Happy New Year!

So here we are. Another “new year” and unless you are staying away from social media, blogs, TV news, and magazines, you have probably already received dozens of tips to “keep your resolutions for 2016”. I have found most of the tips I read so far quite clever, actually. (A cool alternative to new year’s resolutions are new year’s questions instead. For example, see this neat link from our colleague, Aisling Curtin). Here are some of my favorites:

Be realistic. If we set goals that are too high (e.g. run 10k a day; read a therapy manual a week; be compassionate and mindful all the time), we are almost sure to be quickly discouraged and to drop our good intentions before the end of January.  It’s better to start with small and concrete goals. We want the reward that comes with meeting our goals as soon as possible when we are trying to develop a new habit.

Talk about it with supportive people. Great idea. Making our commitments public (e.g. with close friends or family) can help us keep them in mind, and other people can remind us of our resolutions. They might even encourage us and praise us for meeting our goals.

Track your progress. This is another neat tip. To be able to tell if we are keeping our resolutions, we need to assess, some way or another, if we are actually doing what we said we would. And if this resolution involves some practice (e.g. learning a new therapy model; learning to speak French; dance flamenco; or to play the violin) then it is useful to notice the (big and small) steps toward progress. Not only do we get rewarded more often, but we can quickly get back on the right track if we started to drift away or if our strategy to keep it is not working.

There are many more tips out there, but I will stop here. Too many tips and we actually don't remember any of them! As you consider your professional development goals for 2016, we send you a warm invitation to join us for a new year of learning in a warm and supportive community! The camaraderie of working with others to develop new skills step-by-step definitely helps you stick with your commitment to improve your clinical work. We’ve organized the new Idea Rodeo too that can help you learn about new topics…Check out our 2016 training offerings below including the PracticeGround Community, a Relational Frame Theory (RFT) course, and On Demand/self-study courses.

PracticeGround Community

Early Bird Registration for the PracticeGround Community Closes February 1st (this saves you $75 off the annual membership fee!).  Get all the Details and Register here!

For 2016, Kelly Koerner, PhD and Matthieu Villatte, PhD will create learning opportunities that build core competencies common across multiple evidence-based approaches, and will co-host the Idea Rodeo (see below).

The group will run from March 2016 through February 2017 and you'll have the opportunity to:

Join live online meetings or view recorded talks by guest speakers to learn evidence-based practice concepts and strategies.

Build Core Competencies. Learn and strengthen therapy strategies and protocols relevant across client problems with bite-sized mini-lessons and suggestions for deliberate practice.  You decide whether to skim or study in-depth, choosing only what you need. This year's menu includes:

  • March-April: Behavioral Activation, Validation, and Measurement Based Care
  • May-June: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide, Measurement Based Care
  • July: Evidence-Based Clinical Supervision, including a breakout for DBT supervisors
  • August-September: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Bipolar Disorder
  • October-November: Cognitive Processing Therapy and formal and informal exposure procedures
  • December-February: Mindfulness-based and Compassion Focused Interventions

Take Part in the Idea Rodeo. Matthieu Villatte and Kelly Koerner will curate and organize interviews, presentations and the most interesting content we can find to take on a test ride. We'll invite great speakers and study together in book/journal clubs. On tap for 2016: the science and clinical application of Porges' polyvagal theory; brain science and borderline personality disorder; how to help clients in abusive relationships; clinical implications of research on emotion and emotion regulation; uncommon views on common processes; how to understand EMDR's "resourcing" strategies; is there a role for neuroscience in psychotherapy?; the example of coherence therapy and more!

Discuss Ideas and Get Feedback on Your Cases from Colleagues Worldwide. For many of our users, the community is what keeps people coming back. Members have a safe place to share their reflections on successes and stuck points with their clients.  They are also able to ask questions about the new content and get feedback on ways to implement the strategies with particular clients.

Get all the Details and Register here!

Relational Frame Theory (RFT) Course

This 6-month course (March to August) is designed to turn you into an RFT expert! Step by step, you will learn the basic principles of this theory and how to use them in psychological interventions. The course will be facilitated by Matthieu Villatte, PhD, clinical trainer and author of "Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention" and of a number of articles and chapters on RFT for clinical practice.

The group will use a variety of materials such as videos, podcasts, Powerpoint presentations, articles and chapters, live talks, and listserv discussions. Each week, you will receive a training post with optional homework assignments to help you progress at your own pace.

Get all the Details and Register here!

On Demand Courses

On Demand courses are designed for individuals who want to access learning when and where it is convenient for them. You watch or listen to course lectures, access PDF slides and handouts, and then complete an evaluation form and brief test afterwards anytime within your 90-day access window. Pass the exam and you can instantly print your CE credit certificate (or take the test again if needed).

Through an exciting partnership with ABCT, we are now able to offer their monthly webinars as On Demand courses as well.

Check out the first 8 now available including talks from Steven Hayes, 

Check out our full library including talks from Kelly Koerner, Matthieu Villatte, Linda Dimeff, Kelly Wilson, Steven Hayes, Jonathan Abramowitz, Donna Sudak, and more.  Also watch for more ABCT courses coming in the spring/early summer.

DBT Strategies and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Self-Study Courses

We are also pleased to announce that this spring we will be launching brand new DBT and ACT self-study courses that will allow you to purchase a single module or the complete package and learn on your own schedule.  You’ll go through lessons consisting of readings, videos, handouts and assignments.  Once you feel like you’ve got the material down, you can take a brief CE exam and print your certificate as soon as you've passed.

The ACT Series will consist of 10 modules including What is ACT, Defusion, Self-Concepts, Values in ACT, Motivation, Acceptance, Clinical Work in the Here and Now, The Art and Science of Using Metaphors, Formal Experiential Practice, and Assessment.

The DBT Series will consist of 6 modules including Orientation, the First 4 Sessions, Chain Analysis/Solution Analysis/Movement Speed and Flow, Change Procedures, Validation, and Consultation Team/Dialectics.

If you are interested in receiving more information as we get closer to the launch date, fill out the interest form.