Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

Official ACBS SIGs
The official ACBS SIGs are listed as links at the bottom of this page. Information about joining a SIG is available on each SIG's page. 

What are SIGs?

SIGs are a group of individuals who have come together to further a particular topic of interest in scholarship, intervention development, or to promote a particular scholarly agenda within the society. SIGs provide an excellent way for members from all over the world to become involved based on their specific interests. SIGs typically form to develop, promote, and enhance the study of a particular topic or the treatment of a particular population, but SIGs can also be formed to help groups of members who may require special attention within the society, such as the Student SIG.

Who Can Join?

Anyone who is a current paid member of ACBS is eligible to join -- students, professionals, and affiliates.

What can SIGs do?

Each SIG has an email listserv on which SIG members can post messages.

SIGs have many options for activities, such as webinars, peer consultation groups, book clubs, monthly meetings, and activities at the annual ACBS World Conference. Here are a more suggestions.

Interested in Starting a New SIG? Click here to find out how. 

Calendar of SIG Events

Click here for the calendar of upcoming SIG, Chapter, and Affiliate events

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ACT across Cultures SIG

ACT across Cultures SIG

ACT across Cultures Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2020

Click Here to Join the ACT across Cultures SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information
Sindhu BS
Bangalore, India

SIG Leaders
Sindhu BS
Claudette Foley

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

This SIG hopes to grow understanding of psychological diversity among different countries and cultures. We hope to create a place where practitioners can feel safe to come together; to share resources, support each other and discuss the unique context and practice issues related to culture.

Mission/Objectives

ACT is being implemented across a number of countries around the world, with a diverse population belonging to various cultures. This SIG is aimed to:
(a) increase accessibility of resources to people from developing countries, and
(b) help build the competence of clinicians looking to deliver ACT in a cross-cultural setting.

SIG Activities
We want to connect and share ideas.

  • The SIG has its own listserv and we encourage you to post any questions you have about your practice, research or community endeavours using CBS.
  • Resources Page: low resource settings share similar strengths and challenges. Many of you will develop resources that could be very useful to others in the SIG, so please share and we will include them all.

We want this to be a great shared space, if you would like to join us and get involved in this SIG.

Description of Membership
Any person who works, researches, or has an interest in learning more about the integration of ACT across cultures.

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ACT and Autism SIG

ACT and Autism SIG

ACT and Autism Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2017

Click Here to Join the ACT and Autism SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Geraldine Panelli

SIG Officers

President- Geraldine Panelli
Secretary- Romina Burroso

Members at Large:
Brian Middleton
Sarha French
Maria Ucan

SIG Mission/Objectives

To connect people who work with people on the autism spectrum and have a passion for ACT and RFT. Given how niche the area is, we often struggle to find colleagues with whom to debrief and learn. It is vital that we are able to connect with each other to network and share resources. Of course, our ultimate goal is to assist and therefore decrease unnecessary suffering for the families we see.

Description of SIG membership

Any person who works, researches or has an interest in learning more about using ACT and/or RFT with autism spectrum conditions.

SIG Activities

We really just want to connect and share ideas. The SIG created its own listserv to share resources. The SIG will maintain a webpage of resources. We will also consider creating occasional worldwide teleconferencing for peer networking. There is very little available in this area but as we amalgamate our combined knowledge and experience, it is hoped we could eventually have more clinical trials to formally support the use of ACT/RFT with autism.

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ACT and Buddhism SIG

ACT and Buddhism SIG

ACT and Buddhism Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2024

Click Here to Join the ACT and Buddhism SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

Areas of convergence and divergence between Buddhist practice and philosophy and the theory and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Contextual Behavioral Science in general.

Mission/Objectives

The ACT and Buddhism Special Interest Group's mission is to foster and maintain a community for anyone interested in facilitating an ongoing conversation among SIG members about the areas of convergence and divergence between Buddhist practice and philosophy and the theory and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Furthermore, we aim to provide resources, support, and a platform for both newcomers and seasoned practitioners to explore how these two approaches can complement each other and contribute to the well-being of individuals and society as a whole. In addition to this, we strive to organize events, workshops, and seminars that enable direct interaction and learning opportunities for our members.

SIG Activities

We hope to explore possibilities for SIG members to interact with each other and the greater ACBS community.
● The Buddhism and ACT SIG will facilitate an ongoing discussion via the SIG's email listserv.
● Other activities might include SIG meetings, an annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference, and opportunities to engage in Buddhist practice together (e.g., meditation).

The Buddhism and ACT SIG aims to foster a deeper understanding of the common ground shared between Buddhist philosophy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). For example, we plan to host online discussion groups that delve into the theoretical and practical synergies between Buddhism and ACT, examining how principles like mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance play out in both contexts. 

Description of Membership

We welcome any ACBS member from any religious, ethnic, cultural, or racial background as well as individuals from the LGBTQIA+ and Neurodivergent communities with an interest in participating in conversations about Buddhism and ACT including:
● Non-Buddhist professionals working with Buddhism clients who wish to learn more about ways to integrate ACT into their work with these clients.
● Buddhist professionals who are interested in developing a greater sense of integrity between their personal Buddhist practice and the practice of ACT in their professional lives.
● Researchers who are curious about specific questions related to the relationships between Buddhist concepts/practices and ACT/CBS.
● CBS enthusiasts who wish to engage in in-depth conversations about the areas of philosophical compatibility between Functional Contextualism and Buddhist philosophical traditions.
● Professionals, researchers, and students with a casual interest in Buddhism who are curious and want to learn more.

 

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ACT and Judaism SIG

ACT and Judaism SIG

ACT and Judaism SIG

Affiliated 2020

Click Here to Join the ACT and Judaism SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Simcha Charnas
New Jersey, USA

SIG Leaders

Simcha Charnas
Jonathan Feiner

Mission/Objectives

Our mission is to create a community for anyone interested in incorporating Judaism and ACT into their professional practice including:

  • Professionals working with religious clients. These clients may face unique issues. These include the congruity of ACT with traditional Judaism. Also, unique to this population is how to apply ACT to religious practices.
  • Professionals working with all Jewish clients. These clients may benefit from incorporating concepts from the rich Jewish traditions. This may include the purpose of human suffering and the concept of a soul among many others.
  • Professionals working with Jewish or non-Jewish clients who wish to enhance their practice from the wisdom of millennia of Jewish traditions.
  • Researchers and students are also welcome.

Possible SIG Activities

  • SIG Listserv
  • Annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference
  • Maintain a list of SIG resources
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ACT for Health SIG

ACT for Health SIG

ACT for Health Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2015

Click Here to Join the ACT for Health SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Go here to join the ACT for Health SIG Facebook Group

2023 SIG Officers

Scott Charlton

SIG Mission/Objectives

The Special Interest Group (SIG) "ACT for Health" promotes the development of scientific evidence based protocols in the health context, in the oncological and in the palliative context, in the neurological setting (e.g. headache disorders, Alzheimer’s diseases), in the bariatric treatment, cardiac treatment, and in the surgical context. Moreover this approach has been successfully used for the training of the health workers.

Description of SIG membership 

Experts who are willing to share their knowledge and develop protocols in order to increase knowledge about the application in the field ACT of Health.

SIG Activities

• Annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference.
• Sponsor relevant presentations for the World Conferences.
• Maintain the ACT for Health Facebook group.
• Maintain the ACT for Health SIG listserv.
• Consider collaboration with other ACBS SIGs, to further develop research and clinical directions from this conceptual basis.

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ACT for Military SIG

ACT for Military SIG

ACT for Military SIG

Affiliated 2018

Click Here to Join the ACT for Military SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Doris Curry

2023 Board 

President: Tommy Parry, M.S., M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, LMHC
President Elect: Vacant
Active Duty Military Representative: Vacant
Member at Large: Dr. Rivka A. Edery, Psy.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M-RAS, CCTP-II

Member at Large: Aaron M. Keating, Psy.D.

Past President: Doris Curry, LCSW, RPT™

President Emeritus: Andy Santanello, Psy.D., Wyatt Evans, Clinical Psychologist; David Tubman, Clinical Health Psychologist; John Blue Star, Clinical Health Psychologist

Mission/Objectives

The ACT for Military SIG’s mission is to promote clinical practice, clinical training, and research of ACT and other CBS consistent therapies to alleviate suffering and promote wellbeing internationally among active duty military members and their families. The SIG seeks to do this through creating an open, collegial, and supportive environment for international clinicians and researchers with experience and/or interest in this area to learn, practice, and study ACT/CBS.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

The research and application of ACT/CBS for international active duty military members and their families.

SIG Activities

Listserv, meetings at ACBS World Conference, and a list of SIG resources.

Monthly ACT Case Consultation - 2nd Fridays of each month, from 12 - 1 PM Eastern.

Description of Membership

Anyone with experience and/or interest using ACT/CBS with this population.

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ACT for the Christian Client SIG

ACT for the Christian Client SIG

ACT for the Christian Client Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2015

Click Here to Join the ACT for the Christian Client SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

SIG Leaders Contact Information:

Chris Dowdeswell
Saskatchewan, Canada

Wendy D. Shoesmith
Sabah, Malaysia

Mission/Objectives

"The purpose of the ACT for the Christian Client SIG is  to support both religious and non-religious ACT practitioners who are seeking to attend to their Christian clients' unique spiritual values; to conceptually integrate ACT with Christian teaching, and to identify ways to apply ACT in a manner that is consistent with sound scientific and theological principles."

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

1) ACT as a means of treating clients
2) Integrating ACT with Christian teaching (e.g., identifying ways in which ACT is congruent to concepts within Christianity)
3) The clinical application of ACT in a manner that is acceptable to Christian clients and leaders
4) Supporting ACT practitioners who are working with Christian clients

SIG Activities
1) Review and discussion of literature
2) List of resources
3) Symposia, workshops, posters, etc., at ACBS world conferences

Description of Membership

Membership is open to ACBS Members, both Christian and non-Christians, who wish to learn more about how to help their clients. Researchers and academics are also welcome.

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ACT in Education SIG

ACT in Education SIG

ACT in Education Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2020

Click Here to Join the ACT in Education SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

SIG Leaders

  • Ben Sinclair (Researcher, University of Warwick, UK)
  • Jonathan Weinstein (Clinical Psychologist, New York)

Mission/Objectives

To share and explore the ways in which CBS/ACT can service the users of the various education settings (schools, colleges, universities, adult learning providers, etc.). This encompasses a vast array of ages, institutions, stakeholders and needs, but is unified in its focus on the unique practical and ethical considerations that such educational environments present.

General interest area to be specifically addressed by the SIG:

There are two approaches in using ACT in educational settings: reactive and pro-active. Group members may be interested in the approaches that may be considered ‘reactive’ such as in the counselling of adolescents through their difficulties, or in emotional/behavioural interventions for students. Others may be concerned with ‘proactive' approaches such as continued professional development (CPD) for educators so that they may embed psychological flexibility skills and mindsets in their teaching, or in technologies that support learners. The group with regularly revisit clearer distinctions and unifications.

This SIG may be of interest for:

  • Researchers or practitioners that have experience in an education setting, or those who plan to;
  • Education stakeholders (learners, teachers, counselors, support staff, senior leadership, principals/governors/superintendents) who wants to learn, teach or use ACT;
  • Anyone who values Education, Social Justice and Inclusivity.

SIG Activities

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ACT in Perinatal SIG

ACT in Perinatal SIG

ACT in Perinatal Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2020

Click Here to Join the ACT in Perinatal SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Jessica Punzo
Oak Park, Illinois, USA

SIG Leaders

Jessica Punzo, Co-Chair
Sarah Belew Cox, Co-Chair
Rachel Garcia: Secretary
La Chanda Moor: Diversity Chair
Katie Craft: Member at Large
Shiloh "Lola" Eastin: Member at Large
 

Mission/Objectives

The mission of the ACT in Perinatal SIG is to share and explore ways that ACT could be applied to helping individuals in the perinatal period, as well as collating/developing an evidence base for the use of ACT with perinatal disorders. Group members could consider preventative approaches (i.e. at a service level) to enhance psychological flexibility skills for staff, as well as women/birth partners. Whereas others might be interested in implementing ACT as a postpartum treatment.

General interest area to be specifically addressed by the SIG:

The perinatal period is from conception to 2 years old.

Possible SIG Activities

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ACT in Primary Care SIG

ACT in Primary Care SIG

ACT in Primary Care Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2014

Click Here to Join the ACT in Primary Care SIG and its Listerv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

2023 SIG Leaders
Dan Rosen

SIG Mission/Objectives

To connect professionals working or interning in primary care, and to incorporate ACT principles.

Description of SIG membership 

Professionals working or interning in primary care and incorporating ACT principles (e.g., medical providers, behavioral health specialists)

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

ACT as it applies to health related and primary care issues in the unique context of the primary care office. Coordination of care with medical and mental health consultants. Dissemination of information to medical providers about human nature, behavior change and a values based approach to patient care.

SIG Activities

  • SIG listserv
  • Meeting at annual ACBS World Conference
  • List of SIG Resources
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ACTing with Technology SIG

ACTing with Technology SIG

ACTing with Technology Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2014

Visit our website!

Click Here to Join the ACTing with Technology SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Join our Slack group to connect, share resources, and discuss

2024-2025 SIG Leaders

Dr. Michelle Barahman & Dr. Erika Torres
 

Anyone else interested in taking an active role in the SIG can contact us, as we can surely use any expertise and input.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by the SIG
Technology that has an ACT component as part of improving health/wellbeing. This includes, but is not limited to internet-based interventions, mobile technology (phone, tablet and apps) and dedicated devices.

Mission/Objectives
1. Promote collaboration, discussion and sharing of ideas between researchers and practitioners with an interest in applying technological solutions in the field of contextual behavioral science (ACT, FAP, CFT).
2. Informing the ACBS community of existing technology (e.g., Internet interventions, mhealth, apps, devices), and clarifying which of those are currently supported by research.
3. Promote the use of evidence-based technology, and inspire researchers and practitioners to reach larger groups of people with ACT.

Monthly Meetings
Meetings are currently held on a variable schedule. See our website to access the meeting schedule and Zoom link!

SIG Activities
- Annual meeting at the ACBS world conference.
- Email listserv
- ACTing with Technology SIG website

Description of Membership
Membership is available to all ACBS-members, and is particularly relevant to:
- professionals who would like to use technological tools within their existing ACT-informed practice.
- researchers developing technology for treatment.
- students developing/testing technology.
 

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Aging in Context SIG

Aging in Context SIG

Aging in Context Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2017

Click Here to Join the Aging in Context SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

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Contact Information

Susan McCurry
University of Washington
Research Professor
Seattle, WA, USA

SIG Leaders

Susan McCurry
Lynn Northrop

Description of Interest Area

Assessment, treatment, and advocacy for older adults in a whole person context.

SIG Mission

Our mission is to foster the use of contextual behavioral science to alleviate human suffering and promote wellbeing among older adults, including:

• Critically evaluating and challenging myths and stereotypes about aging and late life issues;

• Promoting whole-person assessments to understand aging in its historical, physiological, cognitive, and psychosocial context;

• Developing interventions and training tools linked to these assessments, grounded in scientific methodology and empirical evidence; and

• Encouraging social/political advocacy to stimulate consideration of geriatric issues in psychological research, training, and contextual science.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) study of successful/resilient aging, diversity and cultural influences on aging outcomes, efficacy of psychological treatments for elderly populations, the role of mindfulness and compassion in care and treatment of older adults, issues related to age-related psychological changes along the cognitive continuum, family and professional caregiving for older adults, late-life residential care transitions and adjustments, aging and homelessness, health equity for older persons, aging and spirituality, and death and dying. We acknowledge the broad and complex contextual factors that influence the aging process and welcome interdisciplinary perspectives and participation.

Description of SIG membership

Consistent with the interdisciplinary nature of work with older adults, we hope to attract a mix of colleagues from diverse clinical backgrounds including psychology, family counseling, nursing, and medicine. We also anticipate interest not only from persons directly working with older adults currently, but also from individuals who have aging friends and family members, who have experience with caregiving or late-life bereavement, who are concerned about social/political marginalization of older persons, or who are themselves not getting any younger and want to know more!

SIG Activities

We have a listserv and facebook page for communication with potentially interested members. Activities that have been discussed to date as being of interest for future SIG activities include: planning aging-focused presentations or symposia; facilitating aging-related workshops; participating in suggesting speakers for the annual meeting; coordinating grant efforts to sponsor a student award to reinforce interest in aging; developing on-line trainings; promoting research collaborations; sharing innovations related to assessment, training, care, or advocacy for older persons, and maintaining a webpage for research/publications.

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Applying ACT to Addictions SIG

Applying ACT to Addictions SIG

Applying ACT to Addictions Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2013

Click here to join the Applying ACT to Addictions SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Join us on Facebook (AAA-sig) where we have a less active (but still fun) presence. 

2023/2024 SIG Leaders

President - Cordelia Kraus
President-Elect - Suganja Sooriyakumar
Roster Manager - Ali Cooper
Facebook Manager - Gabriella Svanberg

Contact Information

Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC1
Consultant, Therapist
Private Practice
Portland, OR, USA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Applying ACT to Addictions SIG is to foster the application of ACT and CBS to the understanding and treatment of harmful substance and activity addictions leading to their alleviation.

Topics of Interest

We will develop and share better skills and techniques for the application of ACT specifically to problems of abuse and dependence on substances, and compulsive engagement in harmful activities. We will certainly keep abreast of current research and trends in the field of addictions. We plan to dedicate some energy to updating the practices used in addiction rehabilitation programs (both inpatient and outpatient) and addiction therapy and support groups to include applications of contextual science as well as other science-based techniques and practices.

Description of SIG membership

We are an international group of researchers, teachers, and therapists who see a rather clear connection between having addictions and attempts to avoid private internal experiences, fusing with some very unhelpful thoughts/ideas, and a disconnect from one's values.

SIG Activities

The SIG has met together at every ACBS World Conference since 2013 to establish a mission and carry it out. We have established both a Listserv and a Facebook group and we encourage every AAA-SIG member to join either or both. We encourage all AAA-SIG members to introduce themselves on Facebook and our listserv, and share their thoughts on where they want our SIG to go and what they are willing to contribute. The leadership team is listening. The AAA-SIG also maintains a webpage of protocols and research resources from which to draw.

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Asian Culture and CBS SIG

Asian Culture and CBS SIG

Asian Culture and CBS SIG

Affiliated 2017

Click Here to Join the Asian Culture and CBS SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

SIG Executive Committee Members

Kenneth Fung, Ph.D., committee member
Cao Hui, Ph.D., committee member, caohui@bjie.ac.cn
Yim-wah MAK, Ph.D., committee member, Yw.mak@polyu.edu.hk

Mission/Objectives

Asia is the largest continent with the largest population in the world. There is so much going on in this land and lots of contextual behaviors to be discovered and experienced. Due to some barriers, we may have difficulty finding like-minded colleagues within the ACBS. It is vital that we are able to connect with each other to network, share resources and, ultimately, make our land a better place to live.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

Facilitating to connect CBS researchers and practitioners who work in Asia or with clients who have Asian cultural heritage.

SIG Activities

We want to connect and share ideas with SIG meetings and presentations. The SIG will create its own listserv and webpage to share resources. 

Membership Requirements -

Any person who works, researches, or has an interest in learning more about the integration of CBS in Asian cultural context.

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Asian Culture and CBS SIG Executive Committee

Asian Culture and CBS SIG Executive Committee

Executive Committee Leaders (2022)

Kenneth Fung, MD FRCPC MSc FAPA DFCPA
University of Toronto, Canada

Cao Hui, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Beijing Institute of Education.
Majored in psychology and got the Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Research interests include ACT in the education context, such as improving students’ social emotional competence, and enhancing teachers’ mental health and reducing their job burnout.
Contact information: strogee@gmail.com 

Yim-wah MAK, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Yim-wah MAK is a registered nurse and registered midwife and obtained fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing in Education in 2012 and Community Health in 2014. She is also a former chairperson of the Society for Hong Kong Nursing Education. Dr Mak has been a member of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) since 2012 and is a founding member and leader of the Asian Culture SIG, ACBS. Dr Mak has over 17 years’ experience in providing psycho-social support to people with suicidal ideations. In the past 10 years, she has conducted training to parents, teachers and people who are interested in managing stress and promoting mental health. Her main work is clinical research in the areas of promoting psycho-social health and healthy lifestyle for healthy people and people with chronic diseases. Recently, most of her research is based on psychological flexibility.
Email: Yw.mak@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: +852 2766 6421

Houyuan Luo

CBS and Cancer SIG

CBS and Cancer SIG

CBS and Cancer Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2021

Click Here to Join the CBS and Cancer SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

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Contact Information

Amanda Rhodes (amandarhodes.acr@gmail.com)

SIG Leaders

Ana Belen Bautista Girona - Past President
Amanda Rhodes - President
Casey Walsh - Member at Large
Caitlyn Loucas - Member at Large
Jennifer Kuo - Secretary
Matthew Dwyer - Student Representative

Find CBS & Cancer SIG Training and Collaboration Opprotunities Here! (Email Amanda to add or update the list)

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Mission/Objectives

The mission of the CBS for CANCER SIG is to facilitate collaboration and exploration between all professionals, researchers, and trainees interested in the area of psycho-oncology. The SIG aims to further both clinical and research agendas by sharing materials and experience in working with cancer patients and their families while also designing, collaborating, and promoting novel research in CBS and cancer. The SIG intends to aid dissemination of these evidence-based approaches in psycho-oncology to CBS as well as the global community to relieve and provide quality support to cancer patients around the world.

General interest area to be specifically addressed by the SIG:

Psycho-oncology, contributions that we can provide from the development of writings, research, and everything that contributes to the study of this area of the clinic from CBS.

Possible SIG Activities

  • SIG Listserv
  • Maintain a webpage of relevant resources and information
  • Meet each year at the ACBS World Conference!
  • Sponsor and Promote at least one cancer related session at the ACBS World Conference
  • Promote workshops/webinars open to SIG members and the larger ACBS community
  • Promote spaces for writing, research, and collaboration in psycho-oncology.
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Children, Adolescents & Families SIG

Children, Adolescents & Families SIG

Children, Adolescents & Families Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2010

Click Here to Join the Children, Adolescents & Families SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Love social media?  You can also join the CAF SIG Facebook group.

