ACT World Conf III Experiences

Managed to squeeze into workshop program in the form of the workshop led by Steven Hayes & Lindsay Sawyer. Met and talked to Ross Leonard, New South Wales, Australia.

New Version of Togus IOP ACT Protocol

This is a duplicate of a post found elsewhere. I'm using my blog as a kind of bookmarking tool, that's why I put it under my blog entry. I hope this is not confusing to anyone.

Attached is the newest version of the Togus one week Intensive Outpatient Program ACT protocol. This is a significant change in that we have moved Self-As-Context to the beginning of the protocol.

This protocol is really done at the end of day 3 after "The Bus." We are required to do 5 days, however, for bureaucratic reasons.

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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."

Début du projet de recherche

Toutes les formalités éthiques sont complétées. Le recrutement des participants est en cours jusqu'au 19 juin.
Si vous lisez ces lignes, peut-être êtes-vous une des personnes à qui j'ai offert la mission de trouver des candidats potentiels. Si tel est le cas, ne vous gênez pas pour m'envoyer un message ou demander des clarifications sur mon projet!

À bientôt!

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.


Mindfulness 101 Handout

As I continue to do this work, especially in the primary care setting, I find myself paring down these concepts further and further.

Attached is a nice, simple, intro-to-mindfulness handout I developed. Hope you can find use for it in your work (and life)!

And remember, you must be logged in to see the attachments! (((gong)))

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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.


Positive press for ABA for autism

For many years, children with autism had virtually no chance for improvement of their condition. Then came applied behavior analysis, which is so successful that now tens of thousands of children receive these services every year. I just stumbled across this fairly well done media piece on how some kids initially diagnosed with autism are able to become indistinguishable from kids their peers after a few years of ABA work. Although the piece is a bit sensationalized and certainly many kids do not have that good of an outcome, it is remarkable that some do!

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.

ACT in New England List #9: May 2009

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1. Welcome
2. ACT Trainings in New England
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Functionally Speaking - A Third Wave Podcast #6

You might need some references for this version of Functionally Speaking. The intro alludes to a Washington Post article called [[|Pearls Before Breakfast]] which can be found at: that I found particularly condescending and is related to a series of posts on the ACT Listserve called “A Violinist in the Metro” from early March 2008.

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Functionally Speaking - A Third Wave Podcast #5

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8-page Easy Read 300 BC Can Relate Strongly to ACT

Just 8 pages of Hard & Easy Reading Can Relate Strongly to ACT!
Recently, we had an atheist come to talk in our 'Frukostklubben'
(the Breakfast Club) in our senior-citizen residence in Stockholm.
This did not draw quite as many listeners as our 'kioskvältare'
(block busters?): "Sex & Youth", "Arguments for Monarchy", Per Holmberg who came in from the airplane cabin and saved 158 lives landing at Gottroera, Sweden; or the protestant hospital priest, the Jesuit, the Jewish cantor, or the imam.

3rd try: COPY BEFORE you PREVIEW! sven (feeling smaller) //

sven (feeling smaller)

If you preview your entry and try to change it, you LOSE it all. S-->R //

// just means: The title says it all.
If you preview your entry and try to change it,
you LOSE it all.

Questionnaire for Act Therapists

Dear Act therapists,
I am a researcher from Portsmouth Univ.,carring out a research on the effectiveness of Act Group Therapy .
Enclosed a questionnaire which can help me as a pilot step to understand the attidutes of therapists towards Act Group Therapy and its components.
I would appreciate you taking part !

Miri Mor

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Free guide available to help psychologists write for the general public

For those in the ACT community new to writing book & articles for popular audiences, I've posted a free guide to a technique often overlooked, but very useful for helping readers stay with, understand, and enjoy what you’re telling them at each stage of your content. Professional writers often call this technique a “road map,” after the wonderful piece of crumpled-up technology still to be found in many automobile glove boxes.


