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Getting Into The Heart of ACT



Mike Femenella, PhD

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Location: Albert Ellis Institute, 145 E 32nd Street, 9th Floor,
New York NY 10016
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Rates discounted for ACBS members

The Purpose of this workshop is to simplify Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and make it more user-friendly for both clinician and patient without losing its richness.  The six core ACT processes (acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, contact with the present moment, values, & committed action) will be conceptualized using everyday terms such as "love," "courage," and "hurt."  This workshop is designed to be useful for therapists and students who are new to the model, as well as experienced ACT therapists who want to broaden their therapeutic repertoire.  This full day of training will include didactic presentation and discussion, experiential exercises, clinical techniques, and time for questions and answers.

Registration and payment will be accepted through PayPal on the Home Page. Alternatively, you  may mail a check payable to: "NYC Association for Contextual Behavioral Science" to the following address:
32 Arbor Ridge Lane
South Setauket NY 11720
After you send payment (either method), 
please RSVP to and include your name and institution.  Your payment and registration will be verified by email and, by request, you will receive a receipt on the day of the event.


NYC-ACBS ACT Study-Practice Group

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 26. 2015

The Village Community School, 272-278 West 10th Street, NYC
COST: We will be collecting a fee of $20 for non ACBS members, $15 for ACBS members, and $10 for students. This contribution will not only go towards the rental of our meeting space, but also to help develop the local CBS community by providing our Chapter with more resources to sponsor events, trainings, and social activities in the future.

Launched by the Chapter in Spring, 2013, the ACT Study-Practice Group generally meets on the third Thursday of the month (exceptions to this schedule are posted in advance), and serves as a place where individuals of all levels of experience and backgrounds can alternately learn and practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Each group alternates between study groups with guest speakers focusing on particular topics and practice groups where ACT principles will be applied to real life cases.
We cannot stress enough that there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY to attend!  We hope to draw a very diverse group of participants, including students, ACT newbies, very experienced ACT practitioners, and professionals from other therapeutic orientations and disciplines within and outside of mental health.
Dr. Mike Femenella is our ongoing host and alternating monthly facilitator of the case conference practice groups. Mike is one of the earliest practitioners of ACT on the East Coast and has been committed to ACT as his exclusive treatment modality since 2001. He has received extensive training in ACT with Steve Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Robyn Walser, Kirk Strosahl, and other notable ACT trainers. He is an ACT consultant for the Veterans Administration, and has trained and supervised numerous clinicians, including listening to hundreds of hours of audiotaped sessions, rating them for adherence, and providing supportive feedback. 

Earlier Event: November 19
Later Event: February 26