Contact Information

2023 Officers

Chris McCurry, President
Sean O’Dell, Vice-President 
Leigh Swanson, Communications Coordinator

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

Research and clinical applications of ACT/RFT with children, adolescents, parents, at home and in school settings

Mission/Objectives

  • To promote rigorous empirical investigation of both basic processes and applications of ACT- and RFT-based work to children, adolescents, and their families and teachers
  • To encourage collaboration and mutual support of work with children, adolescents, and families through the development of an international community of researchers and clinicians in the ACT community
  • To foster communication between researchers and clinicians who are interested in working with youths and families through an active listserv and therapy consultation groups
  • To link this work to public health initiatives to foster nurturing communities for children, teens, and families

SIG Activities

Description of Membership

Researchers, clinicians, and students interested in applications of ACT and RFT to children, adolescents, parents and caregivers/teachers. 

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Climate Justice and Action SIG

Climate Justice and Action SIG

Climate Justice and Action Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2020

Click Here to Join the Climate Justice and Action SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Robyn Walser
California, USA

2024 SIG Leaders

Daria Suchila (president)
Martin Wilks (vice president)

 

Rationale: 


Climate change and ecological emergency, in the light of the degradation of the environment, extinction of species, and the expected mass climate migration, is one of the most important and pressing issues of our time. The contextual behavioral sciences can join the call to action by promoting theory and practice of behaviour change relevant to our climate emergency and its fallout. Our mission is to create a forum for discussion and action on the contributions CBS can make toward supporting sustainability, reduced consumption, climate justice, and action in the service of reducing climate change through individual, organizational, and public policy action. As such, the CJA will work to develop a perspective in CBS that understands global ecology as the context within which human (sapient) and sentient behaviour emerge and adapt.

 
Mission: 


1. Develop and inform our respective members of ACBS and the public about the climate crisis and its redress; performed in ways allowed by ACBS policy and emphasizing scientific research and consensus on its causes and short- and long-term harms, including climate justice concerns, and the need for immediate personal and societal action;
2. Collaborate with other organizations interested in similar work, with ACBS Board approval, working with indigenous and other marginalized communities threatened by the climate crisis, using the principles of CBS, advocating for their rights, mitigating the negative physical and mental health impacts of climate change, increase community resilience, and activate hope through action.
3. Encourage ACBS members and other mental health leaders to be vocal advocates concerning the necessary preparatory and responsive adaptations to the climate crisis and to invest more in research and practice in this area, including a focus on eco-anxiety and other mental health fallout; 
4. Advocate for universities and other entities to include the formation of CBS research and projects related to societal challenges due to climate crisis;
5. Use CBS to explore the development of public awareness campaigns to encourage individuals and communities to adopt behaviors to help prepare for, recover from, and adapt to gradual climate change and acute climate crisis events; Further, as a part of this campaign, support workshops, training, and contemplative practices related to climate change and the interrelationships of organisms and their environment (e.g., climate migration and mental health, “the ecological self,” etc.);
6. Encourage, whenever possible and through multiple avenues (including prosocial design initiatives), governmental, educational, health, and corporate leaders to use more psychological science in designing policies that promote sustainable, mitigating, and regenerative climate action. 

 

Forthcoming and Ongoing SIG Activities

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Climate Justice and Action SIG Newsletters

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Clinical Behavior Analysis SIG

Clinical Behavior Analysis SIG

Clinical Behavior Analysis SIG (CBA SIG)

Affiliated 2019

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Contact Information

President: Emily Sandoz
Secretary: Troy DuFrene

SIG Mission/Objectives

Applications of CBS (e.g., ACT and FAP) have historically been referred to as specific forms of Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA). Over time, however, they have developed as treatment packages in their own right, sometimes implemented and described in ways consistent with a behavior analytic perspectives (e.g., philosophical, theoretical, strategic) and sometimes not. The ACBS Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) SIG explores the ways in which behavior analysis can be applied to understanding, designing, and evaluating interventions that are primarily language-based (i.e., "talk therapies”) with limited appeal to middle-level terms or treatment packages. In short, the CBA SIG aims to support clinical work that focuses the systematic establishment of functional relations between context and behavior.

Applications of CBS (e.g., ACT and FAP) have historically been referred to as specific forms of Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA). Over time, however, they have developed as treatment packages in their own right, sometimes implemented and described in ways consistent with a behavior analytic perspectives (e.g., philosophical, theoretical, strategic), and sometimes not. The ACBS Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) SIG explores the ways in which behavior analysis can be applied to understanding, designing, and evaluating interventions that are primarily language-based (i.e., "talk therapies”) with limited appeal to middle-level terms or treatment packages. In short, the CBA SIG aims to support clinical work that focuses the systematic establishment of functional relations between context and behavior.

The CBA SIG serves as a nexus for psychotherapist, counselors, behavior analysts, and other professionals (or aspiring professionals) invested in developing CBA as a basis for clinical conceptualization, intervention, and evaluation independent of particular treatment packages. The CBA SIG connects individuals with this common interest, supports the synergy of research projects in this area, and strengthens our common commitment to CBA as a progressive and important part of the behavioral health profession.

Description of SIG membership:

CBA SIG membership consists of behavior analysts, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other behavioral health professionals and students training for these fields who share a common commitment to behavior analysis as a primary clinical intervention for language-able individuals. Members will be connected through the website clinicalbehavioranalysis.com.

Describe SIG activities:

Community

Coaching SIG

Coaching SIG

Coaching Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2012

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Contact Information

Michael Herold

Aprilia West

 

Mission Statement

The Coaching SIG will provide opportunities for coaches to access relevant resources and materials and to network within the ACBS community in all areas, including research, education, job opportunities, consultation, program development, and supervision. In this SIG, coaches who have integrated ACT principles and practices into their work or are interested in learning how to do so can come together to share information, ask questions, receive support, and strengthen their practice. An additional focus of this SIG will be to ensure that ACT-based coaching is addressed in symposia, panels, workshops, and trainings at ACBS world, regional, and local conferences.

 

Description of SIG membership

This SIG will be comprised of ACBS members in good standing who are interested in coaching and are committed to integrating ACT principles and practices in their work.

 

SIG Activities

• Virtual Networking Meetings
• Virtual Workshops and Masterclasses
Coaching SIG Listserv
Facebook group
• Hold Coaching SIG meetings at ACBS Annual World Conference
Coaching SIG Resources webpage

 

Promotions via this SIG

This SIG is not in favor of promotions, especially self-promotion (aka "buy my course", "register for my workshop"), through it's platforms.
However, the SIG also recognises the need to spread information about new products, training abilities, resources, etc.
As a workable compromise, we therefore ask that any promotional posts or messages
a) be limited to Mondays
b) must be related to ACT or Coaching (preferably both)

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College/University Student Mental Health SIG

College/University Student Mental Health SIG

College/University Student Mental Health Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2014

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Contact Information

Megan Mayo, Vermont, USA

SIG Mission/Objectives

Our mission is to establish a community of professionals who share an interest in a) ACT/RFT/CBS and b) college/university student and/or college/university campus mental health for the purpose of mutual consultation on clinical, research, and educational matters.

We are working to achieve the following objectives:
a) Create a supportive, respectful, and fun international community of professionals to foster discussions and collaborations.
b) Increase our effectiveness in the delivery of ACT/mindfulness to college/university students.
c) Improve our methodology in researching college/university students/college campuses.
d) Remain abreast of new developments in the area of ACT/RFT/mindfulness with college/university students.
e) Have a deeper understanding of how ACT/RFT/CBS can contribute to preventing mental health problems and increasing resilience in college students or bettering their lives.
f) Have a deeper understanding of how ACT/RFT/CBS can be applied specifically to the developmental and cultural perspectives of college/university students in the current campus climate.

Both the mission and the objectives are reviewed on an annual basis, in order to keep the document alive and applicable to the changing context of mental health issues in higher education.

Description of SIG membership 

The SIG is composed of clinicians, researchers, and educators who:
a) work at a College/University Counseling Center or Health Center and/or
b) work with college students in other Student Affairs offices and/or
c) conduct research on the mental health of college students and/or
c) primarily work with college students in their private practice and/or
d) consult regularly with college campuses on mental health issues

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

College/University students' mental health and/or mental health issues impacting higher education campuses across the world

SIG Activities

- Listserv
- Annual Meeting at the ACBS conference
- Maintaining a list of SIG Resources on the ACBS website.
- Organize presentations on this topic at the ACBS annual conference

Jacqueline Pis…

Compassion Focused SIG

Compassion Focused SIG

Compassion Focused Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2013

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Contact Information

Laura SIlberstein-Tirch, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy
New York, NY, USA

SIG Leaders

Laura Silberstein-Tirch, co-chair
Dennis Tirch, co-chair 
Russell Kolts, co-chair 

Description of Interest Area

The main focus of this SIG parallels the ACBS mission statement in that it is dedicated to the advancement of compassion focused science and practice so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being. It is clear that the Contextual Behavioral Science movement, functional contextualist philosophy, RFT research and ACT and FAP clinical applications all can expand and refine our science of compassion. The account of perspective taking, empathy and compassion that continues to evolve within the CBS community can allow us to understand compassion with increasing clarity, which allows us to frame scientific, testable questions. This can allow us to develop more effective ways to shape and train compassion and compassion in the context of therapy. Beyond this, the idea of applying CBS and EvoS principles to the creation of more functional and compassionate groups and societies continues to grow within the ACBS community.

SIG Mission

To promote the alleviation of human suffering through the continued scientific investigation, understanding and application of compassion via:

1. Creating an accepting, active, values based compassion focused group of “researchers, educators, and practitioners who will work in a collegial, open, self-critical, non-discriminatory, and mutually supportive way that is effective in producing valued outcomes”.
2. Helping to identify researchers and others who have a specific interest in the scientific study of compassion and its underlying processes, and facilitate communication and interchange between them, while balancing “practical application and empirical knowledge.”
3. Supporting research and teaching of the compassion focused approaches to human difficulties with the continued use and “development of basic principles, workable applied theories linked to these principles, effective applied technologies based on these theories, and successful means of training and disseminating these developments, guided by the best available scientific evidence”
4. Facilitating open discussion on how to further promote a compassionate focus in many domains of the ACBS community and further dissemination and training by conducting workshops, research and sponsored talks about compassion focused research and therapy.

Description of SIG membership 

In the interest of fostering inclusion, as a part of the values of ACBS, this is SIG open to any ACBS members, including students, researchers, clinicians, scientists and trainers.

SIG Activities

Business meeting at annual World Conference, sponsor sessions or posters at annual World Conference, listserv, Facebook group, and the SIG Resources webpage.

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Contextual Philosophy of Science SIG

Contextual Philosophy of Science SIG

Contextual Philosophy of Science Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2016

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Contact Information

Conor McCloskey

SIG Leaders

President Elect - Jose Moreno

President - Conor McCloskey

President Emeritus - Hugh Simonich

 

Mission

The Contextual Philosophy of Science Special Interest Group (CPOS SIG) seeks to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being by actively fostering discussion and learning opportunities for the CBS community on the topic of how the processes, practices, and products of philosophy interact with and set a context for human activities – particularly those activities involved in progressive knowledge development, scientific inquiry, and evidence-based psychosocial practices.

Objectives

To promote education, dialogue, and publication regarding the role of philosophy in human inquiry and psychosocial practices, explore interpretations and implications of functional contextualism and related worldviews, build bridges with communities and scholars who share an interest in pragmatism and contextualism.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

Philosophy of Science, generally, and Functional Contextualism, specifically.

SIG Activities

Description of Membership

Membership in the CPOS SIG is open to all interested members of the ACBS community.

Leadership Structure

SIG leadership operates on a rolling basis with a new President Elect being elected by SIG members anually each summer

Chris Dowdeswell

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SIG

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SIG

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SIG

Affiliated 2019

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Contact Information

Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC
Private Practice
Licensed Professional Counselor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nathaniel Chua, MA
Private Practice
Quezon City, Philippines

Current SIG Leaders
Jacob Martinez - Chair
Nathaniel Chua - Co-Chair
Jennifer Payne - Past Chair
Daniel Johnson - Member at Large
Jason Luoma - Outreach Coordinator
Melissa Connally - Values Advisor
Sandro Voi - Wunderkind

Mission/Objectives:
ACBS is an international organization which values understanding human behaviour within contexts. In order to fulfill this vision, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) SIG aims to help members with different backgrounds share their perspectives within the organization through
different channels, including but not limited to access to leadership, organizing and/or attending professional activities (e.g., World Conference, regional conference, etc.), communicating with people with different backgrounds, and initiating DEI-related activities. We endorse a broad definition of different backgrounds, including but not limited to nationality, professional discipline and setting, age and generational influences, gender identity and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion and spiritual orientation, and disability.

Definition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity - psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals. Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, veteran status, genetic information and learning styles. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple identities. A diverse group, community, or organization is one in which a variety of social and cultural characteristics exist.

https://www.uh.edu/cdi/diversity_education/resources/pdf/terms.pdf

https://independentsector.org/resource/why-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-matter/

Equity - The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups. https://diversity.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/admin_strategic_planning_toolkit_final.pdf

Inclusion - Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power. http://www.racialequityresourceguide.org/about/glossary

General interest area to be specifically addressed: 
We would like to create a more inclusive community that is sensitive to diverse personal and professional backgrounds and their perspectives, experiences, and insights. To do this, we will engage with as many members as possible and work together.

SIG activities:
We have created our own listserv, Youtube channel, blog, Voice & Values podcast and resources webpage to share resources and perspectives.  Some of our activities include sponsoring symposium or panel discussion at the ACBS World Conference, conducting surveys on underrepresented members, engaging with underrepresented members, and initiating DEI-related activities throughout the year, especially during the World Conference.

Describe the SIG's membership:
Any person who has an interest in facilitating diversity, equity, inclusion, and related justice concerns within ACBS. This SIG works closely with the DEI Committee and will further engage with the larger community to include more members. We expect the membership will increase steadily in the future.

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DEI SIG Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

DEI SIG Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Houyuan Luo

DEI SIG Leadership Team

DEI SIG Leadership Team

Members are listed based on the alphabetical order of their first name

 

  Dr. Jennifer Shepard Payne

Jennifer Shepard Payne, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (Los Angeles County, California). She received her doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Affairs and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience in mental health clinical practice and administration. She is also the Founder of DTG Counseling and Consulting, a private practice where she provides ACT-based therapy and social services to ministers and church-based laity (www.dtgcounseling.com). She is the Principal Investigator of the Urban Pastor's Project and the Clergy Depressive Counseling Survey, two studies that obtained data from pastors about their beliefs and treatment practices surrounding depression and mental health. Her research interests include developing culturally tailored community-based depression and trauma interventions and addressing minority mental health disparities.

Houyuan Luo

DEI SIG Newsletters

DEI SIG Newsletters Community

DEI Trainer/Researcher/Guest Directory

DEI Trainer/Researcher/Guest Directory

The diversity, equity, and inclusion committee of the ACBS has created a directory where trainers, researchers, and otherwise knowledgeable folks in the field who offer services such as workshops, trainings, consultations, podcast interviews, etc. can be found. We want this space to highlight the typically underrepresented members of the ACBS community. This directory is welcoming and inclusive.

https://contextualscience.org/dei_trainerresearcherguest_directory

Community

List of DEI Resources & Trainers

List of DEI Resources & Trainers

The DEI SIG has put together a list of resources and professionals who offer DEI related work.

If you are looking for a professional to provide DEI help for your group or program this list may help orient you to an individual or service. We do not specifically endorse any listed person or program on this list, and encourage you to research & inquire more about specific services provided.

Resources List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/146EvzKceR-1wo2jUTqG7nueud2M9btnxsya3o26edNY/edit?usp=sharing

Jacob Martinez

Writing Workshop Group

Writing Workshop Group

The DEI SIG will be continuing our successful peer led Writing Workshop meetings with a new schedule and format beginning in January 2022.

Please read the following carefully, as it contains important information:

Schedule:

Submissions are now closed for the ACBS Worldcon. We will meet again in the future.

Format:

The purpose of these sessions is to help draft submissions to the 2022 ACBS Conference, with specific focus on helping members brainstorm ideas, and clarify working titles, abstracts, and other written submission materials.

All sessions are peer led, with a main room for general discussion related to writing, brainstorming, and other topics related to conference submission.

Members may break off into breakout rooms to share & receive feedback on drafts of conference related materials such as Titles, Abstracts, and 1-2 Presentation Slides.

Feedback will be focused only on Clarity (ex: Does this title clearly state the function/purpose of this submission?), Relevance to CBS (ex: Does this abstract clearly demonstrate relevance to CBS?), and Grammar/Spelling.

Please share with those who might benefit,

Jacob Martinez, LPC

Jennifer Payne, PhD. LCSW

Jacob Martinez

Evolution Science SIG

Evolution Science SIG

Evolution Science SIG          

Affiliated 2012

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What happens in EvoSSIG?

Many things

We have worked to put EvoSci into the day to day thinking of members of ACBS.

For a recent example look at the recommendations of the the ACBS Task Force on the Strategies and Tactics of Contextual Behavioral Science Research (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.03.007) which is chock full of EvoSci linked recommendations.
 

Another is that each year for many years we have helped to recruit major speakers from the Evolutionary Sciences to present at the ACBS World Conference. 

Example include Eva Jablonka on epigenetics (Sydney, July 2013). Find some information here==>Christine Caldwell on cultural evolution (Dublin, 2019), Peter Turchin on cultural evolution (Montreal, 2018); Paul Gilbert on compassion and evolution (Seville, 2017), Frans de Waal on the evolution of cooperation in primates (Seville, 2017), David Sloan Wilson on evolution for everyone (Seattle, 2015; Minneapolis, 2013), Susan Schneider on the evolutionary impact of operant learning (Minneapolis, 2013) and many others.

The ACBS in a partner with The mission of the Evolution Institute is to use evolutionary science to improve the human condition and solve real-world problems – bringing together experts from various fields to inform public policy with the latest research.

Contact Information:

 

Resources:

Please click here to access some EvoS SIG resources.

Graciela

Forensic and Corrections SIG

Forensic and Corrections SIG

Forensic and Corrections SIG

Affiliated 2015

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Contact Information

Amie Zarling, Ph.D.
Research/University Faculty
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa, USA 

SIG Mission/Objectives

The Forensic and Corrections SIG is a professional workgroup dedicated to using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as the core therapeutic approach to treating behavioral health problems in forensic and corrections settings. The mission of the group is to (a) generate knowledge of effective care, treatment, and services in the context of forensic and corrections settings and individuals’ characteristics, culture, and preferences; (b) apply knowledge to provide quality care, treatment, and services to help individuals achieve values-based outcomes in a supportive environment; (c) integrate knowledge of complementary care, treatment, and services to promote whole-person recovery, wellness, and growth; (d) translate knowledge into professional practices and ACT programs responsive to the needs of individuals; and (e) communicate knowledge through educational programs that provide understanding of ACT, develop and prepare human service providers to deliver ACT-informed care, treatment, or services in forensic and corrections settings.

General interest area to be specifically addressed by this SIG:

The International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS) estimates more than 10.2 million people worldwide are currently incarcerated as pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners, or sentenced prisoners. This staggering number is even more poignant when you consider half of the world’s prisoners are in the United States (2.24 million), China (1.64 million), and Russia (0.68 million). If the number of pre-trial/ “administrative” detainees in China and North Korea were included, world total would exceed 11 million (2013).

In spite of the staggering number of incarcerates and the escalating costs to governments worldwide, the issue of treating mental illness in forensic and correctional settings becomes a solemn focal point. When you consider the prevalence of psychiatric disorders inherent in this population (e.g., psychosis, depression, personality disorders, and substance abuse) and increased suicide rates (Fazel & Seewald, 2010), the need to address mental illness in these settings becomes a global concern for the mental health community.

The belief that “nothing works” in treating incarcerates (Martinson, 1974) has permeated many correctional and forensics staff who feel any change efforts are pointless based on a client’s deeply rooted cognitive distortions and maladaptive coping strategies shaping criminal behavior. Consequently, incarcerates with mental illness are often under-served and the stigmatization of those with mental illness has continued costs.

Evidence is mounting that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) represents an intervention that is well suited to address the wide variety of mental health needs of individuals in forensic and correctional settings (Villagrá Lanza, P. & González Menéndez, A., 2013; Villagrá Lanza, P. et al., 2014; Brillhart, 2010).

Description of SIG membership 

This SIG will target the membership of individuals working in forensic settings such as jails, hospitals (and other forms of civil commitment), prisons, and community corrections. In addition, it will include public safety professionals (e.g., police officers, service members, veterans, firefighters, EMTs, correctional officers, paramedics, etc.). Those ACBS members simply interested in the areas above and want to learn more will be welcomed to join, as well.

SIG Activities

To begin with, a listserv will be created in order to carry-out the mission statement described above. The listerv will foster communication across individuals that share a common interest which will generate support and the dissemination of practices.  The SIG also has a SIG Resources webpage.

Levinschwartz

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) SIG

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) SIG

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) SIG

Affiliated 2013

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Contact Information

Amanda Muñoz Martínez

Current Officers

Amanda Muñoz – President
Priscila Rolim – Secretary
Oscar Cordoba – Student representative
Daniel Maitland – VP of Media Relations
Juan Pablo Coletti- VP of Clinical Practice

Mission Statement
To contribute to the alleviation of human suffering through providing a forum in which practitioners and researchers interested in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) can share in their research, teaching, learning and practice of FAP.

Goals
1. Build and connect a community of FAP-interested therapists, researchers, and trainers within ACBS. Encourage the community to work together in a way that embodies awareness, courage, love and behaviourism. (i.e., being collaborative and supportive, whilst aiming to bring out the best in each other).
2. Increase awareness of FAP within ACBS. Assist in highlighting FAP research and work to provide opportunities for FAP training and consultation.
3. Provide opportunities to explore the overlap and integration of FAP with other therapies and theories, with a particular emphasis on ACT/RFT.
 
Description of SIG membership
Any member of ACBS who has an interest in FAP is welcome to join.
 
SIG Activities
1. Hold an annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference.
2. Submit FAP SIG news items to the ACBS newsletter.
3. Stimulate interest in FAP research.
4. Continue to encourage a strong FAP presence at the ACBS World Conference; assist in organising submissions for workshops, panel discussions, symposia, etc.
5. Maintain a list of FAP SIG Resources
Stavroula Sanida

Gender and Sexual Diversity SIG

Gender and Sexual Diversity SIG

Gender and Sexual Diversity SIG

Affiliated 2013

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You can also join our Facebook group here!

