Encouraged by Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Segal, Williams, and Teasdale (2002) combined MBSR with cognitive therapy, creating a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program for the prevention of relapse in previously depressed people who were not currently in a depressive episode when they entered the program. MBCT consists of 8 weekly group sessions that, like MBSR, teach body-scan and formal meditation to participants who are required to complete daily homework assignments between sessions. Initial studies have suggested that MBCT helps prevent future episodes of depression among people with three or more previous episodes of depression (Teasdale et al., 2000; Ma & Teasdale, 2004).
UPCOMING TRAINING EVENTS
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. and Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.
May 21, 2021 from 12-2pm
This workshop provides a chance to learn concrete methods for conceptualizing cases from the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Formulating a useful case conceptualization is a foundational clinical skill that is essential in delivering effective treatment, and one that can be often overlooked in the process of working with clients. Participants will learn several formats for doing formal case conceptualization outside of session as a means to further develop knowledge and skill with ACT theory, as well as to learn a means to enhance treatment planning. The importance of ongoing case conceptualization throughout a course of treatment will be emphasized, as well as common pitfalls in conceptualizing client problems. Participants will also have a chance to practice newly learned skills with a case in breakout groups. Read More.
Lunchtime Panel Discussion: Psilocybin Therapy and Mental Health Care in Oregon: What is Happening and Where do We Need to Go from Here?
Moderated by Brian Pilecki, Ph.D. with Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D, Kelly Sykes, Ph.D, Alan Davis, Ph.D, Aja Molinar, and Sam Chapman
May 28, 2021 from 12-1pm
Oregon Voters have recently approved a measure that will pave the way for the legal administration of psilocybin by state credentialed providers to begin in 2023. In this panel discussion, leading advocates, psychedelic therapy researchers, and psychedelic therapist training providers will elaborate on the implications during a moderated panel discussion and answer audience questions. Presenters will give an update on the status of the Oregon Psilocybin initiative, particularly as it relates to the training of facilitators, and will describe ways local therapists can get training in the practice of psilocybin-assisted therapy. Read More.
ACT Precision Training: In-Session Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Help You be Focused and Strategic in Your Interventions
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. and Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D
June 18, 2021 from 12-2pm
This workshop provides a chance to learn and practice in-session, in-the-moment case conceptualization of cases from the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This workshop focuses on helping you use ACT theory & in-session clinical markers to make more precise and strategic interventions. The main goal of this workshop is to help you become more adept at identifying in-session client behaviors that are indicators for particular ACT processes that are likely to be most relevant. The workshop uses a process we call ACT Circuit Training, which involves intensive analysis of a video of an ACT session and intentional practice in conceptualizing client behavior and generating possible ACT responses, followed by discussion and feedback. Read More.
Julianna Sapienza, Ph.D, LP
June 25, 2021 from 12-1:30pm
Cognitive restructuring is a concept that is useful for many patients, but many others really struggle with fighting or changing their negative thinking patterns. This 1.5 hour hands-on workshop is designed to introduce child and adolescent practitioners to defusion, an ACT concept that helps patients drop the struggle with their thoughts while also not buying into them. You will learn all about defusion, how to introduce the concept to child and teen clients, and how to use your creativity to make these skills effective for your clients. Read More.
ACT Agility Training: In-Session Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Increase Flexible Responding
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. and Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D
July 16, 2021 from 12-2pm
This workshop provides a chance to learn and practice in-session, in-the-moment case conceptualization of cases from the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This workshop is intended to help therapists be more flexible and nimble in their use of ACT processes, strengthening their ability to fluidly shift as needed between processes within sessions. Therapist learning ACT often develop tunnel vision, focusing too much on particular processes or responding rigidly when more flexibility is needed. Read More.
Second Friday of each month from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (PT)
TRIPS is an online seminar series that hosts speakers discussing science-informed presentations and discussions about psychedelics to educate healthcare professionals. This series was created to guide healthcare providers and students preparing to be professionals towards the most relevant, pragmatic, and essential information about psychedelic-assisted therapy, changing legal statuses, and harm reduction approaches in order to better serve clients and communities. This seminar series is a fundraiser for our clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that Portland Psychotherapy investigators are preparing for and starting in the Fall of 2021. All proceeds after presenter remuneration will go to fund this clinical trial. Read more.