General Blog Items

Supervising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Using the ACT Core Competency Form

A few years ago a group of ACT trainers got together and used to consensus process to create a set of ACT core competencies. My coauthors and I recently revised these competencies in our book Learning ACT. Over the last couple years, I have found myself using the ACT Core Competency Rating Form at an increasing rate in helping people learn ACT and I thought I’d share some of my experiences with other ACT supervisors.  Most of my experience is based on my work in advanced consultation for people who are already licensed, but I do engage in […]

If you’re new to RSS and blogs, read this!

Here’s a really friendly video tutorial on how to use RSS and blogs to streamline your use of the internet. I use an RSS reader every day. I use Google Reader , but there are many others that also work well. The video will show you the benefits of RSS readers. I find it really helpful in my work and a way to keep up to date on news and new information in psychology. Once you have a RSS reader, you can subscribe to this website to get all the updates in one place.

Keep on surfing!

Video on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training

Renouncing the Electronic Grid

Robert Michael Pyle has published an interesting essay in Orion Magazine on how electronic immersion in blogs, email, Blackberry’s, TV, etc. can pull us out of the moment and out of contact with people and nature.  It’s a beautiful and inspiring piece.

I feel a bit hypocritical linking to this piece, being the writer of a blog myself, but it does reflect a lot of my feelings. As someone who has been without a TV for four years, I understand the beginning of the essay intimately! I notice that I’ve lost touch with some of the popular culture, a strange […]

Interesting Defusion Exercise: “Echo Talk”

Now you can comment on posts at Learning ACT Blog

I just added a comments function so that now you can add your own thoughts about the things that are posted on Learning ACT Blog. I hope you do. Let’s start a conversation!

Video on how to use Blogs and RSS for professionals

Howard Rheingold, a veteran critic and writer about the social  implications of modern media such as blogging and myspace, has created a nice video which shows how he used blogs and RSS in his everyday working life .

I have found blogs to be useful in my role as a psychologist who is busy and doesn’t have all the time I’d like to stay abreast of developments in various areas of psychology plus outside interests. The great thing about blogs is that all you need to do is find someone who is interested in the area you are interested […]

Oprah’s magazine on ACT

There’s a writer named Marth Beck who has written several articles on ACT that are quite clear, personal, and accessible. They would be good handouts to give to clients. If you search on Oprah.com , you can find several articles on ACT. Here’s one of them and an excerpt below:

MARTHA BECK’S GUIDE TO AVOIDING AVOIDANCE
The Consequences of Willingness

What happens when we’re willing to feel bad is that, sure enough, we often feel bad—but without the stress of futile avoidance. Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests, and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes parts of us away […]

ACT Observer exercise audio

Randy Burgess has posted an audio recording of the ACT observer exercise on his blog. It is available for anyone to download. I haven’t listened to the whole thing, but the audio quality is quite good and so would likely be useful for many people. Thanks, Randy.

News Video of an ACT client in treatment for hoarding

Here’s a cool video on a client being treated for compulsive hoarding using ACT . The therapist in the video is D.J. Moran, a well-known ACT therapist and author of this book. There hasn’t been a lot of press for ACT yet, so this is neat. The client does say something that she clearly learned in ACT in the video.

It’s great to have depictions of people in treatment that are hopeful and compassionate. Thanks to Fox News Chicago for airing this story.

(tip to DJ)