Contact Information

Co-chairs: Janani Vaidya (they/them) and Michael May (he/they)
Administrative manager: OPEN
Members at Large: OPEN
Student Representatives: LaGriff Griffin (they/them)
Advocacy/Media Outreach: Hana-May Eadeh (they/them)
Social Coordinator: OPEN

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

The Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) SIG will focus on the following areas but is not limited to, building a supportive environment for GSD providers, researchers, scholars, and students within ACBS; to better understand issues of sexual orientation, gender diversity, and sexual minority communities including queer and trans people of color; applying contextual science to increase understanding of contexts that foster acceptance and alleviate heterocentrism, cissexism, transphobia, racism, and white supremacy. The group will also work to cultivate and maintain a safe atmosphere for GSD individuals to network, meet, and discuss their work at the annual conference of ACBS. Future goals include creating spaces for education, connection, and active projects to promote social change.

Mission Statement

The GSD SIG is oriented to better understand the role of contextual behavioral science in the unique experiences of GSD people and the role it can play in fostering acceptance, self-compassion, and well-being. We are also focused on using contextual behavioral science to promote values-directed change and recognizing the discomfort of our own experiences of heterosexism, transphobia, cissexism, racism, classism, ableism, and white supremacy. We plan to work at the intersection of several identities to dismantle and challenge the structures that continue to oppress and maintain the marginalization of GSD people from all communities and nationalities.


GSD people are often exposed early in life to cisgender, heterocentric cultures that marginalize, shame, and criminalize gender diversity and sexual diversity. Successful advocacy, activism, training, and research are required to help develop cultural humility and dismantle systems of oppression against GSD people. These competencies are broad and require considerable training and resources. The function of this special interest group is to help facilitate professional growth of GSD people and their allies who are also member of ACBS. This SIG will focus on the professional development of its members as well as the use of CBS technologies in this area. Contextual behavioral science offers a unique, non-pathologizing lens to better examine the concerns and barriers for GSD people in living a full life in a valued direction, as well as training allies and GSD people in recognizing how we all are a part of and perpetuate systems, and how to dismantle and actively disrupt these systems.


In this group, GSD providers, researchers, and scholars within ACBS will interact to mutually support and cultivate cultural humility and dismantling of oppression for GSD people. 

Description of SIG membership 

Membership in this group is oriented to GSD providers, researchers, scholars, and students who are ACBS members. This SIG welcomes members of all sexual and gender identities.

SIG Activities

A SIG meeting and evening outing occur each year at the World Conference. The SIG encourages panels, symposia, and workshops related to GSD concerns; sponsors presentations; and promotes collaboration with other SIGs. Further, the SIG creates a space for socialization and connection within the community. There is also a GSD SIG Resources webpage.
 

Matthew Skinta PhD

Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG

Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG

Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG

Affiliated 2012

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If you're a LOPP-SIG member, please feel free to join us on Facebook

SIG Leaders

Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres
Amy Serafini
Carmella Tress

Mission/Objectives

Scope:
Our social world is built on the past decisions of others trying to solve the problems of particular contexts. Some of those past decisions have had unintended and toxic effects. But everything that was built by people can be rebuilt by people. If we are to design and implement new systems of social cooperation in organizations, policies and social institutions, we need the psychological flexibility to make sure that what we build reflects and embodies our shared values. Concurrently, to work effectively at this scale, we need to address psychological toxicity in the environments we wish to influence.

Mission:
The mission of the Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG is to scale the psychological flexibility model up to the level of organizations, public policy, and social institutions more generally. We believe it is especially important to consider the interrelationship between environment (toxic or nurturing) and psychological flexibility in our efforts to provide something of value to the world.

SIG Activities

This group will draw upon its membership for ideas, collaboration, research design, and strategic development of new knowledge, practice, and dissemination. We will interact via a dedicated SIG listserv and have an annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference.  We will maintain a LOPP SIG Resources webpage.

Description of Membership

Our group includes but is not limited to those who are interested in basic and applied research, coaching, prevention science, public health, public policy, ACT, ACTraining, and the design of new ways to promote psychological flexibility at a societal level.

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Neurodiversity-Affirming Research and Practice SIG

Neurodiversity-Affirming Research and Practice SIG

Neurodiversity-Affirming Research and Practice SIG

Affiliated 2024

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Mission/Objectives
The SIG aims to support ACBS members who identify as neurodivergent by creating safe spaces to connect and build community.

SIG Activities
- Amplify neurodivergent perspectives and experiences in listserv conversations.
- Produce/compile and disseminate neurodiversity-affirming resources for clinicians, researchers, and other professionals.
- Collaborate with existing SIGs to promote neurodiversity-affirming research and practice.

Description of Membership
We welcome all members of ACBS with an interest in neurodiversity-affirming research and practice.

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OCD and Related Disorders SIG

OCD and Related Disorders SIG

OCD and Related Disorders Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2021

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have quite a few opportunities to become involved with the OCD and related disorders SIG on all committees (Executive, Clinical Training, Communications, Diversity/Advocacy, and Research and Dissemination). The types of opportunites and time commitments (hours per month and length of commitment) vary, so you can find out more information on our volunteer opportunities page: 

https://contextualscience.org/volunteer_opportunities

Mission/Objectives

The mission of this SIG is to promote awareness and improve access to care for individuals who suffer from OCD and related disorders.

This SIG will broadly focus on obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions, including, but not limited to, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, perfectionism, illness anxiety disorder, body-focused repetitive disorders (e.g. trichotillomania and excoriation disorder), and common comorbid presentations. Clinical applications and research based in contextual behavioral science as related to these psychiatric illnesses will be central to this SIG. 

The OCD and Related Disorders SIG aims to:

  • Build a diverse and inclusive community of professionals that fosters connection, collaboration, and growth towards shared values.
  • Increase awareness of and decrease stigma related to OCD and related disorders by educating professionals and the public.
  • Disseminate evidence-based treatment and training for OCD and related disorders, including the use of acceptance and commitment therapy as an independent treatment approach or integrated with exposure and response prevention or other behavioral treatments.
  • Contribute to the reduction of current barriers to care for communities with health disparities due to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, language, socioeconomic status, or region of residence, as well as mitigation of further gaps in health and healthcare for marginalized groups as a result of the ongoing climate crisis.
  • Support basic and applied research related to the understanding and treatment of OCD and related disorders through the lens of contextual behavioral science. 

Current SIG Activities

  • Hosting the ACT and OCD Special Topics Series featuring SIG members presenting on the topic of their choice (recordings and materials available here)
  • Connecting with members via the SIG Listserv
  • Maintaining a webpage of relevant resources
  • Compiling and evaluating the research literature on ACT for OCD and related disorders
  • Developing a training program with focus on ACT for OCD 
  • Holding SIG meeting at ACBS World Conference (or virtually shortly before or after the World Conference)
  • Launching a peer consultation group

Contact Information
Kristin Fitch
dr.kfitch@gmail.com
Louisiana, USA

SIG Leaders
Executive Committee Members
Kristin E Fitch 
Marla W Deibler 
Yvette Fruchter
Rebecca Schneider 
Jeanette Nogales
Erica Silberstein 

Clinical Training Committee Co-Chairs
Charles Galyon 
Jordan Cattie 
Jody Hoffman 

Communications Committee Co-Chairs
Alison Sagon 
Katy Rothfelder 

Diversity/Advocacy Committee Chair
Sheeva Mostoufi 

Research and Dissemination Committee Co-Chairs
Michelle Miller 
Eric Lee 

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Community

The ACT and OCD Special Topics Series

The ACT and OCD Special Topics Series

Missed one of the ACT and OCD Special Topics Series presentations? Click on the links below for the recording and slides.

January 2023 Presentations

Consent over Compliance: Using Functional Analysis to transform function and reduce coercion in ERP practice presented by Katy Rothfelder, MA, LPC-Associate

Fantasy-Focused Repetitive Behaviors - A proposed ACT approach for the treatment of maladaptive daydreaming (MD) presented by Matt Roberts, MS, LMFT

February 2023 Presentations

ACT, CBS and OCD and Related Disorder Research Speed Round presented by Morgan Browning, MA 

Application of ACT with tics and Tourette’s Syndrome presented by Charles Galyon, PhD, HSP 

April 2023 Presentation

Scrupulosity OCD and values-based exposures presented by Annabella Hagen, LCSW 

May 2023 Presentations

Exposure Through the Lens of the Hexaflex presented by Brian Thompson, PhD

The use and misuse of ACT skills during exposures presented by Rebecca Schneider, PhD and Allison LoPilato, PhD

June 2023 Presentation

Multicultural case formulation & exposure planning using ACT presented by Sheeva Mostoufi, PhD & Jordan Cattie, PhD

September 2023 Presentation

Introduction to Contemporary Practices in the Treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors presented by Marla Deibler, PsyD, ABPP & Renae M. Reinardy, PsyD

November 2023 Presentations

Applying ACT-based ERP for Adolescents presented by Alyssa Faro, PhD & Rebecca Schneider, PhD (see slides below)

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Occupational Therapy & ACT SIG

Occupational Therapy & ACT SIG

Occupational Therapy & ACT SIG (OT-SIG)

Affiliated 2018

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

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SIG Leaders

Christal Ramanauskas
Anathele Zamor
Barbara Ostrove

Mission/Objectives

The mission of the OT-SIG includes the following:
1. To promote collaboration within a growing community with an interest in how Contextual Behavioral Science informs Occupational Therapy Practice and how Occupational Therapy Practice may inform Contextual Behavioral Science.
2. Collaboration may include efforts to support clinical application, education, research, resource development, and/or publication specific to the application of Contextual Behavioral Science to Occupational Therapy.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

Quality of life with a focus on daily Occupation (Self-care, Productivity and Leisure) is the core of Occupational Therapy Practice. This group would focus on the performance components of Occupation which are Volition (Values, Interests, Personal causation), Performance Patterns (Habits, Roles, Routines) and Performance Capacity (Mental and physical attributes including lived experiences) and how this relates to psychological flexibility in daily practice.

SIG Activities

The group is having a great start as new members are becoming members of ACBS and OT-SIG!  The OT-SIG has a listserv and a webpage containing a list of resources.  The SIG has an annual meeting at the ACBS World Conference.

Description of Membership

All members of ACBS are welcome.

Community

Pain SIG

Pain SIG

Pain Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2012

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Go here to join the Pain SIG Facebook Group

Contact Information

Skye Ochsner Margolies, Ph.D.
UNC School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
 

2023 Pain SIG Officers

Skye Ochsner Margolies, President
Staci Martin, Past President
Heather Poupore-King, President-elect
Lauren Hollrah, Secretary
Tracy Protti, Communications Director
Alexandra Avila, Student Representative

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

• Research and clinical applications of ACT/RFT with patients and families struggling with physical pain.

Mission Statement

• To promote rigorous empirical investigation of both basic processes and applications of ACT- and RFT-based work patients and their families struggling with physical pain.
• To encourage collaboration and mutual support of work with patients and families through the development of an international community of researchers and clinicians in the ACT community
• To foster communication between researchers and clinicians who are interested in working with patients and families struggling with physical pain through an active listserv and therapy consultation groups
• To support public health and public policy initiatives to improve the care of patients and families struggling with physical pain
• To network with other professional and lay organizations serving patients and families struggling with physical pain

Description of SIG membership

• All membership categories in ACBS are welcome to join.

SIG Activities

• Online collaboration
• Online peer consultation group
• Maintaining a list of Pain Resources on the ACBS website
• Dedicated email listserv
• Active participation at the World Conference through formal business meetings, poster sessions, panel discussions, or workshops
 

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Process-Based Therapy SIG

Process-Based Therapy SIG

Process-Based Therapy Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2021

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information
Olga Berkout, Ph.D.

SIG Leaders
Hugh Simonich, BCBA, LBA-TX
Olga Berkout, Ph.D.
Ben Spaloss

Mission/Objectives

We are dedicated to the advancement of Process-Based Therapy (PBT) research, education, and clinical practice.

The PBT SIG aims to:

  • Develop a diverse, inclusive, and value-guided social network of researchers, educators, and practitioners who commit to advance PBT science and practice.
  • Foster collaboration to facilitate basic and applied PBT research with the overall goal of advancing clinical practice, lowering human suffering, and supporting people to live a meaningful life.
  • Support educational activities (e.g., workshop, learning collaborative) as a way to further disseminate PBT.
  • Develop and disseminate tools and materials to facilitate successful implementation of PBT in clinical practice.

Possible SIG Activities

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Psychedelic and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness SIG

Psychedelic and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness SIG

Psychedelic and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness SIG

Affiliated 2016

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

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Contact Information

Temple Morris

Maura Tunney

Current SIG Leaders

Temple Morris (co-chair)
Maura Tunney (co-chair)
 

Mission/Objectives

The mission of the Psychedelic/Non-Ordinary of Consciousness SIG is to seriously engage with the accumulating body of scientific data regarding the therapeutic and human growth potential for psychedelic drugs and non-ordinary states of consciousness from a functional contextual perspective.

This will be achieved by:
1) De-stigmatizing the use of psychedelic agents for scientific and clinical purposes. This may include fearlessly promoting dialogue with other ACBS members, creating publications that examine current scientific knowledge from a functional contextual perspective, and building bridges with others doing this work.
2) Promoting scientific investigation of non-ordinary states for the purposes of basic and applied behavioral science.
3) To create a contextual conceptualization for the effects of the experience of non-ordinary states and their potential therapeutic benefits.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

Interest in the scientific study of psychedelic drugs and the associated non-ordinary states of consciousness that they evoke has grown tremendously in the past decade. Once considered a highly promising class of drugs for therapeutic and personal benefit, cultural taboos and legal restrictions effectively ended their study for over 30 years. As those sanctions begin to lift, many questions are left under investigated, and no form of behavioral psychology has ever attempted to study or explain the positive psychological benefits that are strongly suggested by current evidence.

SIG Activities

1. Annual meeting at the World Conferences.
2. Maintain an email listserve to promote conversation and support between SIG members.
3. Author publications examining the existing data on non-ordinary states of consciousness from a functional contextual perspective, including questions that could potentially be experimentally investigated.
4. Develop collaborations with other groups working on the scientific investigation of psychedelic states.
5. SIG Resources webpage

Description of Membership

The membership is open to all ACBS members, of all categories, interested in these issues from the perspective of contextual behavioral science.

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Psychodynamic CBS SIG

Psychodynamic CBS SIG

Psychodynamic CBS SIG

Affiliated 2019

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information
Jill Bresler
New York, USA

SIG Leaders
Jill Bresler
Sheri Turrell

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

This SIG includes all models of contextual behavioral science and therapy, and all models of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic research and therapy and as such, includes a broad and diverse range of therapeutic approaches. This would include, and not be limited to: CBS approaches such as: ACT, FAP, DBT, and CFT, and psychodynamic and attachment-based approaches, especially in their more recent versions, such as Relational Psychoanalysis and Mentalization-Based Treatment; we also want to include briefer forms of psychodynamic therapy, such as STDP & AEDP.

Mission/Objectives

The mission of this SIG is to provide an inclusive, open, and curious space to:
i) Build a community of clinicians interested in exploring the possibilities for integration, in the context of clinical work and/or research.
ii) Promote understanding and increased breadth and depth of knowledge in both CBS and psychodynamic ways of thinking and working.
iii) Explore ACT /RFT coherent descriptions of psychodynamic terms and concepts, and vice versa
iv) Consider points of integration / overlap, uniqueness, and complementarity between and amongst the approaches.
v) Enhance integrative clinical skills through discussion of anonymized clinical case material.
vi) Consider the role of mindfulness, relational (including transference-countertransference) dynamics, and overt behavior change across modalities.
vii) Explore infancy/developmental theory and research and implications for theory and practice
viii) To promote dialogue, collegial relations, and community amongst clinicians with diverse theoretical models, both within and beyond ACBS.
ix) Encourage exposure to, and open-minded reflection on research that arises out of contextual science and psychodynamic traditions.
x) Expand the field through support for written publications, creation of podcasts, videos and other endeavours.
xi) Consider how CBS (e.g., work done with IRAP and N=1 studies) can contribute to process- and outcome-research in psychodynamic approaches and the value of traditional psychodynamic research models for CBS.

Possible SIG Activities

We envision networking meetings at the ACBS World Conferences, and online forums for discussion and sharing of resources and reading groups with online discussion. We hope to share videos, podcasts and written material, and create such materials from within our group. We hope to engage in symposia and other forms of dialogue, sharing, and integration of thinking at the ACBS World Conferences.  We will have a reading group, in which we will read one book chapter or article per month and discuss it.  We will maintain a webpage of SIG resources.

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Psychosis SIG

Psychosis SIG

Psychosis SIG

Affiliated 2015

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You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

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Follow us on Twitter @ACBSPsychosis

Contact Information

Mårten Tyrberg, Ph.D.
Sweden

SIG Mission/Objectives

- Facilitating contact between people from ACBS who work with psychosis
- Spreading/sharing material (protocols, stand-alone sessions, latest publications, ...) and experiences (do’s and don’t’s) on psychosis
- Linking ACT/CBS/RFT-perspectives on psychosis with other approaches

General interest area to be specifically addressed by this SIG:

Building/expanding a functional contextual approach for research on and working with psychosis/serious mental illness.

Description of SIG membership 

SIG members are ACBS members with an interest in research and practice in understanding helping people with serious mental illness.

SIG Activities

- Email listserv
- Twitter @ACBSPsychosis
- Facebook page
- SIG Resources webpage
- Sponsoring submissions to the ACBS World Conference

If there are other activities that you would like the SIG to engage in, please post on the email listserv and connect with others interested. 

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RFT SIG

RFT SIG

Relational Frame Theory (RFT) Special Interest Group

Values and Mission: The members of this group value generous and respectful collaboration in the spirit of contributing to a diverse, inclusive community. We hope for our community to be a nurturing one, aligned with a value of kindness, and offering support, empowerment, friendship, playful fun, responsibility, and exploration. We also hope to support members of our community to take on ambitious, creative, and progressive projects that build competency, disseminate RFT, and have an impact on the field and on human affairs, all while supporting cross-cultural and international research efforts across labs.

Affiliated 2022

Click Here to Join the Relational Frame Theory (RFT) SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

And if you are not sure what RFT is, well just Click here to learn more about RFT

Activities

The RFT SIG holds regular community networking meetings as well as reading group discussions. The RFT SIG developed "Top 10" lists of research articles for beginning and advanced learning about RFT research. We are in the process of developing further projects that are aligned with our mission as well as developing the guidelines for SIG operation. SIG members are encouraged to join the RFT Listserv.

RFT SIG Steering Committee

The RFT SIG Steering Committee is comprised of three positions, ultimately each holding three-year terms. These positions are as follows:

Patrick Smith (3 year term ending August 2026): Community Engagement Lead. This role involves efforts directed toward co-creating and maintaining an inclusive and nurturing community that fosters positive growth among RFTers within and beyond ACBS. Projects aligned with this role include (i) hosting regular community-based events, (ii) establishing channels of communication between RFTers, and (iii) supporting members in exploring and extending beyond ACBS. This role exists to co-create spaces for members to discuss their work, share resources, and collaboratively problem-solve, regardless of their familiarity and fluency with RFT. Patrick will be inviting everyone in the SIG to support these efforts as best they can and shape the space into one that best serves all its members. Please feel free to reach out to Patrick at patricks@arizona.edu with ideas and feedback on community engagement activities.

Jordan Belisle (2 year term ending August 2024): Resource Development and Research Dissemination Lead. This role involves engaging the community in creating and sharing resources and platforms to encourage the consumption and production of RFT research. As a foundational theory underlying third-wave behavioral therapy and training approaches, it is essential that members have the opportunity to access the historic and ongoing research in a safe space and have the resources to conduct this research if desired. Projects that will occur within this role are (i) developing a list of key papers to guide novice and advanced consumers, (ii) supporting the development of research information and protocols, and (iii) assisting members to connect with researchers in the field to support both research and practice. Each of these projects will actively involve interested SIG members. Please feel free to reach out to Jordan at jbelisle@missouristate.edu with ideas and feedback on resource development and research dissemination activities.

Siri Ming (3 year term ending August 2025): Training, Mentoring and Professional Development Lead. This role is responsible for supporting members in building competency in research and application of RFT, by maintaining and increasing the accessibility and diversity of RFT training materials, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. I will be reaching out to the SIG community for assistance in projects such as increasing the accessibility of training materials, developing peer mentoring opportunities, and connecting students with potential research committee members and advisers, as well as creating an RFT track at World Conferences. Please feel free to reach out to Siri at siri@siriming.com with ideas and feedback on training, mentoring, and professional development activities.

Past RFT SIG Steering Committee Members

Alison Stapleton, Community Engagement Lead (2022-2024)

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2024 RFT Steering Committee - Candidate Information

2024 RFT Steering Committee - Candidate Information

Ballot closes 1 May 2024. 
 

Please vote here.

You will be able to vote for 1 candidate.

Sebastian Garcia sebastiangarciaz@gmail.com

Bio: My name is Sebastian Garcia-Zambrano, I am a Colombian researcher living in the U.S. My academic training includes a Ph.D. degree in psychology in 2022, an M.S. degree in behavior analysis and therapy in 2018, both from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a B.S. degree in psychology in 2011 from Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia). As a professor, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses of behavior analysis at Southern Illinois University, and undergraduate courses of child development at Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz. My research has centered on three key areas: the development of the self and PT skills, the adaptation of behavioral services with cultural sensitivity, and the implementation of interventions in underserved communities. In addition, I have been regularly invited to conduct peer review for journals, organizations, and conferences in the field, including “The Psychological Record,” “Behavior Analysis in Practice,” and the “American Psychological Association”. Currently, I am one of the Guest Editors for the special issue “Impactful Leaders - Latin American Women in Behavior Analysis” in Behavior Analysis in Practice”, in which we highlight women’s contributions and encourage cross-national and cross-cultural collaboration among behavior analysts.

Statement: As the Resource Development and Research Dissemination Lead, my candidacy is dedicated to creating the Consortium for Open Science in Contextual Behavioral Science (COS-CBS), aligning with the Task-force's recommendations for open science practices in CBS (Hayes et al., 2021). By creating a collaborative platform, COS-CBS will facilitate the dissemination of research resources and foster international collaboration to advance the understanding of behavior change.

