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Loneliness, Longing and Belonging: Connection is Prevention (In-Person)

April 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Loneliness, Longing and Belonging:  Connection as Prevention

Presented By Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, 2019

This 2-day experiential training will explore and address loneliness, longing and belonging from an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) perspective and some strategies Prevention Professionals can use to integrate this information into their work. We’ll review the basics of the mental, emotional and physical aspects of these unwanted private experiences. We’ll illustrate how people get “stuck” in these experiences – called psychological inflexibility – and end up acting in ways that keep them disconnected and isolated. We’ll illustrate how an ACT approach can help make sense and make contact with these painful thoughts, feelings and sensations. We’ll use the techniques of mindfulness and psychological flexibility to assist making these experiences useful rather than to be avoided. And with increased psychological flexibility, we help build meaningful connections.

Upon successful completion of both days, Participants will be able to:

  • Describe psychological inflexibility and flexibility from an ACT perspective
  • Illustrate the role of language in amplifying unwanted private experiences and perpetuating unhelpful behavior patterns
  • Practice engaging with community partners avoidance patterns to assist in moving through these experiences toward meaningful connections

It is helpful if participants have some previous ACT training and experience, but not required.

Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, 2018 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM Both days Check-in begins at 8:30 AM Fireside Inn and Suites- Portland $120 Registration Fee Continental Breakfast, Lunch, workshop attendance and continuing education credit included. Save $20 if you PAY by April 22, 2019- Early Bird fee $100 12.0 Continuing Education Credits.

*Please Note: if you arrive late or leave early, you MUST sign out to receive a certificate and AdCare will need to adjust your certificate to reflect time. Certificates will be available at the end of the day, please pick them up at the registration table as a way to confirm your attendance.

This course is sponsored by CCSME through the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative, a partnership between AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, and Muskie School of Public Service with funding from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), Department of Health and Human Services.



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Fireside Inn and Suites-Portland
81 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103 United States
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