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USA - Delaware Valley - Affiliate of ACBS

Contacts:  Steve Bisgaier, Psy.D. and John Armando, LCSW

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Click here to join the Delaware Valley Affiliate!

Please join our PA chapter affiliate by going to our page where we make anouncements about meetings, trainings, presentations, etc.:  

We currently have over 400 members of the Delaware Valley ACT Learners to help us spread the word about our activities.  Join at:

Back in 2014, at the ACBS World Conference in Minneapolis, a few of us spent time together discussing our interests in some of the following and decided to create an affiliate as a vehicle to our committed action:

1) Building a local community of ACBS members.  We define local as within (or to be inclusive, near) the Delaware Valley.  Generally we think of this as South Eastern PA (Philly area), South Jersey, and Northern Delaware.  There are no real boundaries though.  The affiliate is more a state of mind then a place.  The place is just where we imagine the activities happening.

2) Increasing opportunities for ACT, RFT, FAP, CFT, etc. training.  We have a number of well qualified trainers in our area, and we are also very interested in attracting some internationally recognized trainers to present full day or perhaps two day trainings.  

3) We have piloted a Portland Model Peer Consultation Group that has been meeting since September 2018.

4) Developing opportunties for expanded referrals for ACT (ACBS) clinicians and agencies.

5) Strong partnership with the Pennsylvania ACBS Chapter 


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Past workshops and events:

Using ACT and Affective Science to Address Shame and Self-Criticism (May 20, 2022)

Introduction to ACT (November 8, 2021)

Life After Trauma: Using ACT to Revitalize Interrupted Lives (May 22, 2021)
Robyn Walser

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (November 15, 2020)
Kate Deatrich and Rachel Steen

Making a Meaningful Difference in the Room: Using Clinical Behavior Analysis to Enhance Experiential Training of Psychological Flexibility (May 21, 2020)
Emily K. Sandoz

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (March 1, 2020)
Steve Bisgaier, Kate Deatrich, and Rachel Steen

ACT Video Training and Use of ACT Fidelity Measure (November 10, 2019)
Frank Masterpasqua

Treating OCD from an ACT/RFT Perspective (July 14, 2019)
Andy D'Amico

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Learning to Thrive (April 28, 2019) 
Lisa Coyne

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (March 3, 2019)
Frank Masterpasqua

Video Training and Using RFT to Motivate Clients (July 15, 2019)
Andy D'Amico and Frank Masterpasqua

Getting to the Heart of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Experiential (Re)Introduction (May 19, 2018)
Matthew Boone

Diagnostic and Treatment Implications in Lyme Disease & Chronic Illness: Utilizing an ACT Approach (March 10, 2018)
Joesph Trunzo

ACT: Introduction, Demonstration, Discussion (October 8, 2017)
Frank Masterpasqua

Relational Frame Theory: An Introduction and Role-Play (August 27, 2017)
Andrew J. D’Amico

ACT for Perfectionism (August 27, 2017)
Steven Bisgaier

An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for ACT & CBT Practitioners (May 21, 2017)
Dennis Tirch

Practicing ACT and Bringing ACT into Practice (October 16, 2016)
John Armando

Using Relational Frame Theory to Activate ACT (July 31, 2016)
Andy D'Amico and Dina Harth

Integrating Mindfulness Acceptance Based Therapies (May 22, 2016)
James Herbert and Frank Masterpasqua

Midsummer Mindfulness Exercise workshop (July 19, 2015)
Andy D'Amico and Dina Harth

Demystifying ACT: Practical Applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (June 3, 2015)
Daniel Joseph Moran

Free Webinar Introduction to ACT (April 6, 2015)
Daniel Joseph Moran

Experiential Mindfulness and ACT workshop (February 22, 2015)
Yaacov Kravitz and Andrew J. D'Amico

ACT in Communities: Utilizing Prosocial Principles (November 23, 2014)
Steve Hayes

Thank you so much everyone!

Steering Committee:

John Armando, Andy D'Amico, Steve Bisgaier, Frank Masterpasqua, Alisa Kamis-Brinda, Yaacov Kravitz, Dina Harth, Rachel Steen, Lauren Johnson, Kate Deatrich, Joanna Chen, Erin Wolff


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