In this role, I will promote the development of COS-CBS, ensuring it serves as a comprehensive resource hub for researchers and practitioners in contextual behavioral science. I will leverage my expertise in behavior analysis to curate a list of key papers spanning foundational and cutting-edge research, oriented to both novice and advanced consumers. These resources will provide essential guidance and support to members seeking to deepen their understanding of behavior change principles and methodologies.

Additionally, I will support the creation of research information and protocols within COS-CBS, providing members with practical tools and frameworks for conducting rigorous CBS research. By fostering a culture of transparency and accountability, we will uphold the principles of open science and ensure the reproducibility and reliability of research findings.

Furthermore, I will facilitate connections between COS-CBS members and researchers in the field, promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange. Through virtual meetings, online platforms, and targeted outreach efforts, we will create opportunities for members to engage with leading experts in CBS research, fostering innovation and advancing the field.

By establishing COS-CBS and serving as the Resource Development and Research Dissemination Lead, I am committed to empowering members with the resources and support they need to contribute to the collective growth and impact of CBS research worldwide. Together, we will advance our understanding of behavior change and address pressing societal challenges through rigorous research and collaboration.

Lynn Farrell lynn.t.farrell@gmail.com

Bio: I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Maynooth University where I was introduced to Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and discovered new ways to explore social psychological phenomena such as stereotypes and bias. I went on to complete my PhD as an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar at University College Dublin (UCD) where I explored the nature and malleability of implicit bias towards women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the lens of RFT as part of the UCD Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS) lab. I received the ACBS Student Spotlight award for my work on gender bias and previously served as a student representative on the Women in ACBS SIG during its establishment. After completing my doctoral research, I took up a Research Fellow position at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) where I continued to empirically explore how to improve gender equality efforts in STEM as part of the EPSRC funded Inclusion Matters project. I was awarded the QUB Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty Postdoctoral Outstanding Engagement award for my work on that project. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology at National College of Ireland where I am establishing a CBS research lab with my colleagues. My research interests and publications to date have focused mainly on understanding and influencing stereotypes and bias particularly related to gender, improving gender equality initiatives, and applying RFT to address social issues.

Statement: It’s an honour to be included on this ballot. If elected, I would build on the work completed by the committee to further develop a resource-rich space for SIG members to explore and discuss RFT-based work and to brainstorm and pursue further important work. My interest in RFT stems from its implications for social justice issues and so I would additionally aim to spotlight work that has grappled with such issues, expanding engagement with work across levels of behavioural scientific research. Relatedly, I would aim to develop a supportive platform/space with the SIG committee where members could come together to collaborate on projects and contribute to the work and materials promoted by the SIG. This collaborative space could present opportunities for those new to RFT-based research as well as those with experience seeking to further develop and diversify their research teams/networks. These opportunities would align with and expand on existing SIG networking events and could provide the basis for regular research spotlights/newsletters. I would seek to establish an RFT research toolkit to complement and expand on the existing resources where relevant resources such as data collection tools, and guides could be made freely available. These actions aim to create opportunities for community members to engage with, collaborate on, and contribute to the consumption, dissemination, and production of RFT research. 

Finally, I would seek to diversify the knowledge shared and the researchers highlighted by the SIG to represent the global ACBS and RFT community. I would work to promote this SIG as an inclusive space for all, aligning with the SIG’s mission and my own values. I am committed to listening to and trying to honour the needs of the membership, drawing from the innovation and skills within our community to foster a collaborative and inclusive environment. 

Stu Law stulaw34@gmail.com

Bio: As a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno, my roughly 15-year journey in human services began with supporting adults with disabilities with a wide breadth of service needs, progressing to diverse clinical roles in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Notably in my early work I soon began to utilize Precision Teaching and free operant approaches to RFT-informed curricula and was inspired by the impact on children's cognitive skills that I observed with regularity at Fit Learning.

For the past eight years, I've been instrumental in developing the genArete assessment, aimed at revolutionizing behavioral assessment by emphasizing individual goals over comparisons to conventional norms and averages. Our ambition extends to broadening functional analysis, moving beyond the four widely applied classes of broad functions (attention, automatic, escape, and tangible) by leveraging our knowledge or relational networks in terms of putative reinforcement systems which could provide more precision for learners with relational repertoires. Said another way, I see issues of dignity-of-risk, assent-informed teaching practices, sensitivity to the needs of neurodiverse populations, and person-centered planning, as issues which could be informed by how relational classes alter reinforcing functions.

This journey has also led me to champion idionomic approaches within the ACBS community. These approaches could give voice to the time series designs which have been held dear by behavior analytic research, but which have not yet found appreciation with broader audiences. My diverse experience uniquely equips me to contribute meaningfully as behavior science evolves, potentially shifting paradigmatically in response to modern technology, modern statistical models, and modern sensibilities which may seek to serve individual learners with greater precision, and in service of their unique skills and abilities and with respect to the stated goals and values of the person and their support network.

Statement:  I am committed to utilizing my expertise and resources to enhance the engagement of SIG members with the latest research trends in the RFT community, and potential applications. My experiences in my lab have highlighted the significance of staying up with ongoing research activities, rather than solely relying on published literature, which often trails the forefront of discoveries in language and cognition. To foster a culture of transparency and collaboration, I plan to establish platforms that enable SIG members to exchange insights about their ongoing projects.

My objective extends to cultivating a framework where SIG members can form synergistic partnerships, capitalizing on each other's strengths to address the pressing challenges in our field. By promoting focused collaboration that offers mutual benefits, we can create an environment of continuous growth and innovation. This collaborative ethos aims to steer our SIG toward a path of open intellectual engagement, moving away from the necessarily slow and restrictive practices that have hindered progress in related disciplines like psychology and applied behavior analysis.

In embracing this role, I aspire to not only advance professionally but also to contribute to the professional growth of others, guiding our collective efforts to probe the intricacies of human language and cognition. By doing so, we can collectively push the boundaries of our understanding and make significant contributions to our field and continue to advance the skillsets of professionals afield.

 

 

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RFT SIG Online Events April 2023 - March 2024

RFT SIG Online Events April 2023 - March 2024

Types of Event

Reading Group - Attendees will be invited to read an RFT journal article and come together to learn and share their thoughts. When possible, corresponding authors of selected articles will attend and present a brief overview of their paper.

Discussion Group - These sessions will involve a research presentation delivered by an RFTer/group that showcases ongoing advances, developments, and innovations in the field, followed by optional breakout rooms and large-group discussions in the main room.


Session 10 - Discussion Group 5 with a presentation from Dr. Ian Hussey

This session was held 21-Feb 2024. Attendees discussed the IRAP (implicit relational assessment procedure) including current data-based critiques of the method and findings. A recording of the session can be viewed here.


Session 9 - Discussion Group 4 with a presentation from Dr. Freddy Jackson Brown and collaborators

This session was held on 17-Jan 2024 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed artificial intelligence and relational frame theory. Here are links to Tovar et al. (2023) and Edwards et al. (2022).


Session 8 - Reading Group 5 with a presentation from Dr. Teresa Mulhern

This session was held on 13-Dec 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Facilitating relational framing of classification in young children". Slide deck available here.


Session 7 - Reading Group 4 with a presentation from Dr. Colin Harte

This session was held on 15-Nov 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Analyses of relational coherence and rule-following: Consistent liars are preferred over occasional truth tellers". Slide deck available here.


Session 6 - Discussion Group 3 with a presentation from Dr. Dana Paliliunas

This session was held on 18-Oct 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed RFT analyses of the values component of the hexaflex model of psychological flexibility.


Session 5 - Discussion Group 2 with a presentation from Dr. Francisco Ruiz Jiménez

This session was held on 27-Sep 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed RFT analyses of the self-as-context component of the hexaflex model of psychological flexibility. Note, there are some sound quality issues in the recording. So, we recommend using headphones to view the recording.


Session 4 - Reading Group 3 with a presentation from Dr. Elle Kirsten

This session was held on 16-Aug 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Assessing the Development of Relational Framing in Young Children".


Session 3 - Reading Group 2 with a presentation from Dr. Jordan Belisle

This session was held on 21-Jun 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Coherence and the merging of relational classes in self-organizing networks: Extending Relational Density Theory". 


Session 2 - Discussion Group 1 with a presentation from Dr. Ian Tyndall

This session was held on 17-May 2023 and no recording is available. Attendees discussed RFT analyses of the defusion component of the hexaflex model of psychological flexibility.


Session 1 - Reading Group 1 with a presentation from Dr. Jamie Cummins

This session was held on 19-Apr 2023 and no recording is available. Attendees discussed "On the structure of relational responding".


Transparency

Speakers/topics have been selected based on SIG member requests and what we (Alison Stapleton & Patrick Smith) think is likely to be of interest to the RFT SIG membership. We will be evaluating these events and whether they serve our members based on attendance and feedback from the community. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to backchannel and email Patrick (patricks@arizona.edu) any feedback so your voice can be heard, whether it's support for this type of work or guidance around how we can facilitate your attendance at a future event.


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13-Dec 2023 - Facilitating relational framing of classification in young children

13-Dec 2023 - Facilitating relational framing of classification in young children

Dr Mulhern's slide deck is available below.

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15-Nov 2023 - Analyses of relational coherence and rule-following: Consistent liars are preferred over occasional truth tellers

15-Nov 2023 - Analyses of relational coherence and rule-following: Consistent liars are preferred over occasional truth tellers

Here is a pre-print of the article discussed at the 15-Nov 2023 Reading Group. Dr Harte's slide deck is also below.

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Top 10 RFT Research Articles (Spring, 2023)

Top 10 RFT Research Articles (Spring, 2023)

TOP 10 RFT RESEARCH ARTICLES

This year, the RFT SIG took on the task of developing an unofficial list of top RFT research articles to help people know where to start diving into the literature! The categories were “Just Getting Started” and “Contemporary and Advanced”. The first step involved SIG members nominating articles for consideration in both of those categories. Then, nominated articles were sent out to SIG members for the change to rank the articles. Rankings were then used to locate the Top 10 articles in each category to generate this list. Happy Reading!
* Note, the purpose of these lists is to provide a starting point for consuming the literature and is not a ranking of the worth or scholarly impact of any given article. The lists were prepared by and for the RFT SIG membership and will be updated over time.

Just Getting Started
1. Hayes, S. C., Law, S., Assemi, K., Falletta-Cowden, N., Shamblin, M., Burleigh, K., ... & Smith, P. (2021). Relating is an operant: A fly over of 35 years of RFT research. Perspectivas em Análise do Comportamento, 12(1), 5-32.
2. Cassidy, S., Roche, B., & O’Hora, D. (2010). Relational frame theory and human intelligence. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 11(1), 37-51.
3. Barnes-Holmes, D., Barnes-Holmes, Y., & Cullinan, V. (2000). Relational frame theory and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A possible synthesis. The Behavior Analyst, 23(1), 69-84. Note. The authors also recommend reviewing Perez (2023).
4. Ming, S., Moran, L., & Stewart, I. (2014). Derived relational responding and generative language: Applications and future directions for teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 15(2), 199-224.
5. Blackledge, J. T. (2003). An introduction to relational frame theory: Basics and applications. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(4), 421.
6. Stewart, I., McElwee, J., & Ming, S. (2013). Language generativity, response generalization, and derived relational responding. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29(1), 137-155.
7. Pelaez, M., & Monlux, K. (2018). Development of communication in infants: Implications for stimulus relations research. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 41(1), 175-188.
8. McEnteggart, C. (2018). A brief tutorial on acceptance and commitment therapy as seen through the lens of derived stimulus relations. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 41(1), 215-227.
9. Healy, O., Barnes‐Holmes, D., & Smeets, P. M. (2000). Derived relational responding as generalized operant behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 74(2), 207-227.
10. Stapleton, A., & McHugh, L. (2021). Healthy selfing: Theoretically optimal environments for the development of tacting and deictic relational responding. Perspectivas em Análise do Comportamento, 12(1), 125-137.

Contemporary and Advanced
1. Kirsten, E. B., & Stewart, I. (2021). Assessing the development of relational framing in young children. The Psychological Record, 72(1), 221-246.
2. Belisle, J., & Dixon, M. R. (2020). Relational density theory: Nonlinearity of equivalence relating examined through higher-order volumetric-mass-density. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 43(1), 259-283.
3. Cummins, J., Nevejans, M., Colbert, D., & De Houwer, J. (2023). On the structure of relational responding. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 27(1), 16-25.
4. Barnes-Holmes, D., Barnes-Holmes, Y., & McEnteggart, C. (2020). Updating RFT (more field than frame) and its implications for process-based therapy. The Psychological Record, 70(1), 605-624.
5. Hayes, L. J., & Fryling, M. J. (2019). Functional and descriptive contextualism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 14(1), 119-126.
6. Foody, M., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Barnes-Holmes, D., Törneke, N., Luciano, C., Stewart, I., & McEnteggart, C. (2014). RFT for clinical use: The example of metaphor. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3(4), 305-313.
7. Delabie, M., Cummins, J., Finn, M., & De Houwer, J. (2022). Differential Crel and Cfunc acquisition through stimulus pairing. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 24(1), 112-119.
8. Mulhern, T., Stewart, I., & McElwee, J. (2018). Facilitating relational framing of classification in young children. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 8(1), 55-68.
9. Kirsten, E. B., Stewart, I., & McElwee, J. (2022). Testing and training analogical relational responding in children with and without autism. The Psychological Record, 72(1), 561-583.
10. Stewart, I., Barnes‐Holmes, D., Roche, B., & Smeets, P. M. (2002). A functional‐analytic model of analogy: A relational frame analysis. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 78(3), 375-396.

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RFT SIG Member-Led Initiative - Moreno et al. Reading Group

RFT SIG Member-Led Initiative - Moreno et al. Reading Group

What is this member-led initiative?

Part of the role of the RFT SIG Steering Committee is to support member-led initiatives. In line with this, we are delighted to announce that, in collaboration with the RFT SIG Steering Committee, Jesse Moreno will be hosting a monthly reading group. Each month, attendees will be invited to read and discuss a journal article in a fun, low-stakes environment. Articles will be drawn from the list of papers identified by the RFT SIG membership as useful for those who are “Just Getting Started” and those who are looking for something “Contemporary and Advanced": https://contextualscience.org/top_10_rft_research_articles_spring_2023

These events are open to all RFTers, regardless of their familiarity and fluency with RFT. The first set of sessions will focus on articles for those who are "Just Getting Started", so beginners are particularly welcome :-)

To register your interest and join these sessions, email Jesse at jmoreno345@hotmail.com


Session 10 - Reading Group

This session is scheduled for 02-July 2024 (9 to 10:30 am, Pacific Time). Attendees will discuss "Healthy selfing: Theoretically optimal environments for the development of tacting and deictic relational responding." Pdf available here.


Session 9 - Reading Group

This session is scheduled for 04-June 2024 (9 to 10:30 am, Pacific Time). Attendees will discuss "Derived relational responding as generalized operant behavior." Pdf available here.


Session 8 - Reading Group

This session is scheduled for 07-May 2024 (9 to 10:30 am, Pacific Time). Attendees will discuss "A brief tutorial on acceptance and commitment therapy as seen through the lens of derived stimulus relations." Pdf available here.


Session 7 - Reading Group

This session is scheduled for 02-April 2024 (9 to 10:30 am, Pacific Time). Attendees will discuss "Development of communication in infants: Implications for stimulus relations research." Pdf available here.


Session 6 - Reading Group

This session was held on 05-Mar 2024 and the recording is available here. Attendees will discuss "Language generativity, response generalization, and derived relational responding." Pdf available here.


Session 5 - Reading Group

This session was held on 06-Feb 2024 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "An Introduction to relational frame theory: Basics and applications."


Session 4 - Reading Group with a presentation from Dr. Siri Ming

This session was held on 09-Jan 2024 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Derived relational responding and generative language: Applications and future directions for teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders." Pdf available here.


Session 3 - Reading Group with a presentation from Jose (Jesse) Moreno

This session was held on 05-Dec 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Relational frame theory and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A possible synthesis." Pdf available here.


Session 2 - Reading Group with a presentation from Dr. Sarah Cassidy 

This session was held on 07-Nov 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Relational Frame Theory and Human Intelligence." Pdf available here.


Session 1 - Reading Group with a presentation from Stu Law, PhD student

This session was held on 03-Oct 2023 and the recording is available here. Attendees discussed "Relating is an Operant: A Fly Over of 35 Years of RFT Research." 


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Research in Clinical Practice Collaborative SIG

Research in Clinical Practice Collaborative SIG

Affiliated 2010

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SIG Leaders
Dustin Cox
Michelle Drapkin
 

Mission/Objectives

The Research in Clinical Practice Collaborative is designed to bridge the gap between clinical practice and applied science. Our mission is to help members gather data that informs clinical decision making and that contributes to research. Members of this SIG will contribute their unique expertise, clinical experience, research questions, and skills in order to

  • facilitate practical implementation of research practices,
  • monitor treatment progress,
  • implement evidence-based-practices,
  • and generate practice-based-evidence.

We plan to empower and support clinicians in utilizing research methods in their practice (through single case design, case formulation, and treatment progress monitoring), the goals of which are to improve client outcomes and contribute to treatment development efforts.

Description of Membership

Those who identify themselves as clinical practitioners, organization managers, students, and/or basic or applied scientists who value the principles and practices of contextual behavioral science. 

Members shall be in good standing with the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and will be included without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or physical or mental disability.

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Social Work SIG

Social Work SIG

Social Work Special Interest Group 

Affiliated 2011

Mission:

The mission of the Social Work SIG is to empower social workers around the world through contextual behavioral science with the goal of improving the health and quality of life for people in their communities.

Click here to join the Social Work SIG and its Listserv!

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SIG Volunteer Opportunities

  • Community engagement committee
  • Training & development committee
  • ACBS World Conference committee
  • Board membership

Contact Olga Montgomery or Helen Dempsey-Henofer to learn more about volunteering

 


2024 Board Members

Olga Montgomery, Co-Chair
Helen Dempsey-Henofer, Co-Chair
Hannah Gold, Member at Large
Evelyn Goldstein, Member at Large
Jessica Jacoby, Member at Large
Janice Keeman, Member at Large
Anastasia Sfiroudis, Member at Large
Alexander Simmons, Member at Large
Hania Tran, Member at Large
Neal Vernon, Member at Large

SIG Leadership

Founding co-leaders: Matt Boone, Julie Hamilton, Paul Sorenson, US

Past board chairs:
John Armando, US
Caroline Martin, Canada
Maggie Stewart, Canada
Sarah Cheney, US 


Board Plans for 2024

• Building awareness of CBS & social work via social media
• Connecting with social work students and graduate programs 
• Increasing access to CBS among social workers globally
• Highlighting social workers using ACT/CBS/RFT
• Increasing social and networking opportunities

If you're interested in helping with any of these projects and/or joining the book club or peer consult group, please contact Olga at olgamontgomery.mss@gmail.com

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other contextual behavioral sciences are well-suited to the practice of social work. All share a focus on context, strengths, and understanding human suffering in ways that avoid pathologizing individuals and communities. The Social Work SIG is committed to supporting the intersection of social work theory and practice and contextual behavioral science. The SIG will strive to do the following:

• Ensure that the social work perspective is addressed in symposia, panels, workshops, and trainings at ACBS world conferences;
• Facilitate social work input in the upcoming ACBS journal, Contextual Behavioral Science;
• Provide outreach to social work programs and students;
• Facilitate shared efforts to publish about the link between CBS and social work theory and practice;
• Increase opportunities for social workers to access resources and network within the ACBS community in all areas, including research, education, job opportunities, consultation, program development, and supervision;
• Increase the proliferation of CBS within the social work community, thereby expanding treatment access to the general public;
• Increase number of social workers training other clinicians in CBS in their communities; and
• Increase sense of connectedness between social workers and the overall ACBS community.


Upcoming Events

New Social Work SIG Webinar Series

The ACBS Social Work SIG board is hosting a new monthly webinar series. One goal of this series is to create a supportive, informal professional development space for social workers to explore how ACT, RFT, and CBS can be applied to a variety of contexts.

Past webinar topics: psychosis, OCD, supervision, substance use, and grief. If you're interested in presenting, please contact Sarah Cheney at sarahcheney.msw@gmail.com

Webinars are free, and a recording will be added to the social work SIG page for viewing by ACBS members. Participants must register in advance (see the links below).

Upcoming Social Work Webinars:

Call for 2024 Webinar Submissions! 

The ACBS Social Work SIG is now accepting submissions to fill out the remainder of our 2024 webinar schedule.  Our aim is to provide a format where we can learn how other social workers from around the world are using ACT/CBS in their work. In service of expanding our range of offerings, we are hoping to fill out our 2024 schedule with webinars that focus on working with transgendered individuals, families in addiction and treating psychosis from an ACT/CBS perspective. We would also be especially interested in webinars that provide instruction on the use of a unique CBS/ACT intervention, experiential exercise, etc. that has proven to be effective for you. 

Webinars are:

  • Provided via Zoom
  • 1-1.5 hours in length 
  • Hosted by very supportive ACBS SW SIG Board members 
  • Submissions are reviewed by the SW SIG training and development committee to ensure the presentation integrates models of CBS (ACT, RFT, etc.) and is a good fit with the ACBS SW SIG platform. 

So, send a proposal our way by clicking the link below and come join us in further creating a dynamic learning environment for the ACBS and social work communities at-large.  https://forms.gle/vHjjsqBmuwdsLWfB7

For additional information or questions you can contact me at njvernon1@gmail.com or (803) 238-9417.

Previous Webinars are included on the ACT and Social Work Resources Page

Click on this Link for Social Work Resources!

 

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2022 Social Work SIG Board

2022 Social Work SIG Board

Olga Montgomery, chair
Sarah Cheney, past chair
Helen Dempsey-Henofer
Evelyn Goldstein
Jack Jacobsen
Kat Johnson
Pam Katz
Levin Schwartz
Andrea Siegel
Hilary Stein
Kristi Stuckwisch
 

Sarah Cheney, MSW

I was introduced to ACT in 2012 at a weekend workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Steve Hayes. Since then I have attended World Conferences in Minneapolis, Montreal, Dublin and virtual ones too! I am a private practitioner and owner of Modern Mind Psychotherapy in northern Michigan. I also work with people with chronic pain in a rural health clinic. I earned a master’s from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a focus on clinical mental health. I also have a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I am committed to helping people in my rural and remote community as a clinical social and a community gardener – my other passion is the community garden I founded over 14 years ago and now serve as co-director. My specialties include grief, eating disorders, anxiety, OCD, and chronic pain. I use ACT with other exposure-based treatments including Maudsley Family-based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders and Prolonged Grief Therapy. 

