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

If you are interested in connecting with other ACBS members online to learn with and from each other, you have come to the right place!

Dates and Times of Upcoming Meetings:

24th March 2017 - Early meeting: 6:30am EST/ 11:30am GMT. Late meeting: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

07th April 2017 - Early meeting: 6:30am EST/ 11:30am GMT. Late meeting: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

21st Apri 2017 - Early meeting: 6:30am EST/ 11:30am GMT. Late meeting: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

5th May 2017 - Early meeting: 6:30am EST/ 11:30am GMT. Late meeting: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

19th May 2017 - Early meeting: 6:30am EST/ 11:30am GMT. Late meeting: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

 

TBC - September 2017

TBC - October 2017

TBC - November 2017

TBC - December 2017

 

Register For Drop-In Meetings Here

Register Your Interest In the 6 Week Closed Group Here (link)

Contact us by email: actpeersupervision@gmail.com

 

What is Peer Supervision?

The ACT Peer Supervision Network is a global forum that aims to provide supervision between colleagues on the experiential practice of ACT in a supported and safe group environment. The groups meet every two weeks and they are hosted and facilitated by Peer Facilitators via the video conference service, Zoom. The Peer Facilitators are ACBS member volunteers who are committed to providing a forum for a collaborative approach to learning and expanding our skills as ACT therapists.

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 struggles in practicing within the ACT model.

 

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 approach, 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 however, people practicing ACT in different parts of the world. This ACT peer supervision 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 supervision groups are free for ACBS members. Attending ACT workshops are extremely useful, especially early on to learn about the model and meeting other people who use it with similar clients to you. Regular supervision and skills practice is essential for continued professional development, but the financial cost of weekly and fortnightly supervision, can be a real barrier to practitioner development. This is particularly true for those in private practice.
These peer supervision 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 supervision allows people at all levels (from ACT trainers to people curious about how ACT works in practice) to meet and share their experiences and participate in safety in order to grow personally and professionally. As peers everyone in the group (including facilitators) take turns in the different learning roles: to give and receive feedback and grow.

4. Convenient
We offer two different supervision formats to cater for the different learning needs and availability of members. 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. On the other hand meeting with the same people each week might allow for a more predictable environment in which to learn. 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. Secondly, our closed group peer supervision meetings offer participants a way to work for several consecutive weeks with the same participants. We have the closed group running for 6 weeks and a new group forms once every 2 to 3 months. Please watch out for the next available closed group, if this is your preference.

5. Friendly and supportive envioronment
Growing personally and professionally requires revealing to others our gaps in knowledge or experience, which can feel difficult. The facilitators of the peer supervision 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 that is not readily available through books and workshops. 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.
Within the Portland Model of peer supervision there are a number of roles that participants have an opportunity to practice and develop their own therapeutic style, while hearing other people’s perspectives and ways of working. This model is distinct from other types of supervision that encourage experiential learning through ‘role-play’, in which a participant will ‘perform’ a typical therapy interaction between client and therapist. Instead ‘real-play’ allows for a therapeutic exchange that work on the experiences that occur in the present moment rather than with a memory or pretend scenario. 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 an adaptation of the Portland Model of Peer Supervision, which has been tailored for an online setting, and to include a drop-in format. One main difference you will notice between our meetings and the Portland Model is that the meetings are hosted and facilitated by Peer Facilitators. Peer Facilitators are volunteers that have made a commitment to support participants to support each other and themselves (see more about this role below).

The drop-in groups meet every two weeks, on the dates provided above. There are two time options, and possibly more in future, which members can register to participate in.
Group Format

We aim to create a radically experiential and supportive learning environment for all participants. Meetings are structured into four main parts to help maintain the purpose and focus for the group to learn ACT. The main outline is:

1) Mindful Connection exercise* – The facilitators ask for a volunteer to lead a brief mindfulness exercise, which would include some or all of the Hexaflex* processes.

2) Fish Bowl Real Play*– This is the main part of the meeting where at least one, and often two, real plays will be facilitated. Volunteers for this exercise look for support around personal or professional challenges. They share their experience with the person wanting to practice their skills (‘Skills Builder’). The Skills Builder is supported in their role by another group member (Assistant Skills Builder); whom they can consult with should they get stuck. Other participants take on the role of observing the interaction from an ACT perspective.

3) Feedback - At the end of the ‘real play’ session facilitators ask the two participants in turn how they experienced the session. Other peers are subsequently asked how they experienced it and provide ‘supportive feedback’: 1. Provide personal appreciation (what you admired) 2. Emotional reaction to what they heard. 3. Questions/comments on the direction the ‘therapist’ took within the ACT hexaflex model. 

4) Ending: The meeting closes with each member sharing one word to describe their experience of the meeting and/or committed action to practice before the next meeting?

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.

 

Pre-meeting guidance and actions:

1) Registration
This is a one-time registration allowing you to drop-in on days and times that work for you. Register here.

2) Check your time zone
As the meeting times are in different time zones, we ask that you check what time the meetings take place in your time zone. Please note that the dates for summer and wintertime changes vary from country to country. Please check when your time changes. This global time zone calculator may help (link).

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.

4) Commit to the entire 90 minutes or join us at another time.
As a courtesy to others and to minimise disruption during the meeting we ask members to commit to the entire 90 mins. of the meeting or attend at an alternative time. Members are asked to arrive 5mins before the start time to log on. Additionally, access to the meeting will be locked 5mins after the start time.

5) Respect Confidentiality in the group.
During the group, participants may share information in order to grow. We ask that you do not share information about other participants, but can of course speak freely about yourself.

 

Current Peer Facilitators & Affiliate Committee Members:

Chris McConnell

Valerie Kiel

Cindy Winsky

Dustin D. Marsh

Em Perera

Zachary Isoma

Barbara KossaKowska

 

 

Register For Drop-In Meetings Here

Register Your Interest In the 6 Week Closed Group Here (link)

Contact us by email: actpeersupervision@gmail.com