Training in the Mid-Atlantic Region



10/11 -10/13, 2019

Join us for a 2 day retreat:  immersive training for intermediate to advanced ACT practitioners.

Where:  Pearlstone Center

Registration is open!  To learn more go to our ACT Retreat 2019 page (yes, this training is so special it gets its own page!)

Peer Consultation Groups

There are currently three MAC-ACBS peer groups operating in the DC area and one in West Virginia.  For more information or to investigate starting your own group, please contact our Membership Chair at

Past Workshops in our Region

ACT in Practice:

An Experiential Approach to Learning

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

What: A 2 day ACT workshop for beginner to intermediate level practitioners

When: May 10th and 11th, 2019

Where: Bethesda, MD

Who: Staci Martin, PhD and Miranda Morris, PhD

This workshop will be highly experiential with a focus on helping participants practice and build skills that they can readily integrate into their work.  It’s designed to give participants a strong foundation in ACT theory and practice. The workshop is ideal for beginning practitioners new to the model as well as those already practicing ACT at an intermediate level who want to broaden their repertoire.

Over the course of two days, we will work with participants to assess psychological problems using the ACT model, learn and practice skills related to the core process of ACT, identify and use metaphors and exercises relevant to each of the 6 core processes, use the ACT model to help clients differentiate between ineffective and meaningful actions, and to identify and address experiential avoidance.  In addition, the training will explore the ways in which language and metaphor influence behavior and can be used in therapy to help change behavior.  We will use experiential exercises, small group work and dyad work to encourage participants to practice and enhance new skills.  

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Registration fee covers instruction and coffee/tea.

The activity has approval for 12 CEs for psychologists, counselors, and social workers.  You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive continuing education credits.  CE credits are not given for the 8:30 – 9:00 AM coffee/tea time, lunch time, or the 15-minute breaks.  


Refunds: A $25 processing fee will be charged for registration refunds up to April 30th. We regret that after April 30th refunds cannot be made, but you may request credit toward a future program. If you need a refund, please contact us via email at






CE credits:

The activity is approved for 12 CEs for social workers, psychologists and counselors. You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive continuing education credits.  CE credits are not given for the 8:30 – 9:00 AM refreshment time or the 15-minute break.  The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


FOR MORE INFORMATION email Miranda Morris at or Staci Martin at





Early Registration (by April 8, 2019)                 $225

Standard Registration (by May 1, 2019)           $255

Late Registration (after May 1, 2017)                $275

CE certificate (12 hours)                                      free

Instructor Bios:

Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic medical conditions at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She is the Past President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and conducts numerous trainings on ACT to mental health professionals, trainees, and medical patients.


Miranda Morris, PhD is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and conducts regular workshops in ACT and related contextual behavioral therapies. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Miranda uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.  She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is President Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of ACBS.

Day 1  May 10th


8:30 – 9:00           Coffee, tea

9:00 – 10:15          Foundations of ACT

10:15 – 10:30         Break

10:30 – 12:15          Defusion and Acceptance

12:15 – 1:15              Lunch

1:15 – 2:30              Present Moment and Self as Context

2:30 – 2:45            Break

2:45 – 4:30            Values and Committed Action

Day 2  May 11th


8:30 – 9:00           Coffee, tea

9:00 – 10:15          Figuring out what works

10:15 – 10:30         Break

10:30 – 12:15          Co-creating metaphors

12:15 – 1:15              Lunch

1:15 – 2:30              ACT Roulette

2:30 – 2:45            Break

2:45 – 4:30            Self-Compassion in ACT

A Mindful Approach to Maintaining Ethical and Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals

w/Staci Martin, PhD and Miranda Morris, PhD

Silver Spring, MD

December 8th, 2018

To learn more go to DC ACT:


Advancing Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Two Day Intermediate Workshop

with Rhonda Merwin, PhD


Greenville, NC 

January 12-13, 2017


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