Welcome to Ontario ACBS, the official Ontario Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS),
Home to all those interested in the advancement of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)!
A Bit About ACT
Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ‘ACT’ (said as one word) is a newer form of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. There is a lot of research to suggest that ACT is helpful for a variety of things that we struggle with, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, as well as life transitions and feeling ‘lost.” In ACT, we don’t spend time trying to argue with, or dispute our thoughts, or get rid of, or change how we feel. This is the ‘acceptance’ part of ACT. We learn instead, to notice what is showing up inside, and approach it with curiosity and openness. The ‘commitment’ part of ACT refers to figuring out what matters to each of us, getting a sense of our values, and doing things aligned with our values regardless of what thoughts and feelings show up. This means that we can have thoughts like “I can’t do it,” and try anyway, taking the thoughts and feelings along for the ride. In essence, once we truly ‘accept’ our thoughts and feelings, stop trying to get rid of them, and make room for them, we are free to ‘commit’ to the things that matter to each of us. The focus of ACT is to build a life that is fulfilling and driven by values. The focus of ACT is not to get rid of feelings or control thoughts.
Our second newsletter is out! Click here to see it: OnACBS Newsletter, 2016
Ontario ACBS Annual General Meeting 2017
Based on membership feedback, OnACBS is pleased to present “ACT for Trauma” as part of our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
When: Sunday May 7th from 9:30AM -1:30PM
Where: The Mindfulness Clinic located at 700 Bay Street, Suite 2103
We will have volunteers waiting in the lobby to help attendees find their way up to the clinic.
The agenda for the AGM is below:
9:30-10AM: Coffee and refreshments will be served.
10:00-10:30AM: Announcing and congratulating the new Board Members and Update on OnACBS Business.
10:30AM-12:30PM: Ontario ACBS Presents “ACT for Trauma.” Mary Bell will speak about her work with Alison Benedict and Kenneth Fung in northern Ontario communities, followed by Dr. Wanda Smith, who will present on her clinical work using ACT to treat patients with trauma.
12:30-1:30PM: Lunch (provided) and a chance to see familiar faces and meet new people.
Click for info and registration!
ACT Therapist Peer Meetings
If you have experience to share or you would like to learn more about this, join us!
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