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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)

Consciousness Is Its Own Broom

Suzuki reports the following curious exchange between Yun-men (a Zen master) and a fellow monk. When asked “Who is Buddha?” Yun-men said: “The dried-up dirt cleaner.”

To my analysis, this a rather profound response, although it doesn’t seem so at first. After all, Buddha as a dirt cleaner? What does that mean?

Creating Your Beyond

As a therapist in private practice my greatest joy is in working with people who are survivors of catastrophic violence and are ready to move beyond the trauma and the loss. It is amazing to witness the resilience of the human spirit.

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Can ACT and CBT be Merged?

It doesn't seem to me that ACT and CT are incompatible.  For argument's sake, let's assume that the two treatments can be merged in a meaningful way. If they can be merged, how would we go about basically integrating the different techniques (we'll save integrating the philosophies for a different day)? Well, some may argue that placing an emphasis on honing the ability to catch thoughts with the use of mindfulness techniques must precede the teaching of disputing irrational thoughts.  At first glance this seems logical perhaps because it is assumed that one must be mindfully aware of a thought before being able to dispute it.  I'm not so sure. 

Through cognitive restructuring, if patients are first made aware of the fact that their thoughts are irrational, they may have a better framework in which to do ACT work. After cognitive restructuring, they have not only identified which thoughts are dysfunctional or irrational, but have been lead through a reasoning process of why these thoughts are inaccurate. Now with a deeper understanding of why their thoughts are irrational and a clinically significant lesser degree of belief in the verity of the content of these thoughts, they could be in a better position to recognize which cognitions are best to defuse from.  Speaking practically from an ACT perspective, using the chessboard metaphor as an example, patients may better be able to identify the "black" pieces from which to defuse, while still being able to maintain self-as-context.   After cognitive restructuring and focusing on self-as-context, it seems to me that people have a greater fighting chance of being able to accomplish the very cerebrally taxing feat of letting thoughts float by.  In short, by first providing cognitive restructuring and framing the self as a container of both rational and irrational thoughts, increased understanding, use, and efficacy of mindfulness techniques may follow. 

Of course I recognize that "irrational" thoughts are not the only type of cognitions associated with negative or dysregulated affect.  There are a range of painful memories, facts, images, and maybe even manic tendencies with which disputation may not be particularly effective, and whereby defusion and mindfulness may be more appropriate; however, systematically disputing the cognitions associated with negative affect that are irrational before getting into ACT work may still generally be helpful. 

Thoughts?

 

ACBS Spotlight -- "Learning RFT": Simple, Coherent, & Highly Recommended New Book Targeting Clinicians But Useful to Many

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

My first reaction to this book is a simple and powerful: "FINALLY." 

Why, you ask? 

Jen Plumb TV interview on values and "The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy"

Jennnifer C. Plumb TV interview: The co-author of "The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy" discusses the ACT perspective on the significance and role of values in living life fully. The interview can be helpful as stand alone instruction or as a compliment to those psychotherapists/clients studying and implementing the wisdom found in "The Art and Science...". The interview can be found at www.contextualscience.org/free_videos

Kelly G. Wilson TV interview on anxiety and "Things Might Go Horribly, Terribly Wrong"

Kelly G. Wilson TV interview on addressing anxiety from an ACT perspective and his new book addressing anxiety : "Things Might Go Horribly, Terribly Wrong". The interview can be helpful to clients as a stand alone discussion of healthy ways to address anxiety or as a compliment for clients addressing their anxiety using Kelly's book as a guide. The interview can be found at : www.contextualscience.org/free_videos

Buddhism and ACT

In June 2010, I gave a lecture on ACT and Buddhism at the Interdependence Project in New York City.  You can listen to the talk by clicking here:  4 Noble Truths of ACT

A really simple, stripped down tutorial on Relational Frame Theory

This is really oversimplified, but might be a good introduction for some into Relational Frame Theory (I am not the author):

http://www.ironshrink.com/articles.php?artID=071227_what_is_relational_frame_theory_one

ACT TV interviews as psychoeducation: in-session and/or homework

ACT TV interviews with Steve, Jacque, Victoria, Robyn, Barbara and others have been helpful to clients in-session and as adjuncts to homework with Steve's "Get Out of Your Mind...", Victoria and Jacque's "Finding Life Beyond Trauma" and Robyn's "Mindful Couple".

Interviews address ACT in daily living, and with chronic illness, diabetes, substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, childhood obesity, relationships, etc.

Soon, interviews with Kelly Wilson on anxiety and Jen Plumb on values will also be available.

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.

Kevin

https://student.gototraining.com/6v8n2/catalog/109687771

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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Dogs Crow, Cocks Bark

Small Knowledge said: "Ji Zhen holds that the world was not created by anything, and Jiezi holds that it was created by something. Which is correct and which is wrong?"
Comprehensive Understanding, as reported by Zhuangzi, replied: "Cocks crow and dogs bark."

everything happens

and choices are made

Mind on a Range

At my epistemological best, I am a lucid dreamer, dreaming that I am awake.

At my epistemological worst, I am blissfully asleep, believing in a distinction between fact and fiction.

At my epistemological middle, I am the sound of one skull breathing and snoring.

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