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Deadline for poster submissions: April 1, 2010
Deadline for workshops, symposia, papers, panels, etc. was Sunday, February 7, 2010.

I am happy to announce that the ACBS Annual World Conference VIII will be in Reno, Nevada, USA, from June 21-24.

Pre-conference 2-day workshops will be held on June 19 & 20. The conference will take place at the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Bus service for all participants will be included in the registration cost between the conference hotel and the campus.

The structure of the program will be similar to previously successful ACBS World Conferences, and will be both ACT and RFT focused. We are hoping to reach out broadly at this conference and bring in people from outside ACT/RFT who can bring something new to the conference and broaden the attendance to include more new attendees. We want to give research and RFT a prominent place and we are looking for innovations and new clinical, as well as non-clinical, applications.

We will host a meet & greet evening event on June 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel for those attending the World Conference. On June 21, after the first day of the conference, we will have a poster session/ barbecue which is intended to showcase clinical and experimental research in RFT and ACT—a great way to see what is happening around the world. Wednesday, June 23, we’ll have our famous 'Follies' night, with funny songs, skits, etc.

At this time, we would like to put out a call for submissions to the ACBS World Conference VIII. We want to open the call broadly and encourage proposals for short workshops (3 hrs. or less), panel discussions, research symposia, research papers (looking for a symposium), consultation sessions, or other types of sessions you think would be an asset to this year’s program. Feel free to contact me ( to propose sessions you would like to see, along with those you would like to conduct.

We are eager to hear your ideas and will continue to post information regarding the conference as planning moves along.

For further description of purpose, audience, and style of sessions please read below.

On behalf of the program committee,

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.
ACBS Conference Program Chair

The primary purpose of the conference is to advance contextual behavioral science through sharing knowledge, scientific work, ideas, and skills. All over the world people are producing an exciting array of work, varying from fundamental research on basic processes, to clinical and nonclinical application of ACT, RFT, and related scientific approaches. We want the conference to be a place where all of these folks can meet and exchange the richness of their scientific and applied work.

A second purpose is to increase the skill of attendees in implementing ACT. This will be accomplished through a combination of targeted workshops, symposia, poster session, video demonstrations, live demonstrations, role playing, clinically focused case discussions, and experiential work.

A final purpose of the World Conference is to help interested attendees better understand RFT, its significance in understanding human suffering and how RFT principles can be translated into clinical practice, and to help attendees learn and develop methods and strategies for conducting ACT process and outcome studies in applied and academic settings. This will be accomplished through “user friendly” workshops and small group discussions.

The target audience for this conference is any practitioner, researcher, or student interested in learning more about the clinical and non-clinical application of ACT/RFT or related clinical approaches or in contributing to contextual behavioral science.

We want the conference to be very interactive, with participants getting chances to increase their knowledge, enhance their understanding and develop skills, with lots of time for questions, presentations on different levels, chances to do role plays, watch videos, get feedback on difficult clients, and watch tapes of clinical work they have brought with them.

There will also be scientific symposia presented by researchers, with one entire track devoted to RFT research and applications for those with varying levels of familiarity.