The Matrix On the Road!

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In April and May I had the pleasure of presenting the Matrix in two different states, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In Aril I held a collaborative workshop with the wonderful folks from PLEA. PLEA is an educational and mental health agency that partners with families to help individuals with behavioral or developmental difficulties to function to their fullest potential as effective members of their community through advocacy and family-focused support and educational services. We met at Chatham University in “Da Burg”  ( known to most as Pittsburgh ). The focus was to bring ACT and the Matrix to the process of planning and helping educators, families and agencies negotiate the yearly planning known as IEPs ( Individualized Education Plans ).

I presented the Matrix point of view and was followed by Beth Fulton, Director of PLEA’s ACT Institute and Aaron Libman, Clinical Director. Beth presented on using the matrix with families and Aaron on the matrix as an organizational and staff training tool. A good time was had by all and the matrix was well received by a mix of educational, mental health and community agency professionals. Very special thanks to medical director Stu Libman and executive director Debbie Ferraro for their wonderful support and generosity. PLEA has been an invaluable resource for the Pittsburgh community and it was an honor to help them with their continued efforts.

This month I held a full day workshop at the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists spring conference entitled, “Developing Healthy Classrooms: The ACT Matrix for Counseling and Intervention”. We spent the experiencing the matrix point of view and applying it to school and family-based interventions. All attendees left with a “homework assignment”, namely, to show the matrix to someone else! I have already heard from a few who have done their homework so the matrix is spreading! Thanks also to my attentive assistant Jamie Schleifer for her help and the photo!

In both workshops, I presented what is known as the two loops around the matrix. The first loop is done for individuals to promote psychological flexibility, the ability to move in valued directions while experiencing uncomfortable internal obstacles like fear and anger. The second loop is for working with groups such as classrooms, families and work meetings and promotes psychological safety. The ability to be flexibile in thinking and responding is critical for success in school and life. Feeling safe in groups allows everyone to have a voice and contribute. Bringing both of these processes together in classrooms turbocharges academic, social and emotional development.

Next month I will be retruning to Burlington County, New Jersey for another run through the two loops with locals school Child Study Team members. Stay posted!

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Matrix Workshop at NJASP Spring 2017 Conference

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I will be giving a full day workshop May 5 at the New Jersey School Psychologists Spring Conference in East Windsor, NJ.

The workshop is titled  “Developing Healthy Classrooms: The ACT Matrix for Counseling and Intervention”.

The ACT Matrix will be presented as an engaging, research based tool designed to enhance psychological flexibility that quickly “loosens up” stuck or struggling learners for collaborative, creative problem solving, both individually and in groups. The matrix point of view leads learners toward self-monitoring and self-regulation, leaving more time for learning and discovery. It quickly engages all learners in a process of moving toward what is important for whatever learning situation they find themselves in.

Non NJASP members and students are welcome!

Click Here For Registration and Details

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The Matrix is Going To Pittsburgh PA !

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I am happy to announce the Matrix will be on the road to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in April 28.

Thanks to the hospitality of the PLEA ACT Agency and Chatham University, I have been invited to present the ACT Matrix point-of-view for interested educators and mental health professionals . We will spend the morning getting participants up and riding the matrix bike.  The afternoon  will feature PLEA Director Beth Fulton and Clinical Director Aaron Libman presenting on matrix work with families and organizations. A panel discussion will wrap things up. This should be a great training and learning opportunity to those who can make it. I am told it is a lovely venue as well!

If you or anyone you know is interested the conference info and registration can be downloaded from the link below.

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Where is your compass pointing?

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A compass is a direction finding instrument used to navigate your way. It doesn’t tell you where to go as much as help you orient yourself relative to where you are and where you want to be.  A magnetic compass points to “true north” and is the one most of us either know about or have used at one time or another. It can be a handy tool to have available when you are lost or want to know if you are on track or not in terms of where you are heading. The matrix acts as in inner compass once you learn to use it.



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