Online - ACT Peer Supervision Group - Affiliate of ACBS

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Free Online Peer Supervision

Support and Grow Together!

Welcome to the Online Peer Supervision Affiliate Page

Are you interested in connecting with other ACBS members online to learn together how to be more skilled with using ACT? Then Register for Drop-In Meeting Here or contact us by email: actpeersupervision@gmail.com

 

What is Peer Supervision?

The ACT Peer Consultation Network is a global forum that aims to provide learning between colleagues on the experiential practice of ACT, in a supported and safe group environment. The groups meet every two weeks. Once you’ve registered you can ‘drop-in’ to any of the groups without having to pre-book. The groups are hosted and facilitated by Peer Facilitators via the video conferencing service, Zoom. The Peer Facilitators are volunteers committed to providing a forum for collaborative learning and expanding our skills as ACT therapists. Anyone who participates can become a facilitator in due course, if they are interested.

These meetings are free to all ACBS members. They provide an opportunity to meet other ACT practitioners from around the world to share our knowledge and our challenges to practicing within the ACT model.

 

When is it on?
Peer-Consultation Groups meet twice a month on Fridays at 10:30am UTC and 2pm UTC. You can use this link to convert Universal time to your local time time and date converter.

Once you have registered, you will also receive a welcome email and every two weeks a reminder that will alert you to the next group.
 

 

Why is Peer Supervision useful?

There are a number of reasons:
1. Opportunity to learn from ACT practitioners from around the world.
ACT is a relatively new, so it can feel isolating using this approach without the support of colleagues nearby to discuss cases and check out your therapeutic decisions. There are growing numbers of ACT practitioners around the world. This ACT peer consultation group allows us to pool this community, so that we can learn from one another. Thus creating a community network of people collaboratively learning, supporting and sharing knowledge.
2. Low cost (it's FREE!)
The peer consultation groups are free for ACBS members. Attending ACT workshops are extremely useful, especially early on when we’re learning the model and meeting other people who use it with similar clients. Regular consultation and skills practice is essential for continued professional development, but the financial cost of weekly or fortnightly consultation can be a real barrier to practitioner development. This is particularly true for those in private practice. These peer consultation groups provide a forum for practitioners, at all skill levels, to practice their knowledge and hone their ACT skills without the financial burden.
3. Transparent and shared roles
Finding an individual supervisor, who is able to adequately support your skills development and growth requires research, trial and error, and luck. Peer consultation allows people at all levels (from ACT trainers to people curious about how ACT works in practice) to meet, share experiences and practice their skills, in a safe environment. As peers everyone in the group (including the facilitators) take turns in the different learning roles: to give and receive feedback and grow professionally and personally.
4. Convenient
In our busy, and sometimes quickly changing, schedules it is not always possible to commit to several weeks at a time to attend a block of sessions. So we have a drop-in group held every two weeks. This ‘drop-in’ style group means that if you miss one group you can always join in the next one.
5. Friendly and supportive environment
Growing personally and professionally requires revealing the gaps in our knowledge or experience, which can feel difficult. The facilitators of the peer consultation groups are aware of this and work to create a welcoming and supportive environment that allows everyone to give and receive guidance and feedback in a positive and respectful way.
6. Unique ‘real-play’ experiential learning
Reading, hearing or watching someone doing ACT gives us some idea about this approach, but it is through the actual practice of using the different elements within the ACT Hexaflex that deeper understanding, learning and growth takes place. These groups provide an opportunity to learn through experiential practice. All of our facilitators are trained and aware of the goal to keep the meetings as “experiential” as possible and will help the group to stay on track.

These groups have been adapted from the Portland Model of peer consultation. This model sets out a number of roles that participants have an opportunity to practice. This allows everyone the chance to develop their own therapeutic style, while hearing other people’s perspectives and ways of working. This model is distinct from other types of consultation because it uses a ‘real-play’ approach. This allows for a therapeutic exchange between participants to work on experiences that occur in the present moment rather than with a memory or pretend scenario, as you would through ‘role-play’. This unique approach creates opportunities for participants to experience the different elements of the ACT Hexaflex.
 

 

What to Expect at a Drop-In Meeting

The meetings are hosted by Peer Facilitators. These are volunteers that have made a commitment to support participants and themselves to become more skilful ACT therapists.

Meetings are structured to help maintain the purpose and focus for the group. There are distinct roles for participants to help in the running of this peer group.
 

1) Brief Mindfulness exercise: Someone volunteers to guide the group in a 3-5min mindfulness exercise. This gives them the opportunity to practice running a brief mindfulness exercise. It also offers stillness and focus to participants to clarify what they would like to achieve from the meeting.

Feedback on this exercise can be requested from the group if they would like.

2) Time Keeper: Keeps an eye on the clock during tasks and moves the group between the different tasks: Mindfulness exercise, 1st Inter-vision (Real-Play), feedback, 2nd Inter-vision, feedback and closing the group.

3) The Skills Builder: someone who would like to practice specific or general ACT skills within the Real-play exercise.

4) The Presenter: someone to share a personal or professional issue that they would like to work on, with the Skills Builder using ‘real-play’ for 10-20 minutes.

5) Hexaflex Monitors: Other participants will mute their microphones, so that only the pair in ‘real-play’ can be heard. However, they will observe how the Skills Builder relates to the Presenter and how they move within the ACT Hexaflex. This allows them to provide supportive feedback to the Skills Builder.
 

The Inter-vision (Real-Play) exercise
The relationship between the Skills Builder and Presenter mirrors a supervisor-therapist or therapist-client pairing. At the end of the ‘real-play’ exercise the two participants report on how they experienced the exercise. Then other participants provide supportive feedback to the Skills Builder to help them progress as an ACT therapist.

The group ends with each participant sharing one word to describe their current emotional state (energised, gratitude etc.) or an intention they would like to work on.

Even though each group is unique this structure helps to guide the meetings. We find that this promotes learning and provides safety for participants to join in as and when they are willing.
 

 

Group requirements

  • As a courtesy to others and to minimise disruption during the meeting we ask participants to commit to the entire 90 minutes.of the meeting or attend for an alternative session.
  • Participants are asked to arrive 5minutes before the start time to log on. Access to the meeting will not be possible 5minutes after the start time.
  • Respect Confidentiality in the group.
  • During the group, participants may share personal information. We ask that you do not share information about other participants, but can of course speak freely about yourself.
     

 

If you’d like to join us so take these three simple steps and we’ll see you soon!

1) Register - This is a one-time registration allowing you to drop-in on days and times that work for you. Register by emailing us at: actpeersupervision@gmail.com
2) Check your time zone – The meeting spans over different global time zones. So you’ll have to check what time the meetings take place in your time zone. Please note that summer and wintertime changes vary from country to country. Please check when your time changes. This global time zone calculator may help time and date converter.
3) Download Zoom onto your computer. Zoom is the platform we use to connect. It is similar to Skype, but better for groups. You can find out about Zoom here. You will be given our Zoom Room ID's once your register. The early and late groups both have there unique Zoom ID's which you use each week to join the meeting.

Current Peer Facilitators:

Cindy Winski
Zachary Isoma
Em Perera
Ana Goutenburg
Roni Leiberman
Dustin Marsh
 

Contact us by email: actpeersupervision@gmail.com

 

(This webpage was updated on August 13, 2019)