anxiety and stress. Sounds logical enough.

Mo-taphor

There are many great metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. But to the best of my knowledge this is the first Mo-taphor.

I'm growing a moustache as part of the Movember fundraiser for the battle against Prostate Cancer and Depression. Two great causes, and a great way to raise money. I grow a mo and look like a fool, and then people make a mo-nation in exchange for laughing at me and telling me how ridiculous I look. Feel free to laugh and donate here: www.mobro.co/camhs

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004M8S4Z4

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Steve jobs Speech.

My new offsite blog

Committed Action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb2YOg_dkQM&feature=player_embedded+

My blog in Spanish: Conductista en Perú (Behaviorist in Peru)

Some time, some day, I hope soon... I will translate it to English. 

http://conductistaenperu.wordpress.com/

The "Bull's Eye" in German

To all german ACT therapist here is a translation of the Bull's Eye.

Ich bin für Verbesserungsvorschläge offen. Bitte an mich wenden.

Viele Grüße

Hagen

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Laura Schenck, M.A.

I am a doctoral student of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College.

Please visit my blog, where I enjoy writing daily posts related to current topics in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Choice Theory.

http://LauraSchenck.com

Finding ACT metaphors

Hi all. I'm searching for two ACT metaphors, referred to in the protocol for treating clients with a comorbid developmental disability and psychotic disorder (written by Julieann Pankey, available on the ACBS webiste in protocols section). The first two metaphors referred to are Two Mountains and Dirty Glass. The text says to refer to the ACT handbook, but I can't find them in there, and I can't find them in the (fabulous) compendium of metaphors posted on this site by Colleen Ehrnstrom...Any advice greatly appreciated!

Uncertainty Training Therapy

Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, this explanation is a bit of a puzzle itself. But here’s how I make sense of it. A koan, once again, is an unanswerable puzzle. If we take it on, we begin banging our head against the wall of the unknown.

"Acceptance and Values in Addictions Treatment": ABCTV interview with Barbara Kohlenberg

Dr. Barbara Kohlenberg's ABCTV affiliate interview on "Acceptance and Values in Addictions Treatment" is now available at http://contextualscience.org/new_skills_for_living_act_episodes and the addiction recovery series at http://easeap.com/watch.html .

ACT for individuals with paranoia

I am interested in connecting with fellow ACT professionals who may have used ACT to support individuals who struggle with paranoia.

 

Frank

Do You Need Therapy or Just a Mind Adjustment?

Is a therapeutic method so unique that only the therapist in a therapist – client relationship, can use it? When asked this question some therapists will tell you that it is their education and training that make the method of therapy successful. Others may respond with “an untrained person won’t understand it”, “a therapist is required for therapy to take place”, or “a person needing therapy is at risk”. This article will offer a different perspective of therapy and ask if having a therapist is necessary

ACT Trainings in New England and New York, 2011

Full listing of ACT trainings in New England* and New York, 2011 (as of April 2011) can be found in this post and continuously updated HERE.

A 2-Day Introductory Workshop with John P. Forsyth in Moncton, New Brunswick, CA

As promised, I've attached pdf files of the slides I used during our workshop.  This is the complete set.  I hope that you find them useful.

Thank you again for showing up and being willing to climb inside ACT. 

Peace -john

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ACBS Spotlight: 'ACT is Evidence-Based' says U.S. government agency

In case you are wondering what this all means, here is a little background. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States government.

Full Time Psychiatrist or Psych Certified NP Wanted

Buffalo General Hospital's Trauma Department is looking for a Full time Psychiatrist or Psych. Certified Nurse Practitioner for our outpatient department.

Please contact: Marcella Brimo, LCSW-R @ 716-859-4813 for more information.

Powerpoint with some points reflecting ACT principles that can be used with clients

I am attaching a powerpoint if anyone wants to use it, feel free.

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Powerpoint

Powerpoint from my 2/4/2011 workshop (in PDF format).  I recommend the Powerpoint format as there are many dynamic slides.  A PDF is also attached though some slides will be a bit cryptic without seeing them in action or having them explained.

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Reflections and Dreams in the Windy City

Getting There

I’d been on plenty of planes before, sure never as far, but I’ve done some miles in a variety of metal birds that had varying degrees of air-worthiness.
So why today??
As I was being jostled along in a packed shuttle bus a crazy thought had jumped into my consciousness and stubbornly refused to go away.

“What if I have a panic attack???”

In truth this thought hadn’t really come out of the blue.
It had first tapped my shoulder a week before whilst sitting in the dentist’s chair and calming myself down in preparation for the yearly excavations.

Rascal Grin of the Original Face

I am a rascal grinning at myself in a mirror. (C. Jung, Red Book, p. 241)

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