Jack Jacobsen, LCSW

Jack has been a clinician in private practice for the last five years, working with individuals and couples in distress. For the decade prior, he was a therapist within several local non-profit and government settings, including work with the VA and the national rollout of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT). In addition to his clinical work, Jack also provides consultation and training to other mental health professionals in ACT and IBCT. He is an adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Pam Katz, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing for 20 years. I began developing my passion for working with individuals with educational, social, and emotional needs as a school social worker for 15 years. I transitioned to private practice 5 years ago, where I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I specialize working with individuals with anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning challenges, and trichotillomania.

I attended my first Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workshop with Steven Hayes during the fall of 2012. The training resonated with my personal and professional values. After the two day training, I continued to educate myself on the ACT framework and began applying my learnings to my professional practice and personal life. I began to teach clients to become more present to their moment to moment experience, and use interventions that were less verbal and more experiential. Since attending my first ACT workshop, I have attended several other ACT trainings and workshops to expand my skills. In addition to the Praxis trainings, I participated in a year long contextual behavioral fellowship at the University of Chicago. Furthermore, I participate in a weekly ACT mindfulness collaborative comprised of mental health therapists and occupational therapists, a twice a month ACT peer consultation group, the monthly ACT Social Work SIG book group, and the monthly ACT Social Work SIG Trainers Peer Consultation group. My desire is to participate on the SW ACT Sig Board to help recruit and support social workers in their journey, be a voice for social workers needs, and take on a larger role within the ACBS organization.

Olga Loraine Montgomery, MSS

Olga is a palliative medicine social worker residing and practicing in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a Master of Social Service degree from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has clinical experience to include palliative oncology, medical oncology, and hospice, as well as neurology research experience assessing patients diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degenerative conditions. Olga employs ACT in context of chronic and terminal illness as well as grief and bereavement; she has been a member of the ACBS learning ACT since 2019. Olga is passionate about whole-person clinical practice, social work ethics grounded in dignity and worth of the person, and radical self-care.

Levin Schwartz, LICSW

Levin Schwartz, LICSW received his primary training at Smith College’s MSW program and at the Veterans Administration on the Specialized Inpatient PTSD Unit. Levin’s clinical work focuses on using DBT and ACT in treating trauma and addiction. Besides his clinical practice, Levin is a musician and educator using mindfulness and acceptance skills as tools for accessing creativity and providing a vehicle to explore living in the moment and recognize barriers to valued living. Levin currently holds multiple positions in the greater community of Western Massachusetts: Assistant Deputy Superintendent at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, consultant to the Greenfield District Court’s Drug Court, adjunct professor at Westfield State University, Human Services Program Advisory Board at Greenfield Community College, Department of Mental Health Site Board, Transitions from Jail to Community Core Task Force and Mental Health & Public Safety Board of Franklin County.

Andrea Siegel, Ph.D., MSW Candidate

Andrea earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in 2011 with a focus on Hebrew literature, Holocaust poetry, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Experiences as a family caregiver led her to study integrative health and chaplaincy at University of Michigan, and pursue an MSW degree at Louisiana State University (graduating July 2021). Andrea has taught at University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, and State University of New York Purchase College. She was Acting Director of the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at University of Michigan's School of Social Work. She served as Director of Jewish Learning for young adults at JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. Through JDC, she has taught in Ethiopia, Georgia, Estonia, Israel/Palestine, Latvia, Turkey, and elsewhere. Interests include moral injury, medical humanities, spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, caregiver support, and MHPSS in humanitarian settings. Her MSW field placement with Helping Children Worldwide focused on capacity building in Sierra Leone's child welfare sector. During her field placement, she also authored a tool that borrows techniques from Motivational Interviewing and ACT to forward the global church orphanage deinstitutionalization movement.

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ACBS Social Work Award

ACBS Social Work Award

Community

2022 ACBS Social Work Award

2022 ACBS Social Work Award

The ACBS Social Work SIG Board is delighted to announce Jennifer Shepard Payne, PhD, LCSW, as the recipient of the 2022 ACBS Social Work Award. Dr. Payne’s innovative work covers all three of the award areas: social work innovation, social justice, and CBS advancement within social work.

Dr. Payne has developed an adaptation of ACT that is culturally tailored to African-Americans suffering from social injustice and race-related trauma. Her upcoming book Out of the fire: Healing Black trauma caused by systemic racism using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will be released by New Harbinger in December 2022.

Matt Boone, LCSW, nominated Dr. Payne for this award, and noting the importance of her work said, “creating and disseminating culturally competent treatments is inherently a social justice move.”

Dr. Payne currently serves as a research scientist and clinician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS) and at the Center for the Neuroscience of Social Injustice. She is also an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Within ACBS, Dr. Payne has served on the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, has served as co-coordinator of the DEI SIG, and has presented in SIG webinars. In addition, Dr. Payne serves on the board of MEND, a nonprofit devoted to supporting and training clinicians of color to help alleviate the suffering of intergenerational and racial trauma.

Learn more about Dr. Payne’s work here.

Learn more about the ACBS Social Work award here.

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2023 ACBS Social Work Award

2023 ACBS Social Work Award

Congratulations to Marie Vakakis, recipient of the ACBS Social Work SIG Early Career Scholarship, and Amanda Savage Brown, recipient of the Recognition of Excellence in Social Work Award!



The ACBS Social Work SIG Board is delighted to share with you the work of Marie Vakakis, awardee of the 2023 Early Career in Social Work Scholarship!

Marie Vakakis is the deserving recipient of the esteemed 2023 ACBS Early Career in Social Work Scholarship. With a passion for supporting individuals to improve their mental wellbeing and build strong relationships, Marie has made significant contributions to the field of social work as a Mental Health Social Worker, Family Therapist, presenter, podcaster, and trainer.

Throughout her career, Marie has worked with individuals and families in various settings, including schools and community health centers. One of the therapeutic approaches that has been instrumental in her practice is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Marie has skillfully integrated ACT with other modalities and tools to address a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. She firmly believes in the power of ACT to promote psychological flexibility and build resilience in individuals, particularly in her work with families.

Innovatively incorporating ACT into her online parenting course, "Connected Teens," Marie equips parents with the tools needed to develop greater awareness of their own thoughts and emotions, fostering a more supportive and nurturing environment for their children. Recognizing the importance of reaching a broader audience, Marie has also utilized podcasting as a powerful tool through her podcast, "Inside Social Work." Through this platform, she provides educational resources, shares best practices, and interviews experts on various mental health and wellbeing topics, becoming a go-to resource for social workers seeking guidance, support, and inspiration.

Marie's dedication to promoting open discussions around mental health and breaking down the associated stigma is evident in her work. With over a decade of tertiary studies and clinical experience, she seamlessly combines academic knowledge and practical expertise in her programs, podcast, and workshops. Through her efforts, Marie aims to empower individuals to speak confidently about their experiences and contribute to a more inclusive and understanding society.

The ACBS Early Career in Social Work Scholarship acknowledges Marie Vakakis' exceptional achievements in the field of social work and her commitment to advancing the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her innovative use of ACT, coupled with her podcasting platform and educational programs, has made a profound impact on the social work community. Marie's dedication to improving mental health outcomes and promoting resilience is truly commendable, and this scholarship recognizes her potential as an emerging leader in the field.

You can learn more about Marie's work at https://marievakakis.com.au/ and thetherapyhub.com.au


The ACBS Social Work SIG Board is delighted to share with you the work of Amanda Savage Brown, awardee of the 2023 Recognition of Excellence in Social Work Award!

Amanda Savage Brown is the recipient of the prestigious 2023 ACBS Annual Recognition of Excellence in Social Work Award from the social work special interest group of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science. Amanda's dedication to addressing the overlooked psychosocial concerns of women with breast implants and her innovative use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have made a significant impact in the field of social work.

Driven by her background as a social worker and former public health scientist, Amanda embarked on a mission to raise awareness about the temporary and problem-prone nature of breast implants and the countless women experiencing systemic health effects from them. The FDA has issued safety alerts to warn the public about their risks. Recognizing the lack of resources addressing the psychosocial aspects of living with or removing problematic breast implants, Amanda developed an ACT-based inner healing program for women considering or recovering from silhouette-altering breast surgery.

In 2022, Amanda authored the groundbreaking book "Busting Free," the first self-help guide tailored specifically for women who explant. The book received critical acclaim, winning the 2022 Best Independent Book Award for Women's Wellbeing, the 2023 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award Finalist, Grand Prize Short List, and Honorable Mention in Health. Her work has been featured in various publications and media outlets, including Ask Us Beauty Magazine, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, CBS Chicago, ABC Nightline News, and a Nightline Impact episode on Hulu.

Amanda's commitment to educating mental health providers about the mental well-being of women with breast implants led her to present at Yale's 2023 Women's Mental Health Conference and serve as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Social Work Foundation Conference in Chicago. Through her efforts, she aims to shed light on the hidden psychological impact of breast implants and advocate for the recognition and support of women facing these challenges.

It is our honor to celebrate the innovative nature of her work and its contribution to advancing Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS) within the social work community. Her dedication to meeting the psychosocial needs of women on their journeys with breast implants, while also providing continuing education opportunities for social workers, exemplifies the values of service, social justice, and human dignity upheld by the social work profession. Amanda's efforts have not only challenged societal norms but also brought crucial attention to a marginalized population, making her a deserving recipient of this esteemed award.

You can learn more about Amanda's work here https://amandasavagebrown.com/busting-free/

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Interviews with Social Work SIG members

Interviews with Social Work SIG members

This section contains interviews with Social Work SIG members. To view a news item, click on the links listed below.

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Social Work Spotlight - Jennifer Shepard Payne - 2022

Social Work Spotlight - Jennifer Shepard Payne - 2022

Our spotlight is shining once again! This time on Jennifer Shepard Payne, the recipient of the 2022 ACBS Social Work Award.  

-Please introduce yourself.
My name is Jennifer Shepard Payne. I am a Research Scientist and Clinician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS), and I am affiliated with the newly formed Center for the Neuroscience of Social Injustice. I am also an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am the first research scientist with a social work doctorate ever hired at Kennedy Krieger or Johns Hopkins.
I received my doctorate in Social Welfare from UCLA, and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for decades. I have been working on culturally tailoring Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for African American communities experiencing racial trauma for several years. I am a board member of MEND, a non-profit for therapists of color being trauma-trained to help oppressed communities: https://mendminds.org/our-board. I am also a board member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work: https://www.nacsw.org/about-nacsw/leadership/.

-What connected you to the ACBS community?
About eight years ago, I started work as an Assistant Professor at a private college in California. There, I was assigned to revise a class on evidence-based interventions that I would teach to social work master's students. I added a module on mindfulness-related interventions in the course, and I invited a colleague friend to guest teach that module. During her teaching, I first heard about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I took training on ACT and fell in love with it! But I noticed that, at the time, I was the only person with dark skin in the rooms that I was in as I trained. I began to ask other Black clinicians if they had heard of ACT, and few had. So, I decided to commit to action that would help change that.

-How has the ACBS community supported work you want to do?
Certain individuals in the ACBS community have been amazingly supportive! In June 2020, soon after the killing of George Floyd, I met an amazing woman – Carynne Williams, who is the president of the non-profit MEND. When we met, MEND was still a germ of an idea. But the concept was – could there be an organization for clinicians of color where they would be able to be trauma trained in various evidence-based practices at prices more affordable and accessible to them? Would they commit to providing pro-bono services to at least two disadvantaged clients a year in return? When I heard about Carynne's vision, I immediately thought that ACT would be perfect as one of the trauma training offerings. Several ACBS community members jumped fully in to help, and they have been helping ever since. I am grateful to Meg McKelvie, Robyn Walser, Debbie Sorensen, Shawn Whooley, Melissa Connally, Miranda Morris, Temple Morris, Matt Boone, and Joanne Steinwachs. I am grateful for their voluntary commitment of time, attention, and knowledge via the ACT for MEND project that has developed and continues to thrive. I cannot say enough about how they have dug in with their whole hearts and minds into the work of training BIPOC clinicians in ACT.

-What are the most important values that you bring to your work?
One of the aspects of ACT that drew me in was the values work. I live a life of purpose, which is strongly tied to values. My goal has always been to help oppressed and disenfranchised populations. When I was nineteen years old, I had an experience that changed my life. I worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged children and had the privilege of getting to know some of them, their struggles, and their desire for positive attention in a safe space. I left the camp that summer feeling the call to help these children and families, and that call has never dissipated. My ways of helping have changed and shifted over the years, but my values are the same: collective freedom, authenticity, community, purpose, faith, culture, compassion, and integrity.

-Where could we learn more about your work?
I have two websites where you can learn more. The first is my website at www.drjspayne.com. The second describes a bit more about the culturally tailored model being piloted in Europe now: www.POOF-PullingOutOfFire.com.

Also, I will be doing training through PRAXIS, which I completed last year and received excellent reviews. The training is a four-week virtually live training on culturally tailored ACT for African Americans, coming up in May 2022: https://www.praxiscet.com/events/culturally-tailored-act-may-2022/. Last, I am happy that my first book is now available for pre-order in several venues, with a December 1st, 2022 release date: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-the-fire-jennifer-shepard-payne-phd-lcsw/1140860327.
  

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Interview with ACBS Member Michelle Maidenberg - January 2019

Interview with ACBS Member Michelle Maidenberg - January 2019

Welcome to the feature of the ACBS monthly newsletter where we learn more about the inspiring work of ACBS members. For the January 2019 newsletter, Kate Morrissey Stahl interviews the co-founder of “Thru My Eyes” Michelle Maidenberg, PhD, MPH, LCSW, CGP.

Who are you?

I maintain a private practice in Harrison, New York. I am also the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of “Thru My Eyes” a nonprofit organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones. A professional videographer and trained counselors are available at no cost to help guide clients through the challenging task of presenting a gift of lasting messages to their children and other family members. The organization was founded to empower those with life-threatening illnesses with the peace and knowledge in knowing that they will be remembered by those whom they loved the most.

In 2009, I met 40-year-old Dede at the gym I attend. Her blazing blue eyes (thus the name “Thru My Eyes”) and beautiful red hair were striking. After my exercise regimen I was standing at the mirror getting ready for work. We got into conversation about children and I expressed that I had four children and she disclosed that she had a daughter who was seven at the time.

Through our encounters at the mirror she eventually shared that she always dreamt of having many children but because of her bout with breast cancer and her extensive treatment, at the time, she accepted that she would remain childless. She described her daughter as being her “true miracle” because she and her doctors believed she would never conceive. She expressed how thankful she was to be in remission and spoke of her journey of discovery and evolution toward committing to live a present and purposeful life.  Approximately a year later, we stood by the mirror and she shared with me the facts about how the cancer had returned and she was receiving aggressive treatment and understood that she was “in the fight” of her life. My heart sank. I watched as her hair fell out, she became progressively weaker and eventually could not make it to the gym any longer. A fighter she was.

Dede worked out until she absolutely couldn’t anymore. I once asked her, how do you do it and muster up enough strength to come to the gym and remain so generous and positive. I’ll never forget her answer; it is forever burnished in my mind. She said during her last bout of cancer that she made the decision to live every moment of the rest of her life with appreciation and joy and planned to carry that out no matter what her demise. I marveled at her courage and motivation.

Further along in her illness, she approached me about wanting to videotape herself discussing important milestones for her daughter so that she could be left with anecdotes and critical lessons for life. She asked if she can consult with me about developmentally appropriate topics to cover. I helped her come up with a structure from which she wanted to be videotaped.

A few women at the gym did research on where they might offer such a service. At Sloan Kettering they had a videographer who came to the hospital only if a patient requested it. They had to be videotaped at the hospital, they had to pay for it, and they would be videotaped without any support or guidance. A few friends chipped in and we were able to get the videographer to come to Dede’s house to videotape.

Out of this experience I was committed to making this service for families readily available, effortless, supportive and empowering. I felt it should be offered at no cost so that all families, despite their socioeconomic status can benefit. Also, that families that are already incurring substantial financial stress do not have to be burdened with this additional expense. In addition, it should be accomplished in the comfort of a person’s home to preserve their dignity and integrity, and lastly, that a licensed mental health professional should be present throughout the taping so that they can offer emotional support and provide a script from which to guide the interview that was based on the topics they personally selected to discuss. Video footage of the family’s interactions (i.e., playing, reading, and practicing family traditions) are also edited into the final video legacy at the discretion of the family.

What connected you to the ACBS community?

My practice is formatively grounded in the contextual behavioral sciences. I have advanced training in ACT, am a member of an ACT supervision group, and use ACT in my direct practice with clients. I am the author of the book that is grounded in ACT, “Free Your Child From Overeating" 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health.”

I greatly appreciate and utilize ACBS’s plethora of valuable resources. I use the research resources, publications, the podcasts, and PowerPoints. I also have tremendous gratitude for the open, generous, and supportive ACBS community. I feel honored and fortunate to be part of this thriving community.

What are the most important values that you bring to your work?

The most important values I bring to my work are: human dignity, integrity, ethnic diversity, self-determination, commitment, perseverance, adaptability/flexibility, curiosity, compassion, learning/competency, and engagement/connectedness.

What got you started in social work?

In college I sought advice from a professor because of my desire to conduct family therapy/treatment. He advised me to consider social work which was the direct route his wife had taken in her studies. After doing research, and learning more about social work, I decided that it would be my chosen profession.

I wanted to do direct clinical practice, so I attended NYU because of its clinical track. After completing my MSW degree, I attended a two-year post Masters training program in Family Therapy and then I completed my doctoral studies in social work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. To complement my social work education, and given my interest in health, I elected to further my education and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education at Hunter College.

What are your other professional activities and interests?

I created and coordinate the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Camp Shane, a health & weight management camp for children and teens and Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, a resort focusing on health & weight management for young adults and adults.

I’m an Adjunct Professor at New York University, teaching a graduate course in Mindfulness. I am the author of Free Your Child From Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health. Utilizing CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. I am also a blogger for PsychCentral and publish articles in various publications and speak on a variety of topics including trauma, anxiety, mindfulness, ACT, CBT, health and wellness, parenting, grief and bereavement.

I am a Board of Directors member at The Boys & Girls Club in Mount Vernon, NY. I am also a member of American Red Cross Crisis Team and serve on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Trauma Network (WTN). I have advanced training in CBT, ACT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Structural Family Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Where could we learn more about your work?
Web: My Website: http://www.michellemaidenberg.com/
Thru My Eyes Website: www.ThruMyEyes.org
Facebook: Dr Michelle Maidenberg: https://www.facebook.com/michellemaidenberg
Twitter: @DrMaidenberg: https://twitter.com/DrMaidenberg
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellemaidenberg
Free Your Child From Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health https://www.amazon.com/Free-Your-Child-Overeating-Handbook/dp/1615192700
PsychCentral Blog: Dr. Michelle Maidenberg – Thoughts of A Therapist: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/thoughts-therapist/

 


 

If you have a social worker you would like to have ACBS interview, please email Kate Morrissey Stahl at kstahl@uga.edu.
If you have an ACBS member that you would like to have ACBS interview, please email Laura Purcell at community@contextualscience.org.

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Interview with ACBS Member Alison Benedict - August 2018

Interview with ACBS Member Alison Benedict - August 2018

Welcome to a new feature of the ACBS monthly newsletter where we learn more about the inspiring work of ACBS members. In our first installment, Kate Morrissey Stahl interviews Alison Kiawenniserathe Benedict, MSW, RSW, a social worker practicing as a Provincial Aboriginal Training Coordinator in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Who are you?

My name is Alison Kiawenniserathe Benedict, MSW, RSW. I am a member of the Kanienkehaka Nation from Akwesasne, Wolf Clan.

I received my Master’s degree from the University of Michigan with a focus in clinical practice with children and youth, including school social work, and specialized training in child abuse and neglect. The foundation of my clinical practice originates from traditional teachings and teachings of the Peacemaker.

What got you started in social work?

Growing up, I was that kid that people talked to and confided in. In 1979, my family moved from Southern California to Akwesasne. It was a tremendous culture shock. In California, I did not experience racism. My teachers were kind to me and believed in me. I was able to ride my bike and go to the mall and beaches freely. When we moved to Akwesasne, there was no safe place. My love of learning was met with racism and sexism by teachers, principals, and administrators. Although there was some bullying by peers, it was not nearly as shocking as my experiences with adults. It was then that I began to understand the impact of trauma and social toxicity. At 15, as I sat with my friends who were contemplating living or dying, I learned how to stay and be with people who are suffering.

What connected you to the ACBS community?

Several years ago I attended a training in Toronto by Louise Hayes. It was incredible to learn that what I had been doing that had been so successful in my clinical work was an evidence-based practice! What joy! It was so validating. My clinical practice really bridged what I learned in traditional teachings and Western clinical practices. At work, my team was searching for evidence-based practices which could be used to help mental health and addiction workers across the province to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Although there are some culturally adapted practice modalities, there was not one that was as culturally congruent as ACT. Listening to the wisdom of our Elders really shows how much these ways of helping and being are aligned.

One of the other main reasons that I chose ACT is how it is beneficial to both helper and person seeking help. There has been such systemic and ongoing trauma in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities that no one is unaffected or untouched. The helpers are supporting others, but are also in dire need of support themselves. Our approach to all training, including ACT, is that the training itself is healing medicine.

How has the ACBS community supported work you want to do?

The Ontario ACBS has been a tremendous resource to my work. At the time, Dr. Kenneth Fung was the President of the Ontario Chapter. He has been instrumental in supporting this work and incredibly helpful with connecting me with others who can also support it. Both he and Mary Bell have travelled with me to various Northern communities to train people in ACT.

What would you like to see from ACBS as we move forward in working to reduce suffering in the world?

