USA - Delaware Valley - Affiliate of ACBS

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Contacts:  John Armando, LCSW and Andrew D'Amico, PhD

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

We currently have 275 members of the Delaware Valley ACT Learners  to help us spread the word about our activities.  Join at:

A few of us at the ACBS World Conference in Minneapolis 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 


Upcoming Workshops, presentations, conferences:

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  • 3-hour workshop with Frank Masterpasqua, PhD (March 3, 2019, 10am-1pm): Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Register for this event on Eventbrite:

  • Location: University Center, Webb Room, Widener University, Chester, PA

  • Dr. Masterpasqua is a professor at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, where he co-directs the concentration in CBT-ACT. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He teaches graduate courses in mindfulness-based practice and acceptance and commitment therapy, uses these approaches in his own practice (both personal and professional), and supervises graduate students in ACT. A recent article: “Mindfulness, mentalizing, humanism: A transtheoretical convergence” is currently in press for The Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.


  • Full Day ACT workshop with Lisa Coyne, PhD (April 28, 2019, 9am-4:30pm) . Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Learning to Thrive

  • Registration coming soon!

  • Dr. Coyne is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA), and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation. She is also a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents, and is a co-author of the book The Joy of Parenting: New Harbinger Press. Her new books, The ACT Guide to Teen Anxiety and OCD, Guilford Press, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Parents, Elsevier, and Stuff that’s Loud: Unspiralling from OCD, New Harbinger & Little Brown, are expected in 2020.


Past workshops and events:

Getting to the Heart of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Experiential (Re)Introduction

Mathhew Boone, LCSW

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

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

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

John Armando

Midsummer Mindfulness Exercise workshop (July 19, 2015)

Andy D'Amico and Dina Harth

Free Webinar Introduction to ACT (April 6, 2015)

DJ Moran

Demystifying ACT: Practical Applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (June 3, 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, Steven Bisgaier, Frank Masterpasqua, Alisa Kamis-Brinda, Yaacov Kravitz, Cathryn Campbell, Dina Harth, Rachel Steen

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