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 over 285 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 


Upcoming Workshops, presentations, conferences:

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

  • THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. Register for this event on Eventbrite:

  • Location: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

  • 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:

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)

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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