Making room for everyone to sit equally in voice, knowledge, and spirit. Walking our talk - doing, being, and including. What do we leave behind to the communities after our conference has concluded? What will be our legacy as we move forward? At this year's conference, I wanted to bring a value-based action to our association in the form of reconciliation. It took many months and advocates to support the opening and closing ceremony by the traditional Kanienkehake Faithkeeper, Otsi'tsaken:ra. The beautiful outcome was well received by many. Although, in fact, this was only a small piece of what I had hoped to realize. I originally wanted to arrange outreach to two First Nations communities, Kahnawake, which is just across the Mercier Bridge and Kanesatake, which is the site of the 1990 Oka crisis, about 40 minutes from Montreal. It would have been a valuable opportunity to actually engage and support communities to reduce suffering. We are not going to reduce suffering in the world if we stay in our safe places. We need to challenge ourselves to organize conferences in Africa, South or Central America, and other places. While there, we must connect to the land and the people, inviting them to share their wisdom with us so that we can connect and heal together. Thus, what I would like to see is that ACBS demonstrate inspiring leadership, make this an important priority, and engage all of us in an inclusive planning process to take committed action towards this vision of collective learning and healing.

What are the most important values that you bring to your work?

Love is at the core of all that I do. It is living the Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen (words before all else that acknowledges and thanks all in Creation). Respect is the core value. The action is to do no harm to all in Creation. Respect is responsibility and accountability.

Where could we learn more about your work?

Alison Benedict
Provincial Aboriginal Training Coordinator
Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach
Provincial System Support Program
M. 416 452-2154
T. 613 546-4266 ext. 78063
Find out more about us: https://www.porticonetwork.ca/web/camh-aboriginalinitiatives

 


 

If you have a social worker you would like to have ACBS interview, please email Kate Morrissey Stahl at kstahl@uga.edu.
If you have an ACBS member that you would like to have ACBS interview, please email Laura Purcell at community@contextualscience.org.

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Joanne Steinwachs, first social worker peer-reviewed as an ACT trainer, tells of her journey - 2012

Joanne Steinwachs, first social worker peer-reviewed as an ACT trainer, tells of her journey - 2012

Joanne Steinwachs (pictured left) is a social worker in private practice in Denver, Colorado. She recently became the first social worker to be designated a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She facilitates online and in-person trainings on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and recently completed a article on using FAP to train ACT with Benjamin Schoendorff. She is a visible social work presence on the ACBS listserv and is the founding president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ACBS. She was invited to be interviewed by the Social Work ACT Special Interest Group, and questions were posed by Julie Hamilton (pictured right), a coleader of the Social Work ACT SIG.

   

Julie: Please share with us your journey of how you came upon CBS/RFT/ACT and the development of CBS in your professional life as a social worker.

Joanne: I was extremely burned out when I came into the ACT community. I came out of my social work graduate training in 1990 with a lot of half formed scientistic theory, and realized pretty quickly I needed to have a better sense of what I was doing. From early on in my career, many of the people who came to see me had pretty serious struggles--major mental illnesses, addictions, very painful marriages, and significant trauma. Sometimes all at once. So I felt pretty incompetent for a lot of the time. I started looking for a theory that would help me organize the work and spent a lot of time in the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic realm, dabbling also in CBT and even got a lot of training in EMDR. However, none of these models helped me understand what was going on in the room much. So I got more and more frustrated and felt like a fraud. I did have a really busy practice, though.

Julie: What was the response of your clients and colleagues to this transition?

Joanne: I really drank the Kool-Aid. I went to the first Summer Institute, and my first workshop was with Steve. I felt like I had the Answer. So I came back to my colleagues and clients to tell them. I lost about 2/3 of my clients and almost all of my referral sources. Remember, I was working from the 2-3 sessions a week for 5 years model, working assiduously to get rid of the pain. People were definitely not impressed. I did connect with the then tiny behavioral community here in Denver, though. It helped a lot, but I had no understanding of behaviorism or learning theory or behavior analysis, so I was kludging ACT onto my "get rid of pain" agenda without even knowing that I was doing it. I realized that I really didn't understand what people were saying in the ACT community, I was fundamentally misconstruing things because I didn't have the basic theoretical grounding-- so I went to John McNeil, who taught the behavioral sequence for the Psy.D program at the University of Denver, and asked him to be my teacher. I had to start with undergraduate texts and work my way up to the basic texts that people in the ACT community suggested. I spent a LOT of time being frustrated and confused, but I think learning the basics of clinical behavior analysis was crucial for my growth as a functional contextualist. I don't know how I could have transformed my life and my practice without it. I'm back up to more than full time and I find myself being able to do clinical and training work that I've never been able to do before.

Julie: You have become a respected leader in the ACT/CBS training community. Can you share how this came about and what you believe is important regarding the training of colleagues?

Joanne: Regarding being a respected leader, I don't really think of myself like that. I have been able with functional contextualism to stand for my values. I value being of service, helping out people who are struggling to do this difficult and often lonely work. So I try to show up as much as I can. I think when I get stuck on thoughts about My Place in the ACT Community, none of that is available to me. So I just try to keep my attention on helping out. That's why I was a part of forming the ACBS chapter here in Denver in 2009. I was really shocked when the people I started it up with asked me to be the first president. It was a huge honor. It's been with great pride I've seen the board transition to all new people, who are doing an amazing job bringing CBS to the Rocky Mountain region. It's also why I became a peer reviewed ACT trainer, I wanted to help out, and I wanted other social workers to see that it can be done, even if you've never taken a philosophy of science class in your life.

Julie: How has this impacted you personally/professionally?

Joanne: Learning to distinguish between who a person is, and what they know how to do, freed me both personally and professionally. Until I came into the ACT community, it was a dark secret of mine that I fulfilled diagnostic criteria for many of the Axis II disorders in the DSM. Not all the time and not all of them, but enough to feel very shameful. I'm really fortunate that that whole worldview has just evaporated for me, and I think my clients probably appreciate it too.

Julie: What do you see the role of the social work community playing in the continued proliferation of CBS?

Joanne: I think that social workers can take over the world with peace love and understanding and functional contextualism. Seriously, I cannot think of a theory that is more in line with social work values than functional contextualism. We provide the bulk of mental health care in this country and it breaks my heart that more social workers don't know about contextual behavioral science. I feel really good coming home to social work after all these years of hanging out with psychologists. There's a deep sense of "these are my people" that I feel when I talk functional contextualism with social workers.

Douglas Long

Social Work SIG Listserv Guidelines

Social Work SIG Listserv Guidelines

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Social Work SIG Listserv Guidelines

Our listserv is a collaborative space for social workers to explore the intersection of social work theory, practice, and contextual behavioral science. We hope that this discussion group will help us share ideas and resources with the goal of building a diverse and compassionate online community, connected by our internationally shared social work principles of social justice, human rights, service to others, and the right to self-determination.


Please contribute to this community by adding your voice to the discussion. Be courageous, curious, and compassionate in your posts. And write with an awareness of both the power of language and the limitations of this online medium. We are representatives of the field of social work, this special interest group, and ACBS--let’s work together to create a safe and respectful listserv environment.


1. Be mindful of others. Post thoughtfully and occasionally. Consider our global audience, and post inclusive, prosocial content that invites engagement from members of diverse and intersecting identities including: language, country of residence, national origin, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, occupation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, and physical abilities.

2. Keep posts confidential. ACBS lists are not confidential, and posts can be reviewed by any ACBS member on the website. If you’re writing about a clinical issue, please omit any identifiable information.

3. Identify yourself with your full name and country of residence on all messages. Include credentials and business contact information if you’re comfortable sharing this information.

4. Stay on-topic and do not start new posts using someone else's subject line.

5. Search ACBS for past discussions related to your topic or question to review the history of the topic before posting and to avoid duplication.

6. Communicate with your values. Before posting, it may be helpful to ask yourself if your response is motivated by values you've chosen freely (e.g., curiosity, creativity, collaboration) or by something more automatic (e.g., the urge to look good, to be right, to sound scientific, etc.).

7. Question and challenge. Facilitate discussions related to contextual behavior science, practice, and contextual philosophy of science. Consider the overall vision of ACBS – the alleviation of human suffering and the advancement of human well-being through research and practice grounded in contextual behavioral science. Ask yourself whether your post is aligned with this vision.

8. Backchannel to limit email traffic and target your audience. If your response doesn’t need to be seen by other members, go off-list to continue the conversation. For example, thank you’s and brief comments should be directly emailed to the individual, not the listserv (members’ email addresses are near the top of their post).

9. Solve problems or contact moderators. The listserv moderator is responsible for observing interactions on this list and offering gentle reminders about the spirit of the list and the guidelines. Please resolve problems off-list by directly emailing the member. If you need support or have questions about listserv posts or problems with listserv members, please contact the SIG listserv’s volunteer moderators, a SIG board member, or the ACBS Listserv Lead Moderator by using the Contact form on the ACBS website.

10. Pause before posting: actions have consequences. Hostile or discriminatory content in posts will not be tolerated. If the moderating team has asked you to try writing with a different tone or to take an argument off-list and the request has been ignored, you may temporarily lose your posting privilege until we can discuss the matter further with you. Please note that ACBS reserves the right to suspend ACBS listserv posting privileges at any time.

11. Limit marketing. You may give a one-time post to market for-profit trainings and books you produced. You are welcome to post about free materials that could be beneficial to the community.

12. Use the Digest feature to receive one daily email with a compilation of daily posts. You can opt into this format by going to My Account on the ACBS website, and clicking on Manage Group Subscriptions.

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Sport, Health, and Human Performance SIG

Sport, Health, and Human Performance SIG

Sport, Health, and Human Performance SIG

Affiliated 2014

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Manabu Yoshimoto, Japan

SIG Officers

Manabu Yoshimoto: Internal operations coordinator
Kelly Dekker: Member representative and master of ceremonies
Jeffrey Krepps: Member representative and czar of resources
Nicholas Arancibia Levit: Student representative
David Udelf: Public relations and continuing education
Eugene Koh: Advisory member

SIG Mission/Objectives

The mission of the Sport, Health, and Human Performance SIG is to promote the practice and research of contextually supported interventions within populations seeking higher levels of performance. This sport, health, and human performance SIG will meet these goals by creating an open, collegial, and supportive environment for all members. This SIG seeks to contribute to the growing body of work in the area of contextual behavior sciences to human performance and healthy living. The SIG encourages its members to creatively apply contextual sciences to their work, trainings, clinical practice, and research.

Description of SIG membership 

Researchers and clinicians interested in the investigating and application of both basic and applied third wave approaches to sports, health, and performance.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

The general interest for this SIG is to foster a community that promotes the dissemination and collaborative evaluation of contextually based research and practice in the area of sport, health, and human performance.

SIG Activities

To accomplish this mission, this SIG will promote the utilization and research of ACT through the following activities:

Emily Leeming

Student SIG

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Mission/Objectives

The ACBS Student SIG will work to support students of contextual behavioral science by advocating for their professional and personal development and facilitating their contribution to ACBS and the larger community.

Description of Membership

Students in fields related to contextual behavioral science.

Student SIG Activities   

Current Student Representative:

Sandro Voi, University of Hertfordshire (UK)

Current Student SIG Co-chair:

Lam Ching Yee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

 

    

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2023 Student SIG Newsletter

2023 Student SIG Newsletter

Student Newsletter - November 2023

 
 

ACBS Student Special Interest Group


Greetings from the ACBS Student SIG!

With over 1,500 ACBS student members worldwide, we are showcasing the ways that students can participate in ACBS, such as applying for scholarships to the annual World Conference, and, of course, joining the ACBS Student Special Interest Group.

The ACBS Student SIG maintains a list of funding opportunities for students, sponsors the Student Spotlight Program, and hosts webinars. We encourage you to read more about the Student SIG and to join the ACBS Student SIG today.

The ACBS Student SIG has multiple ways to stay in touch! We encourage students to join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook, X/Twitter, and the ACBS Student email listserv, so that you can stay informed about what the SIG is doing throughout the year.

 

Student Spotlight Award Application Deadline is November 30, 2023

The Student Spotlight Program highlights students' work in the CBS community, whether through research, clinical, or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. This program is a great way to celebrate their achievements and let the entire ACBS community know about valuable work students are doing. The spotlighted students will receive a 50% discount off the ACBS World Conference student registration fee. The application deadline is November 30, 2023. Apply here.

 

ACBS World Conference


Register Your Interest in the 2024 ACBS World Conference

ACBS World Conference
Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 - 28 July, 2024
Click here to register your interest in the 2024 ACBS World Conference

 

Conference Awards and Scholarships

- Scholarships: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion World Conference Scholarship; Student World Conference Scholarship; ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship; and Developing Nations World Conference Scholarship
- Awards: Junior Investigator Poster Award; Early Career Research Paper Award; and Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Award.
- Learn more about the Conference Awards and Scholarships and the application deadlines.

 

ACBS Foundation


ACBS Foundation Grant

The aim of the ACBS Foundation Grant is to finance projects and research that advances the understanding of how CBS principles can be used to impact social or environmental issues (these projects are funded through the General Fund or the Aaron S. Luoma Fund for Global Equity); and the Robert J. Kohlenberg Research Award will support graduate student and early career research focused on advancing knowledge and expertise in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. The Foundation Grant application will open on January 15, 2024. Learn more.

 

ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship

The ACBS Foundation coordinates the awarding of student scholarships to attend and learn cutting-edge information about contextual science at the ACBS World Conference. The scholarship will cover the full student conference registration fee. Nominees must be student members of ACBS in good standing and currently enrolled as a student in an undergraduate or graduate program. The application deadline is February 15, 2024. Apply here.

 

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science


ACBS Members Can Read Journal Articles for Free

ACBS members can read the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science for free. JCBS publishes four volumes each year. JCBS also has published special issues: such as "Conceptual Developments in Relational Frame Theory: Research and Practice," "ACT for Autism and Related Disorders"," and "Contextual Behavioral Science and the Psychedelic Renaissance." ACBS members can read the current Volume 30, past Volumes 1-29, and the special issues in the JCBS member portal.

 

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ACBS Chapters, Affiliates, and Special Interest Groups

A great way for students to get involved in ACBS is to join a Chapter, Affiliate, or Special Interest Group (SIG). ACBS has Chapters and Affiliates located worldwide. If you are interested in a specific topic, then we encourage you to join one of our Special Interest Groups. Each SIG has a list of resources and most SIGs have an email listserv and social media that you can join. Chapters, Affiliates, and SIGs host meetings, webinars, and peer consultation groups throughout the year. Click here to view upcoming Chapter, Affiliate, and SIG events.

 

CBS Superlab

The CBS Superlab is an international research lab meeting held once a quarter via Zoom. These hour-long meetings will involve a research presentation delivered by a CBS lab that showcases ongoing advances, developments, and innovations in the field of CBS and a group discussion among the attendees. All ACBS members are invited to attend the CBS Superlab events. The next Superlab with Carmen Luciano will be held January 17, 2024. Learn more about the CBS Superlab

 

Post-Doc Fellowships

Did you know that ACBS allows its members to post information about their institutions' CBS-friendly Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Pre-Doctoral Internships? You can see the full list of internships and fellowships on the ACBS website.  If you know of a CBS-friendly fellowship or internship, please email the information to community@contextualscience.org.

 

Submit Your Dissertations to Be Added on the ACBS Website

Do you have a CBS dissertation? Then please email your dissertation and citation to community@contextualscience.org and we will add it in the list of publications on the ACBS website. We know you put a lot of work into your dissertation, so we encourage you to share your dissertation so that other ACBS members may read it!

 

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2021 Student SIG Newsletter

2021 Student SIG Newsletter

Student Newsletter - November 2021

 
 

ACBS Student Special Interest Group


Greetings from the ACBS Student SIG!

With over 1,900 ACBS student members worldwide, we are showcasing the ways that students can participate in ACBS, such as attending webinars, applying for scholarships to the annual World Conference, and, of course, joining the Student SIG.

ACBS has a Student Special Interest Group (SIG) for our student members to join. The Student SIG hosts webinars, maintains a list of funding opportunities for students, and sponsors the Student Spotlight Program. We encourage you to read more about the Student SIG and to join the ACBS Student SIG today. The ACBS Student SIG has three different ways to stay in touch! We encourage students to join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and the ACBS Student listserv, so that you can stay informed about what the SIG is doing throughout the year.

The 2021-22 Student SIG leaders are the Student Representative to the ACBS Board of Directors, Marianna Zacharia, University of Cyprus, and the Student SIG Co-Chair, Lam Ching Yee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Thank you Marianna and Lam for volunteering for ACBS!

 

Student Spotlight Award Application Deadline is November 30, 2021

The Student Spotlight Program highlights students who are doing important work in the CBS community, whether through research, clinical, or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. This program is a great way to celebrate their achievements and let the entire ACBS community know about valuable work students are doing. The spotlighted students will receive a 50% discount off the ACBS World Conference student registration fee. The application deadline is November 30, 2021. Apply here.

 

Be a Reviewer for the Student SIG Awards Committee

We are currently seeking motivated students to review the awards for the ACBS Student SIG. This would require a time commitment of approximately one hour in the fall semester and spring semester. You would be asked to review a small number of award submissions and grade them based on a rubric. This is also a cool CV line and an additive service to ACBS. Please email office@contextualscience.org to express interest.

 

Student SIG Webinars

In 2021, the Student SIG hosted 2 webinars: In The Room Where It Happens - Introduction to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Student Spotlight Award Video Series. Since 2015, the Student SIG has sponsored 17 webinars on ACT, RFT, FAP, and Prosocial. We record the Student SIG webinars so that students may watch the webinars at anytime. You can view the list of the 17 webinars on the Student SIG Resources webpage.

 

ACBS World Conference


Register Your Interest in the 2022 ACBS World Conference

ACBS World Conference 20
San Francisco, California, USA
June 14 - 19, 2022
Click here to register your interest in the 2022 ACBS World Conference

 

Conference Awards and Scholarships

- Scholarships: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion World Conference Scholarship; Student World Conference Scholarship; ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship; and Developing Nations World Conference Scholarship
- Awards: Junior Investigator Poster Award; Early Career Research Paper Award; and Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Award.
- Learn more about the Conference Awards and Scholarships and the application deadlines.

 

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science


ACBS Members Can Read Journal Articles for Free

ACBS members can read the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science for free. JCBS publishes four volumes each year. JCBS also has published special issues: such as "CBS Perspectives on COVID-19," "Conceptual Developments in Relational Frame Theory: Research and Practice," "ACT for Autism and Related Disorders"," and "Contextual Behavioral Science and the Psychedelic Renaissance." ACBS members can read the current Volume 22, past Volumes 1-21, and the special issues in the JCBS member portal.

 

Connect, Share, and Grow


ACBS Chapters, Affiliates, and Special Interest Groups

A great way to get involved in ACBS is to join a Chapter, Affiliate, or Special Interest Groups (SIGs). ACBS has 45 Chapters and 19 Affiliates located in 38 countries worldwide. If you are interested in a specific topic, then we encourage you to join one of our 42 SIGs. Each SIG has a list of resources and most SIGs have an email listserv or a Facebook group that you can join. Chapters, Affiliates, and SIGs host meetings, webinars, peer consultation groups, and congresses throughout the year. Click here to view upcoming Chapter, Affiliate, and SIG events.

 

CBS Superlab

The CBS Superlab is an international research lab meeting held once a month via Zoom. These hour-long monthly meetings will involve a research presentation delivered by one student in a CBS lab that showcases ongoing advances, developments, and innovations in the field of CBS and a group discussion among the attendees. All ACBS members are invited to attend the CBS Superlab events. Learn more about the CBS Superlab

 

Internships and Post-Doc Fellowships

Did you know that ACBS allows its members to post information about their institutions' CBS-friendly Pre-Doctoral Internships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships? You can see the full list of internships and fellowships on the ACBS website.  If you know of a CBS-friendly internship or fellowship, please email the information to community@contextualscience.org.

 

Submit Your Dissertations to Be Added on the ACBS Website

Do you have a CBS dissertation? Then please email your dissertation and citation to community@contextualscience.org and we will add it in the list of publications on the ACBS website. We know you put a lot of work into your dissertation, so we encourage you to share your dissertation so that other ACBS members may read it!

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Interdisciplinary Science Capacity Building Seed Grant Application Deadline is December 1, 2021

ACBS has a new grant to promote and support ACBS researchers in developing high quality and competitive interdisciplinary grant proposals. This seed grant focuses on facilitating the early, formative stage of interdisciplinary grant proposal development. The support offered would be to help the principal investigator assemble a high-quality interdisciplinary team of investigators to support a competitive grant application. We encourage all independent investigators to apply, particularly junior investigators. Learn more and apply for the grant here.

 

Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Awards Application Deadline is February 1, 2022

The Awards Committee will open the Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Awards application on December 1. The Michael J. Asher Awards will be given to two students based on their doctoral dissertation proposals related to the use of Contextual Behavioral Science with children/adolescents. Accompanying this honor will be two monetary awards of $750.00 USD to be used in support of research and/or to facilitate travel to the ACBS World Conference. The application deadline is February 1, 2022. Read more.

 

In Case You Missed It . . .


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy exceeds 800 Randomized Controlled Trials

The milestone of 800 Randomized Controlled Trials represents the culmination of more than 30 years of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy research. The ACBS Communications Committee maintains the list of RCTs on the ACT Randomized Controlled Trials webpage. It is a great resource with information about each study's trial area, trial conditions, and sample size, plus a link to the full text of each study.

 

World Health Organization recommends ACT for the management of chronic pain in children

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its “Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children.” The WHO guidelines contain exciting news for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy researchers and practitioners: ACT is specifically recommended for use. The guidelines state there is “moderate certainty evidence" in support of ACT in improving functional disability. Read more.

The State of ACT Evidence webpage has the full list of organizations that describe ACT, or areas of ACT, as evidence based.

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2020 Student SIG Newsletter

2020 Student SIG Newsletter

Student Newsletter - November 2020


ACBS Student Special Interest Group

Welcome to the ACBS Student Newsletter! With almost 1,900 ACBS student members worldwide, we are showcasing what the ACBS Student Special Interest Group (SIG) has to offer. There are many ways that students can participate in ACBS, such as attending webinars, applying for scholarships to the annual World Conference, or volunteering for Chapters. We encourage you to read more about the Student SIG on the ACBS website and to take this opportunity to
join the ACBS Student SIG today.

The 2020-21 Student SIG leaders are the Student Representative to the ACBS Board of Directors, Lam Ching Yee (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and the Student SIG Co-Chair, Benjamin Ramos (University of Edinburgh, UK). Thank you Lam Ching Yee and Benjamin Ramos for volunteering for ACBS!