Today is the start of my blog. I am sitting in my office having discussed the wonders of being a clinical psychologist with a trainee. I began to talk about ACT and found myself sounding rather evangelical. Still since I have become a parent I find myself prosthelsizing about many things. Since doing Kelly's workshop I have found myself in awe of the lives that the people I work with who am I to suggest how and whether things can be done differently. Those people continue in spite of adversity and I so admire them.

Colloque de sciences infirmières à l'Université du Québec en Outaouais

Je serai au colloque de sciences infirmières à l'UQO le 29 avril prochain pour présenter une affiche décrivant les grandes lignes de mon projet de recherche intitulé: Effet d'un intervention découlant de la thérapie d'acceptation et d'engagement sur le rétablissement de jeunes adultes présentant un premier épisode psychotique.

J'aurai sur place des disques audio à vendre, qui contiennent 3 exercices utilisés dans le projet de recherche, soient: la parade des soldats, les feuilles sur la rivières et pleine conscience corporelle (ressemble au Body Scan de Kabat-Zinn).

ACT in New England List #8: April 2009

ACT in New England List
Mailing #8: April 2009

1. Welcome
2. ACT Trainings in New England
3. ACBS Cosponsorship Update
4. New Online Content
5. ACT Interest Groups and Peer Consultation Groups Forming!
6. Attached: Flyer

E-newsletter attached in pdf file (if you are logged in).
(A flyer for White Pine Institute ACT trainings in New England is also attached.)

Otherwise, please click [[|HERE]] to read the posting.

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Entrainer l'Observation chez les Adolescents

Il n'est pas évident d'entrainer l'observation chez des ados. Souvent ils peuvent se montrer resistant à toute forme de pratique formelle des exercices d'observation.
Au cours de notre cycle de formation, nous avons repris la suggestion de Steven Hayes de proposer d'entrainer l'observation au moyen de l'écoute de la musique.

"Carpe diem" (harvest the moment) for people who stutter (PWS)

Reading about the concept of getting in contact with the moment (the now) completely reminds me of "carpe diem" as written by Horace, "seize the day." This is a motto that most of us may say yet very few insert within everyday practice. The following question arises: Is the idea to keep busy and thinking forward while thinking behind a self taught, genetic, or socially born and encouraged concept?

ACT Game, Life Manual and iView Handouts

Hello, Folks

Some people have indicated having trouble finding handout copies of the ACT Game, Life Manual, and iView. I have placed pdf files on my website:


Have fun!


Values, Unworkable Change Agenda, and Noticing Exercise Rolled into One Video

Hello to All:

The first of my videos is ready, it's called "Surfing Your Stress to Success." It's an "ACTraining" approach to everyday stress in these troubled times.

The video is the 70-minute stress "management" program that I offer to community organizations and such. The presentation has been very well received. Most people like to talk about the "Noticing Hooks" section of the presentation, but they also like the iView.

ACT in New England List: Seventh Posting, February 2009

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3. Online Trainings & Distance Learning
4. New Online Content
5. Other News

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Cognitive Defusion: Honesty and suffering?

As I've been reading about cognitive defusion the word "honesty" keeps creeping in my head and ears. It seems to be "honesty" needs to be a value that clients need to possess and believe in in order to for them to defuse and deconstruct language in their "minds".

Excerpt from "Do the Meditation Rock"

Follow your breath right outta your nose
follow it out as far as it goes
follow your breath but don't hang on
to the thought of yr death in old Saigon
Follow your breath when thought forms rise
whatever you think it's a big surprise.

(chorus: Do the meditation, do the meditation, learn a little patience and generosity, generosity, generosity & generosity)

- Allen Ginsberg, Christmas, 1981

Cognitive Defusion and Stuttering: Part 1 Coup of the cognitive words, dethrown the power that governs

I just started reading about the 'undermining of cognitive fusion' and can see the connections to behaviors that we all perform in daily lives (e.g., the avoidance of saying hi to a stranger because we think they, "What if I look at them and say hi and they look at me weird or like I'm stalking them, and what if they think that I am stalking them and call the cops, will they think I'm going to harm them in anyway, maybe I'll not even make eye contact to avoid any confusion of my intensions").

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