1. act sTUDY-pRACTICE gROUP:

 

The NYC-ACBS ACT Study-Practice Group

An open ongoing study-practice group that meets about every other month.  

 

            The open ACT Study-Practice Group focuses on developing ACT skills and theory through the discussion of cases.  Participants are invited to bring in and discuss challenging or difficult cases that they are currently working with or have worked with.  The facilitator, Dr. Mike Femenella, helps demonstrate how to identify ACT processes and apply ACT interventions through an interactive format.  This is an opportunity to see ACT applied to a variety of client problems and is aimed to promote a practical and applied understanding of ACT theory.  Practice groups may involve discussion, role-plays, experiential exercises, or theoretical discussions based upon the type of client presented and participant needs.

We cannot stress enough that there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY to attend any of these groups!  We understand that you have busy lives. So, monthly announcements will be posted to allow you to attend groups when you are able to do so.  We 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.

The NYC-ACBS Study-Practice Group values a safe and supportive collegial environment where individuals will be encouraged, though not required, to take risks, ask questions, try new perspectives, and challenge their comfort zone.  Therefore, we are extending an open invitation to interested individuals who are willing to learn, grow, and be part of a growing local community.

WHAT: The NYC-ACBS Study-Practice Group serves as a place where individuals of all levels of experience and backgrounds can alternately learn and practice Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Relational Frame Theory (RFT). It is open to anyone interested in learning more about CBS.

WHEN: It generally meets every other month on the Third Wednesday or Thursday of the month, from 7:00-9:00 PM.  For more information on the next study group, please email nycacbs@gmail.com.

WHERE: The Village Community School272-278 West 10th Street, NYC

WHO: Experienced CBS facilitators from within and without our NYC-ACBS community host study groups, providing the opportunity to experience ACT from a variety of perspectives.

Dr. Mike Femenella is our ongoing host and alternating monthly facilitator to the group.  He will often be facilitating the case conference meeting. 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 VA and has trained and supervised numerous clinicians, including watching over hundreds of hours of audiotaped sessions, rating for them for adherence, and providing supportive feedback.

COST*:

  • $20 non ACBS members
  • $15 ACBS members
  • $10 for any & all students

*This contribution will not only go towards the rental of our meeting space, but also help to develop the local CBS community by providing our Chapter with more resources to sponsor events, trainings, and social activities in the future.

RSVP: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to our membership chair, Brian Pilecki, at pilecki@gmail.com. Although you are not required to RSVP in order to attend, your notification will aid us in preparing for your arrival. You can also feel free to contact Brian with any questions about the group.

ONLINE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS AND PARTICIPATION:  The sharing of readings and other materials may take place before or after certain meetings, check our NYC-ACBS dropbox link.  In addition, questions may be posted for discussion on this websites discussion blog before or after certain meetings.  These activities will occur on our listserv which is available to ACBS-NYC members. 

2.  THREE NYC-ACBS VIRTUAL HOMES:

  • NYC-ACBS Facebook Group:  The virtual networking and social media site for our Greater NYC CBS community.  
  • NYC-ACBS Google Group:  One of our two networking groups for starting your own topic threads for our greater metro CBS community.  
  • NYC-ACBS Yahoo Group:  One of our two networking groups for starting your own topic threads for our greater metro CBS community.  Eventually either the yahoo group or the google group will become primary, the other deleted. 

3. PEER-TO-PEER SUPERVISION GROUPS:

NYC has at least two running supervision groups running and  intermittently taking new members.  They usually require a willingness to commit to attending monthly meetings for at least a period of several months to one year.  These groups are primarily focused on peer case presentation and ACT case conceptualizations.  They sometimes assign books and/or chapters for dicussion.  Other activites may include role-playing, ACT experientials, and rehearsing specific ACT interventions.  They are usually hosted by at least one ACT experienced professional.

        1. ACT-NYCE (ACT in NYC Environs):

        Meets monthly, second Wednesday of the month, from 8:15 - 10:15, meetings are held at The New School 80 5th Ave, corner of 14th st., 6th floor Psychology Dept.  Runs in one year committed cycles, closed except when a member terminates their commitment or misses three  meetings). For structure, we use the Portland peer consultation model (Thompson et, al., 2015 click here for hyper link to article).  Interested parties should contact, the coordinator & facilitator, Jonathan Kaplan, PhD, at kaplan@sohocbt.com.

        2. Union Square ACT Study Group: 

        Meets monthly, at 41 Union Square West, Suite 736, facilitated by Rob Handleman, PsyD.  Open to new members.  Contact Rob Handelman, PsyD. drrobh@hotmail.com

If you know of another NYC or local ACT peer-to-peer supervison group that you would like listed, please inform us and we will consider posting here.

4. AFFILIATES:    Metro Area Regional NYC-ACBS Affiliates:

Connecticut:  

If you are an ACBS member living or working in Connecticut, you may also wish to join the ACT-CT Yahoo Group (an email listserv). For questions about the group, or to request to be added, please send an email to actct-owner@yahoogroups.com with your name, preferred email address, and organizational affiliation.

New Jersey:  North Jersey Central Affiliate

If you are an ACBS member living or working in NJ and are looking for local ACBS community consider joining, "The North Central Affiliate of ACBS".  For questions about the group or to request to be added, please send an email to drrobh@hotmail.com with your name, preferred email address, and organizational affiliation.

Buffalo, NY

If you are an ACBS member living or working in Buffalo and are looking for local ACBS community consider joining, "The Buffalo Affiliate of ACBS".  For more information, please go to: https://contextualscience.org/usa_buffalo_ny_affiliate_of_acbs

 

Long Island: ACBS Affiliate  (currently forming)

If you are an ACBS member living or working in Long Island, or Queens and are looking for local ACBS community, consider joining, the LI-ACBS affiliate.  For questions about the group or to request to be added, please send an email to sisticbt@optonline.netwith your name, preferred email address, and organizational affiliation.

 

5.  Materials & Links

The Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science: Check out the official ACBS journal and consider submitting for publication.  

ACT In Context Podcast: A great source for beginners looking to learn about ACT concepts. 

IRAP and RFT: Get caught up to speed on the latest Implicit Relational Procedure and Relation Frame Theory Research.