The ACBS Student SIG has three different ways to stay in touch! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The Student SIG also has an email listserv, on which ACBS members post information about webinars, workshops, scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships, job postings, and other resources and events relevant to students. We encourage you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and the Student SIG listserv, so that you can stay informed about what our special interest group is doing throughout the year.


DEI SIG Webinars

We are pleased announce the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SIG, in partnership with the Asian Culture and CBS SIG, is hosting the webinar "Cultural Humility in Counseling and Clinical Supervision with Dr. Peitao Zhu" on December 5, 2020. Register here. This will be the DEI SIG's fifth webinar of 2020. We encourage you to watch the recordings of the previous webinars on the DEI SIG Resources webpage and check out the ACBS community calendar for upcoming ACBS Chapters and SIG events.


2021 ACBS World Conference

ACBS Virtual World Conference 19 - June 24-27, 2021
Call for Submissions is Open
List of conference Awards and Scholarships
Register your interest in the 2021 ACBS World Conference


Student Spotlight Award Application Deadline is November 28, 2020

The Student Spotlight Program highlights students who are doing important work in the CBS community, whether through research, clinical, or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. This program is a great way to celebrate their achievements and let the entire ACBS community know about valuable work students are doing. The spotlighted students will receive a 30% discount off the ACBS World Conference student registration fee. The application deadline is November 28, 2020. Apply here.


Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Awards Application Deadline is February 1, 2021

The Awards Committee will open the Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Awards application on December 1, 2020. The Michael J. Asher Awards will be given to two students based on their doctoral dissertation proposals related to the use of Contextual Behavioral Science with children/adolescents. Accompanying this honor will be two monetary awards of $750.00 USD to be used in support of research and/or to facilitate travel to the ACBS World Conference. Read more.


ACBS Foundation: Funding Opportunities for Students

- The ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship covers the full registration fee for two students to attend the ACBS World Conference. The application deadline is February 15th. Apply here.
- The Foundation is proud to announce a new grant funding opportunity for CBS projects related to the environment, social justice, and behavior in real life contexts. The grant application will open on January 15, 2021 and close on March 1, 2021. Read more about the ACBS Foundation Grant.


ACBS Chapters and Special Interest Groups

A great way to get involved in ACBS is to join a local Chapter. ACBS has 44 Chapters located in 32 countries worldwide. Click here for the list of the ACBS Chapters. If you want to learn more about a specific topic, then we encourage you to check out the list of 40 Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Most SIGs have email listservs that you can join and a webpage containing SIG-related resources. Please submit the SIG membership form for each SIG that you interested in joining. Click here for the list of ACBS SIGs.


Internships and Post-Doc Fellowships on website

Did you know that ACBS allows its members to post information about their institutions' CBS-friendly Pre-Doctoral Internships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships? You can see the full list of internships and fellowships on the ACBS website.  If you know of a CBS-friendly internship or fellowship, please email the information to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org.


Submit Your Dissertations to Be Added on the ACBS Website

Do you have a CBS dissertation? Then please email your dissertation and citation to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org and we will add it in the list of publications on the ACBS website. We know you put a lot of work into your dissertation, so we encourage you to share your dissertation so that other ACBS members may read it!


ACBS Members can read the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science for free

ACBS members can read the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science for free. JCBS publishes four volumes each year. Recently, JCBS also had three special issues: CBS Perspectives on COVID-19; Interbehaviorism as Contextualism; and Contextual Behavioral Science and the Psychedelic Renaissance. ACBS members can read the current Volume 19, past Volumes 1-18, and the special issues for free in the JCBS member portal.

In case you missed it . . .


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy exceeds 400 Randomized Controlled Trials

September 2020: The milestone of 400 Randomized Controlled Trials represents the culmination of more than 30 years of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy research. The ACBS Communications Committee maintains the list of RCTs on the ACT Randomized Controlled Trials webpage. It is a great resource with information about each study's trial area, trial conditions, and sample size, plus a link to the full text of each study.


Student Committed Action Fuels Growth of ACBS Pennsylvania Chapter and Delaware Valley Affiliate

February 2020: The Pennsylvania Chapter and the Delaware Valley Affiliate in the Philadelphia region have benefitted greatly from the students volunteering for them. In return, volunteering for the chapter has given the students opportunities to further their research, leadership skills, and professional networks. Read more.



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2019 Student SIG Newsletter

2019 Student SIG Newsletter

Student Newsletter - Summer 2019

 

Greetings from the Student SIG

Welcome to the ACBS Student Newsletter! With over 1,700 ACBS student members worldwide, we are showcasing what the ACBS Student Special Interest Group (SIG) has to offer and to highlight some of the interesting things that students are doing. There are many ways that students can participate in ACBS, such as watching Student SIG Webinars and applying for scholarships to the World Conference. We are excited to announce the new Student Representative to the ACBS Board of Directors, Varsha Eswara Murthy. Thank you to Sonia Singh for serving as the Student Representative and to Maureen Satyshur for serving as the Student SIG Co-Chair for the past year, you will be missed! The Student SIG will be electing a new Co-Chair soon, so stay tuned for the co-chair elections this summer. We hope you enjoy reading the Student Newsletter!


Interview with ACBS member Amanda Muñoz-Martínez

We love to learn about what the ACBS student members are doing. For our Summer 2019 student newsletter, we interviewed Amanda Muñoz-Martínez, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno and currently an Intern in the Counseling and Mental Health Center at The University of Texas at Austin.


Graduate Student Publications

We are proud to showcase our students publishing their work and contributing to the literature of CBS. Congratulations to Orla Moran, a doctoral student at University College, Ireland, and Clarissa Ong, a graduate student at Utah State University, USA, for publishing articles about CBS in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. You can read more about the articles here.


Student SIG Webinars

We are pleased about the return of the Student SIG Webinar Series this year. All of our webinars are recorded and can be found here. We had two webinars in the month of May, “What’s So Special about Behavior Analysis? A Chat with Emily Sandoz” and “Dreams Do Come True (With A Lot of Work): How Becca Epps Emerged From Amy ReBEKAH EPStein Murrell” with Dr. Amy Murrell. We hope to have more webinars in 2019. Stay tuned!


Internships and Post-Doc Fellowships on website

Did you know that ACBS allows its members to post information about their institutions' CBS-friendly Pre-Doctoral Internships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. You can see the full list of internships and fellowships on the ACBS website.  If you know of a CBS-friendly internship or fellowship, please email the information to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org.


Submit Your Dissertations to Be Put on the ACBS Website

Do you have a CBS dissertation? Then please email your dissertation and citation to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org and we will post it in the list of publications on the ACBS website. We know you put a lot of work into your dissertation, so we encourage you to share your dissertation so that other ACBS members may read it!


Stay in Touch with Facebook, Twitter, and the Listserv

The Student Special Interest Group (SIG) has four different ways to stay in touch!  You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and the Student SIG listserv. We have also re-vamped our blog. You can visit the Student SIG blog here. With these you can stay informed about what the ACBS Student SIG is doing throughout the year.


Student SIG Meeting at the ACBS Annual World Conference: Thursday 27 June at 12:45

The Student SIG will have our annual meeting on Thursday 27 June at 12:45 in Room QG15 in the Business School. We will discuss the progress of the SIG, upcoming projects, and goals that students would like to see accomplished within the organization. We will also spend some time getting to know each other in an informal setting. All are welcome to attend this event. (The Student SIG Meeting will be led by Student Representative Varsha Eswara Murthy.)


ACBS World Conference Sessions of Interest to Students

- "Rookies Retreat: First ACBS Conference" Wednesday at 18:00 in the Blue Room in The Helix. Join Jessica Borushok & Kori Schagunn as they welcome you to your first (or one of your first) ACBS World Conferences. They’ll give you a little information about the conference, and do some icebreakers.
- ACBS Research Mentoring Lunch, Thursday at 12:05 in the Gallery in The Helix. Are you a graduate student who is interested in conducting CBS research? Then grab your lunch and bring it to this first-ever mentoring lunch with established ACBS researchers whose interests may align with yours. In this informal setting, ask about their research, how they entered the field and overcame obstacles, or any other relevant topics. All conference attendee researchers are welcome - no prior sign-up required.
- Poster Session and Networking Event at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Thursday at 18:45. This offsite event includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral entry, light appetizers, three drinks and motor coach transportation to/from DCU. Conference name badge required to access busing and entry to St. Patrick’s.
- Session 115. "Secrets of Getting your Behavioral Science Research Grant Funded Workshop" Saturday at 13:20 - 16:30 in Room QG13. This workshop provides training in what grant reviewers look for when they critique a behavioral research proposal.
- Session 160. "Ask the Editors: An Open Floor Panel Discussion with Members of JCBS' Editorial Team" Sunday at 10:35 in Room Q121. The current Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors of JCBS, will open the floor for potential authors to guide a discussion of the review process, criteria for acceptance, policies and procedures, and any other topics that might help prepare ACBS members, including those without prior authorship experience, to submit for publication in JCBS.


2019 Awards and Scholarships

We are excited to announce that several ACBS Student SIG Members received awards and scholarships at the ACBS World Conference 17 in Dublin, Ireland. Click here to view the complete list of scholarship and award recipients.


Download the Conference App

Instructions for installing the ACBS Conference App: (1)Go to your phone’s app store. Search for Yapp. Install Yapp on your phone. (2)Open Yapp. (3) Click on “+”at the top. (4)Type ACBS in the box that says Enter Yapp Id and click Add. (5)The ACBS World Conference logo will appear on your screen. Click on the logo and the app will open.


ACT in Context Podcast

The ACT in Context Podcast is freely available to anyone. This podcast will primarily focus on ACT, but it will often touch upon several related issues such as behavioral principles, the underlying theory of language (Relational Frame Theory) and philosophy of science. You can listen to the podcast on the ACBS website.


ACBS Members can read the JCBS for free

ACBS members can read the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science for free. The JCBS releases four volumes per year. Recently, the JCBS released 2 special issues: ACT for Autism and Related Disorders and ACT Process Measurement. ACBS members can read these papers for in the JCBS member portal.



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Graduate Student Publications

Graduate Student Publications

We are proud to display the great work our students are doing by contributing to meaningful science. Orla Moran is earning her PhD in Psychology at University College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and recently published this meaningful paper examining the contributions of self-as- distinction and self-as-hierarchy on relevant mental health variables. Clarissa Ong is a graduate student in the combined Clinical/Counseling PhD program at Utah State University. She has recently published a study utilizing ACT vs. waitlist control to treat clinical perfectionism. All of our students work extremely hard to publish, present, and disseminate their research and we are pleased to feature some of their articles below:

Moran, O., & McHugh, L. (2019). Patterns of relational responding and a healthy self in older adolescents. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2019.02.002

Evidence from Contextual Behavioral Science indicates that two patterns of relating facilitate a sense of self, namely, self-as-distinction and self-as-hierarchy. Although the latter has been associated with better mental health outcomes relative to self-as-distinction, to date these types of relating have not been examined directly at a baseline level, wherein manipulation has not occurred. The present study examined the relative contribution of self-as-distinction and self-as- hierarchy on depression, stress, and anxiety in a sample of 102 young people, while controlling for deictic ability and gender. The role of psychological flexibility was also examined using mediation analysis. While self-as-hierarchy emerged as a significant predictor of lower levels of stress and depression, psychological flexibility was not found to mediate this relationship. Self- as-distinction did not emerge as a significant predictor of any outcome variable. Suggestions for future research on the basis of these findings are discussed. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212144718302539

Ong, C. W., Lee, E. B., Krafft, J., Terry, C. L., Barrett, T. S., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for clinical perfectionism. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.

Clinical perfectionism is characterized by imposing excessively high standards on oneself and experiencing severe distress when standards are not met. It has been found to contribute to the development and maintenance of various clinical presentations including anxiety, obsessive- compulsive, and eating disorders. The present study tested the efficacy of ten weekly individual sessions of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) relative to a waitlist control on clinical perfectionism and global outcomes among 53 individuals with clinical perfectionism. ACT is a process-based therapy that targets maladaptive underlying processes (e.g., rigid adherence to unrealistic high standards) rather than symptom topography (e.g., anxiety, depression). Participants completed assessments at pretreatment, posttreatment, and one-month follow-up. Results indicated compared to the waitlist condition, the ACT condition led to greater improvements in clinical perfectionism as well as outcomes related to wellbeing, functional impairment, distress, and processes of change. Our study suggests targeting core dysfunctional processes (i.e., clinical perfectionism) rather than symptom topography with treatments like ACT is feasible and efficacious, supporting a shift from symptom-focused to process-based care. We also note potential weaknesses in our treatment protocol and study methodology that should be addressed in future research. Study limitations included a small sample size and high dropout rate (35.7%). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211364919300120?dgcid=rss_sd_all

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Interview with ACBS member Amanda Muñoz-Martínez.

Interview with ACBS member Amanda Muñoz-Martínez.

Who are you?

My name is Amanda Muñoz-Martínez. I’m currently doing my clinical internship in the Counseling and Mental Health Center at The University of Texas at Austin. I’m also a last year student in the doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno.

I identify as a Latina woman from Colombia. My identity as woman has been particularly important over my life. I have had extraordinary women mentors, starting with mom. To honor her, I decided keeping her last name (Martínez). So, when people ask me about my two last names, I always have the opportunity of describing the role of my mom in my life and other important women.

What got you started in the field? 

I have been always fascinated by people’s behavior. I remember myself reflecting on why people make decisions even though these might lead them to a negative end. Coming from Colombia, a developing country, where social problems abound, I remember discussing in our family reunions the social inequalities with which we had to deal, and during out reunions we would end up saying “that is what we have and it is never going to change.” However, I never could accept that our situation couldn’t change because I witnessed how my parents were able to change the course of their life by working hard pursuing their goals. They both came from rural areas where the violence and the political corruption took the wealth of their families away, requiring that they migrate with their hands empty to the big city to start a new life. I remember seeing the effort they put to make our life conditions better. I remember thinking to myself, if my parents were able to change their lives, maybe I could help to change another people’s life for better.

My parents’ example also fostered in me a unique sense of responsibility. They always encouraged me to observe the circumstances that led me to behave in different ways and take responsibility for the consequences of my actions without blaming myself or others. They cultivated in me a sense of mutual responsibility by identifying the relation between individuals’ behaviors and their contexts.

Growing up in this environment planted the initial seeds for my interest in understanding individuals’ behavior and helping others to achieve a meaningful life, which inevitably led me to study psychology. During my undergraduate years, I was attracted to behavioral psychology because the core assumptions of this perspective fit nicely with the values I was taught at home and provided me with a rationale that strengthens my belief that people can change under the appropriate circumstances. Later, on my master’s in clinical psychology, I got in touch with verbal behavior and relational frame theory. I was encouraged by my mentors to analyze and explain the behavior of typically developed individuals based on contextual behavioral approaches. This process was open-eyed, I discovered the role of rules and poor socio-verbal communities in the acquisition and maintenance of psychological problems while learn to implement process-based interventions such as FAP, ACT, and behavioral activation to aid clients’ functioning better in their world.

How did you get connected to the ACBS community?

I’m coming from a master’s program with a strong emphasis on the relationship between philosophical principles and clinical practice. While I was in my master’s at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia), my mentors Monica Novoa-Gómez Ph.D and Blanca P. Ballesteros, M.S. invited me to a study group in contextual behavioral science. At my first year, I studied the basic principles of relational frame theory and their relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In my second year, Monica recommended me to read the first published book of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). She believed I would feel fascinated by their approach to the therapeutic relationship and its emphasis in the present moment. She was right! After reading the first three chapters of this book, I was in love with FAP. I wanted to know everything about its principles and applications. This led me to contact Mavis Tsai Ph.D., who was my first contact with the English-speaking community in the ACBS. Mavis was strongly supportive and encouraging. She recommended me to contact Jonathan Kanter Ph.D. for conducting a training in FAP and Behavioral Activation in Bogota. Jonathan’s visit to Bogota was enlightened; he provided me with tons of information on FAP and other contextual behavioral science. He also recommended me to participate in the ACBS so that I would connect with other contextual scientists. All of them have supported me in a way or another to be a member of the ACBS community.

How has the ACBS community supported you as a student?

The ACBS community has allowed be to build strong connection with other colleges that are interested in the same areas than me. ACBS has provided an intellectually supportive environment. I have had the opportunity to think and design projects with other members as well as move construct a reliable source of knowledge.

What would you like to see from ACBS as we move forward in working to reduce suffering in the world?

One of the biggest factors associated with suffering is loneliness. I think that underrepresented communities within the ACBS get to feel lonely sometimes. Non-English speakers lack access to training and intervention materials or struggle with translating them with fidelity. Implementation and dissemination of contextual therapies have been limited by language and cultural validity, and as a consequence, they have not been fully utilized in these contexts. Promotion of conferences, seminars, and webinars in a foreign language could be food alternatives to overcoming the barriers of language while enhancing equity, multiculturalism, and accessibility in the ACBS. In addition, providing funding for full researchers and students that work with Non-English speaker’s population, it’s an important step to generate a global impact on psychological suffering.

Another area that requires more support to reduce suffering is translational research. Changes on criteria for validating interventions require a more in-depth analysis of the explanatory process of therapy. Improving knowledge on the mechanisms of change of treatment would aid effectiveness and efficiency by providing information on why, to whom, and under what conditions interventions work. Developing personalized interventions based on clinical science is the opportunity to start including clients underserved and underrepresent who have been ignored by the science of “normality.”

What are the most important values that you bring to your work?

“Connection” is one of my more critical values that permeates my life. Having a strong interpersonal connection has helped me to grow and flourish in my professional life. My dissertation would not be possible without my research team; we all support and learned together. Our connection allowed us to thrive, finding meaning and fun on difficult times. I have learned that good company makes your life better. In this path, I found that understanding, explaining, and providing opportunities to nurture connection is one of my passions. I want to explore this area in my work as a researcher and develop clinical tools for clinicians pursuing a similar path with their clients.

“Balance” is another principal value for me. I try the best as I can to be fair with myself and others. I have an incredible sense of justice. I believe that hard work requires a high dose of self-care. For years, I tended to put a lot of attention on my work and often found myself burnout. By the time I learned to place some weighs in the self-care side, I had become aware of other areas in my life that I wanted to pay attention and care such as family and friends. I discovered that productive work is the result of investing time on my job while taking care of other meaningful domains in my life. Often, I find myself thinking about how to satisfy I am with the way I’m distributing my daily activities. This ongoing self-reflection allowed me to redistribute my activities and even my balance.

What's next for you?

I will graduate from my program in May 2019. I will start a one-year position as a postdoc that will transition to an assistant professorship on the Fall, 2020 in the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. I will start a research lab to study social competence and connection as well as process-based interventions. This lab will be based on CBS and will extend the knowledge in explanatory processes of interpersonal functioning while developing process-based interventions for enhancing people social competence.
 

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Scholarship and Award Recipients

Scholarship and Award Recipients

Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Award

  • Self-compassion: Promoting resilience and well-being in adolescent populations – Madeleine Ferrari, The University of Sydney, Australia

Student World Conference Scholarships

  • Kate Barrett, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Catriona Connelly, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Lauren Johnson, Drexel University, USA
  • Stephen Richer, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  • Eric Tifft, University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Student Spotlight Program

  • Sérgio Andrade Carvalho, Portugal
  • Lynn Farrell, Ireland
  • Lauren B. Johnson, USA
  • Ethan Lester, USA
  • Raul Vaz Manzione, Brazil
  • Amanda Rhodes, USA

Junior Investigator Poster Award

  • How to act with narrative: A single case experimental design pilot study using a process-based psychotherapy informed by RFT- Daniel Wallsten, Thomas Parling, Ph.D., Ciara McEnteggart, Ph.D., Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D., Colin Harte
  • The Meta-Analytic Evidence of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Review - Noemi Walder, BSc, Michael Levin, Ph.D., Michael Twohig, Ph.D., Maria Karekla, Ph.D., Andrew Gloster, Ph.D.
  • Acceptance-based exposure and behavioral measurement: A case study of an elderly woman with obsessive compulsive disorder - Atsushi Seguchi, M.A.
  • A mobile game for improving psychological flexibility skills in elementary school children - Katariina Keinonen, Anna-Lotta Lappalainen, M.S., Päivi Lappalainen, Ph.D., Raimo Lappalainen, Ph.D.
  • Self-Compassion Moderates Hopelessness in Predicting Suicide Ideation Among People Living With HIV/AIDS - Lauren B. Johnson, M.Ed., M.S., C. Virginia O' Hayer, Ph.D., Chelsi Nurse, B.S.
  • Assessing the efficacy of an ACT hybrid intervention for anxiety disorders and the added value of a weekly phone call: preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial - Lauriane Lapointe, Joel Gagnon, Guillaume Foldes-Busque, Ph.D., Nadia Gagnon, M.Ps., Frédérick Dionne, Ph.D.

Developing Nations World Conference Scholarships

  • Meryem Laamouri, Morocco
  • Dario Lipovac, Bosnia/Herzegovina
  • Gabriel Sebastian Lizada, Philippines
  • Khamisi Musanje, Uganda

Diversity World Conference Scholarships

  • Lais Nicolodi, Brazil
  • Taslim Tharani, United Kingdom
  • Jan Topczewski, Poland

Women in ACBS SIG Scholarship

  • Burcak Kapar, Türkiye
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Student Rep. Varsha Eswara Murthy

Student Rep. Varsha Eswara Murthy

Varsha Eswara Murthy, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Student SIG Co-Chair and ACBS Board of Directors Student Representative
Varsha Eswara Murthy is a doctoral research student in University College Dublin (UCD). Varsha completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at UCD, graduating top of her Masters of Psychological Science class. Varsha’s thesis focuses on developing and evaluating CBS interventions for marginalised populations, specifically those experiencing homelessness. With rising rates of homelessness and the resulting human suffering, the development of practicable and empirically validated interventions with a strong theoretical basis that will serve this population has been a goal of hers for some time. Alongside researching the development and efficacy of ACT interventions, Varsha has a background in basic science research and translating this research into applied contexts. She has published research in the area. Varsha has been a member of ACBS since 2015 and has presented her research at international conferences. Varsha hopes to continue researching and developing empirically supported CBS interventions for marginalised populations and the general public.

