Chapter SIG Activities & Events

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Chapters & SIGs have many possible activities available to them.

The most important thing about "activities" is to simply agree on a goal that is important to your members, form a plan, and execute it.

Start small and work your way up to larger goals....or not.  

Here are a few suggestions.  Also, there are several videos linked at the bottom of this page that you should check out!

  • Serve as a hub for information relevant to your interests. You can use your space on the ACBS website to store information as text, attachments, videos, and pictures.

  • Distribute a newsletter amongst your group (even if only on a semi-annual or annual basis).

  • Compile a directory of your group member’s information, and distribute it amongst your group.

  • Host social networking events -- such as an ACT film night or cocktail party.

  • Organize symposia or panel discussions; for the ACBS World Conference, or for regional ACBS conferences. World Conference submissions can be formally sponsored by SIGs or Chapters, which makes them more likely to be accepted, and this sponsorship is listed in the program.

  • Suggest possible invited speakers to the ACBS conference program chair or committee.

  • Create a recommended readings list with an annotated bibliography. Make recommendations of readings for different skill-levels – clients, general public, undergraduate, graduate, professional. Post them on the website or distribute them to members.

  • Cooperatively prepare a paper or text for publication.

  • Give recognition or an award to an individual, business, or organization who is advancing CBS in your area.

  • Start a weekly or monthly peer-supervision group for research and/or clinical topics.

  • Organize training events such as workshops and lectures. (video examples)

  • Outreach to local Universities and make your members available for ACT, RFT, CBS, lectures, workshops, etc.

  • Create a reading group, where you pick books or articles to read and discuss together.

  • Engage in legislative activism. Write letters to governmental representatives to inform them of your interests in relation to their activities.

  • Network leaders in fields related to your interests who are not ACBS members. 

  • Host a "Brown-bag lunch" meeting, with a guest speaker or guided discussion.

  • Apply to relevant oraganizations for CE status (the ability to grant CE credits to attenedees at your training events)

  • Apply to ACBS for co-sponsored CE psychologist credits for your training events

  • Raise funds at activities in your area for ACBS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or Developing Nations activities.

  • Sponsor a listserv.

  • Co-sponsor an activity already happening to spread the word about the chapter and support local CBS activities. (video example)

  • Plan a local CBS conference (multi-speaker, multiday, multi-event)

  • Video discussion of local conference planning