I am passionate about science communication, researching and translating basic science into applied practices. I will explore different avenues where students can highlight their research and get excited about basic science and its applications. I will put more robust formal supports in place that encourage members to communicate research within their communities, in academic and public contexts. My goal is to build supports for student members to collaborate on innovative research and to provide training by experts in the association. Working with marginalised populations, I am sensitive to the need to create safe and welcoming environments to people from diverse backgrounds. I will find new avenues to enhance the continued growth of a diverse student membership. I am confident that I can bring your ideas and concerns to the board, in order to enhance student involvement and help foster the development of the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

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2018 Student SIG Newsletter

2018 Student SIG Newsletter

ACBS Student Newsletter

December 2018

 

Greetings from the Student SIG Co-Chairs Sonia Singh and Maureen Satyshur

Welcome to the inaugural ACBS Student Newsletter! With over 1,700 ACBS student members worldwide, we decided to showcase what the ACBS Student Special Interest Group (SIG) has to offer and to highlight some of the interesting things that students are doing. There are many ways that students can participate in ACBS, such as the JCBS Student Editorial Board, scholarships to the World Conference, and being a reviewer for student awards. We hope you enjoy reading the Student Newsletter!  - Sonia and Mo

 

Interview with ACBS member Kim Gushanas

We love to learn about what the ACBS student members are doing. For our inaugural student newsletter, we interviewed Kim Gushanas, a Doctoral Candidate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and currently an Intern in Integrated Pediatric Psychology with the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas, USA.

 

Graduate Student Publications

We are proud to showcase our students publishing their work and contributing to the literature of CBS. Congratulations to Eric Lee, a 5th year student at Utah State University, and Leah Bogusch, a 4th year student at Bowling Green State University, for publishing articles about ACT in the journals Behavior Modification and Clinical Case Studies. You can read more about the artilces here.

 

Student Spotlight Award

The ACBS Student Spotlight Program highlights students who are doing important work in the CBS community, whether for research, clinical, and/or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. This program is a great way to highlight their achievements and let the ACBS community know about important work students are doing. The spotlighted students will get 30% off the ACBS World Conference student registration fee.  Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2019 to  March 29, 2019.

 

JCBS Student Editorial Board

The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science plans to seat a Student Editorial Board (SEB), comprised of graduate students interested in CBS. Once appointed, SEB members will review JCBS articles, gaining invaluable experience in the peer-review process and helping to steer the content of JCBS.

 

Internships and Post-Doc Fellowships on website

Did you know that ACBS allows its members to post information about their institutions' CBS-friendly Pre-Doctoral Internships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. You can see the full list of internships and fellowships on the ACBS website.  If you know of a CBS-friendly internship or fellowship, please email the information to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org.

 

Submit Your Dissertations to Be Put on the ACBS Website

Do you have a CBS dissertation? Then please email your dissertation and citation to acbsstaff@contextualscience.org and we will post it in the list of publications on the ACBS website. We know you put a lot of work into your dissertation, so we encourage you to share your dissertation so that other ACBS members may read it!

 

Be a Reviewer for the ACBS Student SIG Awards Committee!

We are currently seeking motivated students to review the awards for the ACBS Student SIG. This would require a time commitment of approximately one hour in the fall semester and spring semester. You would be asked to review a small number of award submissions and grade them based on a rubric. This is also a cool CV line and additive service to ACBS and the Student SIG. Please email Sonia Singh at rjsingh@bgsu.edu to express interest.

 

ACBS Annual World Conference 17: Dublin, Ireland

25-30 June, 2019
Reserve your room now!
Click here for information about World Conference 17 accommodations.

Call for Submissions

We are excited to invite you to join us in Dublin, Ireland for the 17th Annual World Conference of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) 25-30 June, 2019. We are accepting submissions for symposia, papers, panels, workshops, Ignite sessions, and posters. Oral Presentation deadline is February 15,  2019.  Poster deadline is March 20, 2019.  Please click here for more information.

Scholarships to the ACBS World Conference are now open

- Diversity Conference Scholarships - Deadline is February 1, 2019
- Developing Nations Conference Scholarships - Deadline is February 1, 2019
- Student Conference Scholarships - Deadline is February 15, 2019

ACBS Junior Investigator Poster Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and help develop junior investigators conducting research in Contextual Behavioral Science and who are presenting the results of this research at the ACBS annual world conference. Eligible candidates for this award include undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows presenting first-authored posters at the annual world conference. To be considered for the award, please self-nominate by indicating your interest when you submit your poster for the ACBS World Conference.  Read more about the award here.

Asher Dissertation Award: Application Deadline is February 1, 2019

The Asher Dissertation Awards will be given to two students based on their doctoral dissertation proposal related to the use of Contextual Behavioral Science with children/adolescents. Accompanying this honor will be a monetary award of $750 USD and $250 USD to be used in support of research (e.g., to pay participants, to purchase testing equipment) and/or to facilitate travel to the ACBS annual conference.  The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.


Stay in Touch with Facebook, Twitter, and the Listserv

The Student Special Interest Group (SIG) has three different ways to stay in touch!  You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and the Student SIG listserv. These are three fun ways to stay informed about what the ACBS Student SIG is doing throughout the year.

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Graduate Student Publications

Graduate Student Publications

Eric Lee is a 5th year student at Utah State University working with Mike Twohig. This study is a randomized controlled trial utilizing a 10-session standalone ACT protocol for trichotillomania. This study provides evidence that ACT alone is an effective treatment for people with trichotillomania.

Lee, E. B., Homan, K. J., Morrison, K. L., Ong, C. W., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for trichotillomania: A randomized controlled trial of adults and adolescents. Behavior modification, 0145445518794366.

Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a standalone treatment for trichotillomania in a randomized controlled trial of adults and adolescents. Participants consisted of a community sample of treatment seeking adults and adolescents with trichotillomania. Of the eligible 39 participants randomized into treatment and waitlist groups, 25 completed treatment and were included in the final analysis. Treatment consisted of a 10-session ACT protocol. Multiple mixed models repeated measures analyses were utilized to evaluate changes in trichotillomania symptom severity, daily number of hairs pulled and urges experienced, and experiential avoidance from pretreatment to posttreatment. Findings indicated significant changes in symptom severity and daily hairs pulled, but not daily urges experienced or psychological flexibility. However, psychological flexibility saw a 24.5% decrease in the treatment group and reduced from clinical to subclinical levels on average. This study suggests that ACT alone is an effective treatment for adults and adolescents with trichotillomania. Outcomes appear to be similar to trials that combined ACT and habit reversal training (HRT).

 

Leah Bogusch is a 4th year student at Bowling Green State University. This study is a case study in which the authors utilize ACT as a treatment for a client with emetophobia (phobia of vomiting). The results indicate symptom improvement from pre-treatment, post-treatment, 6-month follow up, and 12-month follow up.

Bogusch, L. M., Moeller, M. T., & O’Brien, W. H. (2018). Case Study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Functional Analysis for Emetophobia. Clinical Case Studies, 17(2), 77-90.

Abstract
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral therapy that is an empirically supported treatment for various mental health concerns. ACT has been found to be efficacious for treating different types of anxiety disorders. This case study presents the conceptualization (functional analysis), treatment (ACT), and treatment outcomes of a client who presented with emetophobia, a phobia of vomiting, complicated by a metabolic disorder. Measures of emetophobia symptoms, mindfulness, cognitive fusion, thought control strategies, and believability of anxious thoughts and feelings, were collected at pretreatment, posttreatment, 6-month follow-up, and 12-month follow-up. The Reliable Change Index was used to evaluate changes across time. Large and clinically significant decreases on all measures were observed at posttreatment. At 12-month follow-up, improvements were maintained on all measures except the Reappraisal subscale of the Thought Control scale. The implications of this study are discussed, and recommendations are made for clinicians using ACT for the treatment of emetophobia.
 

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Interview with ACBS member Kim Gushanas

Interview with ACBS member Kim Gushanas

Who are you?

Kim Gushanas, MA, Doctoral Candidate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and currently an Intern in Integrated Pediatric Psychology with the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, TX. When I was a child I desperately wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer... and in my first graduate school class, I knew I had made it when we read a book by Karen Pryor- a behavioral psychologist and former dolphin trainer!!

What got you started in the field? 

I actually always knew I would be in the field somehow. From a very young age, I was fascinated by what made people who they are- I read books about different cultures, religions, foods, folklore, evolution... and then I took my first psychology class in high school and knew that I had found where I was meant to be. Something about giving people a space to tell (and retell) their story felt like home to me.

How did you get connected to the ACBS community?

I had an amazing graduate professor in my clinical master's program at the University of Houston Clear Lake- Dub Norwood. He decided one semester to start teaching us about ACT and it blew me away! I had some practice in mindfulness but hadn't yet learned anything that felt as honest and truthful to the human experience. It was very inspiring, and although I didn't understand half of what we were learning, it stuck with me.

How has the ACBS community supported you as a student?

As a professional, it's really been a resource for me throughout my training and now with my current research and dissertation. I have relied on the website often to brainstorm when I get stuck with a client or to seek consultation/supervision when I feel out of touch. There aren't many who practice within the ACBS community in Austin, so it's really important to have such a great resource to draw from. As an individual, I have grown so much through my study and practice. I have never felt more connected to others than when I am attending to my values. It has really shaped my life in incredible ways to take what I have learned and apply it to myself and my career.

What would you like to see from ACBS as we move forward in working to reduce suffering in the world?

There are two things... As a pediatric psychology student working in primary and integrated care settings, I would love to see more research focusing on brief interventions with trauma populations, especially youth and their families. In Texas, the majority of individuals I work with are first-generation Americans or immigrants who have suffered significant trauma throughout their short lives. And unfortunately, this population is growing. I think this is definitely an area of growth for our community.

Second, I am a member of the Women's SIG, and I have seen so much beautiful honesty and stretching of the limits in that group in the last year. The women there are using our collective voice to show up for each other, and to help remind those who are listening what it means to truly value another for who and what they are. I hope that we can use that strength to disseminate the same level of compassion in a way that is accessible and inclusive to everyone.

What are the most important values that you bring to your work?

Self-awareness as a clinician and trying to remember to check myself during and between sessions. Respect- for myself, my clients, my colleagues, my community, and really humanity as a whole- especially when our values don't align. Everyone deserves to be heard.

What's next for you?

First, finish collecting data for my dissertation- I am looking at the transmission of anxiety from parent to child by studying parental experiential avoidance as a mediator in the accommodation of children with OCD. If anyone knows of parents who are interested in participating- please send them my way for a screening: rebrand.ly/ocdstudy

Then, Post-Doc, hopefully in a position where I am able to focus on pediatric trauma, maladjustment, and anxiety in an integrated setting.
 

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Student SIG/Committee Fundraising

Student SIG/Committee Fundraising

Funds collected via the Student SIG/Committee are used for scholarships to support attendance to the ACBS World Conference (registration/travel). Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated!

Please note that this contribution does not qualify as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, according to USA tax law ... but it's a nice thing to do.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) ACT SIG

Veterans Affairs (VA) ACT SIG

Department of Veterans Affairs ACT Special Interest Group (VA ACT SIG)

Affiliated 2011

Click Here to Join the Veteran Affairs ACT (VA ACT) SIG and its Listserv!

You will be added as a member to the SIG and to the SIG's email listserv. You will receive those messages in daily digest form (by default). If you would like to change your email delivery preference, you can do so here.

Contact Information

Alycia Zink, Ph.D.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Tacoma, Washington, USA

2022 Officers

Alycia Zink - President 

Jennifer George - Vice President 

Charlie Deleeuw - Member-at-large 

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed by SIG

The general interest area is the promotion and evaluation of members' practice of ACT and the dissemination of these findings.

Mission/Objectives

The Department of Veterans Affairs ACT Special Interest Group's (VA ACT SIG) mission is to promote the clinical practice and research of ACT within the VA by creating an open, collegial, and supportive environment for all VA clinicians and researchers (interns, fellows, and full-time staff) to learn, practice, and study ACT. This SIG seeks to promote the evaluation of members' practices and dissemination of these findings. The SIG encourages its members to creatively apply ACT principles to their work environment, training programs, clinical practice, research, and VA-public sector cooperative efforts.

SIG Activities

To accomplish this mission, this SIG will promote the utilization and research of ACT through the following activities:

  • VA ACT SIG listserv
  • Resources on the ACBS website.

 

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Women in ACBS SIG

Women in ACBS SIG

Women in ACBS Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2016

Click here to join the Women in ACBS SIG and its Listserv!

Contact Information

Jenna LeJeune
Denver, CO

2023 - 2024 SIG Board

Co-President - Jenna Lejeune
Co-President - Sarah Pegrum
Members at Large -  Geraldine Panelli, Racheli Miller & Camille Summers
Managers - Ashlyne Mullen & Francesca Brandolin
Student Reps - Rina Goldstein & Kimberly Collins

SIG Mission

Gender disparities are reflected in the field of behavioral science, as well as in ACBS. These issues, however, are not specific to our organization, but rather, are a worldwide problem that we believe requires patient, relentless attention and engagement in order to foster prosocial change. We believe that women’s lack of a platform from which to share their perspectives diminishes us as a scientific organization, and limits our ability to represent and serve others who may become part of, or benefit from, our work as a professional body. We suggest that the best way to address this issue is to create a space in which women and allies interested in women’s issues may speak and listen to one another. In so doing, we hope that this space will reflect a more balanced and diverse perspective capable of effecting meaningful change in our organization and our world. Thus, we propose the development of a Women’s SIG.

The ACBS Women’s SIG will reflect diversity not just as a value, but also as a practical strategy for facilitating more individual, innovative approaches that include challenges to the organization to overcome disparity as well as to support meaningful growth. As well, we hope that a women's SIG will support the development of a more diverse organization by providing a safe space in which individuals may speak from or share women’s perspectives. We hope that this SIG will allow us to raise issues pertaining to women, and to create sensitivity to the context in which women live, as that context often inherently reflects discrimination and a power differential, to different degrees, across most environments. It is our hope that this SIG will enrich the conversation for all, regardless of gender. We will strive to engage in the community in prosocial ways that help ACBS identify policies and practices that need to change, and to follow those discoveries with action. We would like this group to be a powerful advocate for women of color, for women in oppressive cultures, for young women clinicians and behavioral scientists. Our goal will be to lift them up by its example, help build their strengths, and help them speak with authority and expertise as well as to feel comfortable in bringing the unique and valuable perspective of women to bear on the growth and development of ACBS.

SIG Activities

1. Conference presentation at the ACBS World Conference
2. SIG meeting at the ACBS World Conference
3. Email listserv
4. Work to further equity for women across the world through small projects

Go here to give to the Women in ACBS SIG

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WIACBS Resources and Activities

WIACBS Resources and Activities

In an effort to connect and empower each other, we’ve created this page to amplify the work of our members.

If you have something to share, please contact any of our board members.

Social Media Contacts

Twitter

Sabrina Norwood @sabrina_norwood Lynn Farrel @LynnTFarrell
Deirdre Waters @deirdremwaters  Amy House @AmyHousePhD
Lauren Borges @laurenmborges Janina Scarlet @ShadowQuill
Dianne Shumay @dianneSF Helen McGillivray @CompassTherapy
Dr Claire Milligan @ClaireMilliga11 Brenda Bomgardner @BrendaBomgardnr
Louise Hayes @_louise_hayes Leann Harris @TTReadThis
Natalie Roberts @DrNatalieDawn1 Dr. Graciela Rovner @GracielaRovner
Taslim Tharani @TaslimTharani Jennifer Kemp @jenniferkemp2
Tiffany Rochester @thesamemountain  
Dr Helen Sinclair @DrHelenPsych Jill Stoddard @jill_stoddard
Vanessa del Aguila @vanemindful Priscilla Almada @PriscillaAlmada
Sari harenwall @harenwall Nealon Lennox @NealonLennox
Laura Silberstein-Tirch @SilbersteinPsyD  

 

Instagram 

Abigail Twyman - @afapw  
   
   

 

Facebook

Abigail Twyman - https://facebook.com/cruising_with_babs  
   
   


Grant funding


- 2019 – 2022 VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, VA Merit Award Borges & Barnes (PIs)
Thriving in the Midst of Moral Pain: The Acceptability and Feasibility of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI) Among Warzone Veterans. Within this project Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury is being developed and its acceptability and feasibility in the VA system is being evaluated among warzone Veterans at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. 1I01RX002854-01A1
Role: Co-Principal Investigators: Lauren M. Borges, Ph.D. and Sean M. Barnes, Ph.D. 
Study Team : Co-Investigators: Jacob K. Farnsworth, Ph.D., Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D., Kent Drescher, Ph.D., Wyatt Evans, Ph.D., and Craig Rosen, Ph.D.; Consultants: Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., Joseph Currier, Ph.D., and Jason Nieuwsma, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $572,499 

 

Publications

- Borges, L. M. (2019). A Service Member’s experience of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI): “Learning to accept my pain and injury by reconnecting with my values and starting to live a meaningful life.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 13, 134-140. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2019.08.002

- Borges, L. M., Bahraini, N. H., Holliman, B. D., Gissen, M. R., Lawson, W. C., & Barnes, S. M. (2019). Veterans’ perspectives on discussing moral injury in the context of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD and other VA treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi:10.1002/jclp.22887


- Borges, L. M., Nazem, S., Matarazzo, B., Barnes, S. M. & Wortzel, H. (2019) Therapeutic Risk Management: Chain Analysis of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 25(1), 46-53. doi:10.1097/PRA.0000000000000358


- Currier, J. M, McDermott, R. C., Farnsworth, J. K., & Borges, L. M. (2019). Temporal associations between moral injury and PTSD symptom clusters in military veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(3), 382-392. doi:10.1002/jts.22367

 

Books by WIACBS

- Dr. Janina L. Scarlet has a book coming out March 1, 2020 titled Dark Agents, Book One: Violet and the Trial of Trama, which is a graphic novel for teens and young adults. She also has a book coming on March 5, 2020 titled Super-Women: Super hero Therapy for Women Battling Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. Her previously written books include Superhero Therapy: A Hero's Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Therapy Quest: An Interactive Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

- Dr. Jill Stoddard published a new book in January 2020 titled Be Mighty: A Women's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance

- Dr. Robyn Walser published a book in October 2019 titled The Heart of ACT: Developoing a Flexible, Process-Based, and Client- Centered Practice Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

- Dr Jenna LeJeune published a book in December 2019 titled Values In Therapy: A clinician's Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and LIve a More Meaningful Life.

- Dr. Carissa Gustafson published a book in January 2020 titled Reclaim Your LIfe: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 7 Weeks.

- Dr Giulia Suro published a book in October 2019 titled Learning to Thrive: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook

- Dr Laura Silberstein-Tirch published a book in June 2019 titled How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion: Effective Strategies to Increase Self-Love and Acceptance

Articles / Blog Posts by WIACBS

Jill Stoddard on Scary Mommy: https://www.scarymommy.com/brother-pedophile-oblivious-trust/

Jill Stoddard's column on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/be-mighty

Podcasts 

- Psychologists Off The Clock - a podcast about the science and practice of living well. This podcast has four psychologist who love to chat about the best ideas from psychology. They are Debbie Sorensen, Ph.D., Diana Hill, Ph.D., Yal Schonbrun, Ph.D., Jill Stoddard, Ph.D. You can find them on the web at https://www.offtheclockpsych.com/ or on Apply Podcasts, Sticher, Spotify, Tunin, iHeartRadio, Deezer, and Google Podcasts.

- Huggins, J. (Producer), Barnes, S. M. (Host), & Borges, L.M. (Guest). (2019 Aug 13). Chain Analysis for Therapeutic Risk Management of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior. Rocky Mountain MIRECC Short Takes on Suicide Prevention [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/education/media/podcasts/8_13_2019.asp

- Jill Stoddard was a guest on Katlin Harkess podcast Wisdom for Wellbeing: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/moving-through-anxiety-to-the-mighty-me-you-want-to-be/id1493284810?i=1000463161565

- Jill Stoddard was a guess on Leann Harris's podcast Shelf Aware Books: https://www.shelf-aware.com/episode/be-mighty-by-dr-jill-stoddard-interview/

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Give to Women in ACBS SIG via Paypal

Give to Women in ACBS SIG via Paypal

Donate Here

Your donations are not tax deductible according to U.S. tax law.

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SIG Member Experience, Expertise and Availability to Support

SIG Member Experience, Expertise and Availability to Support

Want to learn more about the members of the Women's SIG?  Need support?  Want to let us know about your areas of expertise, your areas of development, you ability to offer support to other members?   We have a growing database expressly for these purposes.  Feel free to follow a link below to familiarize yourself with the community.  Please feel equally free to add yourself to the data base.  



Two options:

1. If you'd like to have a look at the database, follow this link:     https://1drv.ms/x/s!AgUt68QYvQ7IixCfIupI_AmkZPgO
2. If you'd like to add yourself to our database, follow this link:   https://1drv.ms/x/s!AgUt68QYvQ7IixCfJwXIgeT2YxRy

Stronger together,

The Women's SIG Board

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WOMEN’S SIG MONTHLY SERIES: Connecting and supporting women in the ACBS community

WOMEN’S SIG MONTHLY SERIES: Connecting and supporting women in the ACBS community

The Women's ACBS SIG is hosting a monthly webinar/workshop series for the year. This is to connect and support women, as well as create open spaces to share our voices.

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Women's SIG-sponsored webinar "The Client's Journey: Understanding Women's Experiences with Trauma" (5/9/2021 live presentation) - link to recording

Women's SIG-sponsored webinar "The Client's Journey: Understanding Women's Experiences with Trauma" (5/9/2021 live presentation) - link to recording

Please find below a link to a recording of the 5/9/2021 ACBS Women's SIG-sponsored webinar: "The Client’s Journey: Understanding Women’s Experiences with Trauma." If you were not able to attend this helpful workshop, I hope you will check out the recording!
Thanks to the presenters: Katelyn Kendrick, Dawn Johnson, Lisa Thoman, Sari Harenwall, Mary Hill, Robyn Walser, and Janina Scarlet.

Meeting Recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/uoi7imoZhBrjunYP6Xhp_yonr3Qu4H-I_t9GqiXYoeMna-AFa2GArkfRLDFxIc5x.DmLB6hl2UxnIeyba

Access Passcode: *M?Aw1Mb    

For ACBS members, you will find the recording on the ACBS website here.

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