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The ACT Matrix for Psychological Flexibility, Safety, and Success!

Follow the Steps and Notice What Shows Up

The ACT Matrix is a powerful tool created by Dr. Kevin Polk based on Acceptance and Commitment  Training (ACT). Using the Matrix promotes psychological flexibility, the cornerstone of psychological health and well-being. It helps individuals and groups move towards what matters to them personally and professionally.

The vertical line is your experience line. You experience the world through your five senses (top), which show up in our minds as thoughts, feelings, and memories (mind at the bottom). The horizontal line points to actions done to approach satisfaction with the important people and things in our lives or to seek relief from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. 

  • You start in the lower right with the question, "Who's important to you?". You can recall your important people or jot them down.
  • Next, you recall yucky stuff like fear that might sometimes show up inside of you.
  • Now, recall things you do to seek relief from the yucky stuff (like run to get relief from fear).
  • Finally, recall how you approach contentment with who's important to you, like talk, play, or spend time with them.
  • Then you can step back and Notice the Big Picture of what you are up to.
  • Mapping these experiences onto the Matrix when you have the opportunity increases valued living.

The Matrix is backed by research and the science of what works, making it an effective intervention for mental health, social-emotional learning, team performance, and management in various organizations.

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Collaborative Crisis Intervention in Schools

"Transforming Calm to Chaos" is the ultimate guide for educators seeking practical strategies to help students in crisis. Using the proven ACT Matrix process, this book empowers educators to intervene and build mental health and social-emotional skills in any educational setting. This engaging book, written by leading expert Phil Tenaglia, provides step-by-step guidance and practical tools for identifying, responding to, and preventing crises. Whether you're a teacher, counselor, or administrator, this book will help you make a lasting impact on your students' lives. Order your copy today and start transforming chaos into calm in your school!

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A Social-Emotional Learning and Intelligence Process in a Trifold !

The ACT Matrix Laminated Guide is a dynamic process designed for everyday use in classrooms, schools, and other organizations. It is a cutting edge approach that is easy to learn and implement.

Six pages of a rock solid, field-tested way to harness engagement and collaboration, the ACT Matrix gives leaners a powerful tool for their own growth and development. More teaching. More learning and less stress follows naturally the more you use it.

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Life Coaching with the ACT Matrix: Now Available for Instant Download

This 18-page workbook contains outlines, checklists, and note-taking pages for promoting psychological flexibility in your coaching sessions. 

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Looking to level up and make meaningful changes in your life? Whether you're striving for personal growth, professional development, or navigating life's complexities, the ACT Matrix can help you achieve your goals. I specialize in applying the ACT Matrix in a variety of contexts, from education to other fields. Are you curious about how the ACT Matrix can enhance your journey? Click below to schedule your consultation.

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Are You Looking for Effective and Powerful Social Emotional Learning Tools?

The ACT Matrix is an immediately engaging and simple process to promote awareness of self and others for learners of all ages. Using it leads to less stress and happier and healthier classrooms.

This empowering, evidenced based approach was developed by Dr. Kevin Polk, author of several ACT Matrix texts and peer reviewed trainer. It is known world wide as "the workability model" and has endless applications for those who use it.

The Matrix has been field-tested in classrooms and educational programs. It targets all of the core SEL areas naturally. Teachers report that it boosts student achievement, reduces stress, and leads to improved prosocial behavior among learners.

The ACT Matrix ramps up SEL by promoting psychological flexibility, the ability to notice one's actions and use experience to manage difficult impulses and experiences. Using the matrix increases creativity and allows learners to develop their own problem-solving tools.

At the group and classroom level the matrix promotes psychological safety, leading to shared purposes, increased cooperation and collaboration.

The matrix benefits both teachers and students by establishing a shared point of view that facilitates learning and communication. It gets everyone on the same page while allowing for diversity and individual experience. It is highly adaptive and is easily integrated into your daily routines. You spend more time teaching and your students spend more time learning!

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Would You Like In Person / Online Training that Gets Results with Less Hassles?

I have a passion for training and presenting the Matrix, known as the "psychological flexibity point of view". 

Matrix training is like bike riding. You learn by practice or doing. As you practice with it you notice what works and the ride becomes smooth and rewarding for you and those you serve.

The Matrix point of view is based on the experience of the user. My live trainings are hands on and designed to leave you with functional tools you can use immediately.

I offer online trainings based on your knowledge and willingness to try out the point of view


This introduces you to the Matrix point of view. You learn how to set the visual and verbal context, and ask a few powerful and respectful questions that will increase psychological flexibility and learning.


Once you have the basics down you will be introduced to verbal aikido or the art of spinning words that turn diificult conversations toward understanding and solutions.


This is for those who want to dive deeper and use the matrix as a unifying intervention to spark creativity and productivity for themselves and those they serve.

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Are Your Teams Struggling, Disorganized or Distressed?

Does your organization or workplace  struggle with morale issues? Are your teams in conflict, hurting or losing steam? The ACT Matrix will help them get unstuck and re-energized. Productivity and renewed commtiments to your mission soon follow.

We will come to your site and show you and your workteams how to move toward shared purposes, neutralize conflicts and increase productivity. Helping teams thrive will also reduce absenteeism and employee turnover.

Training can be tailored to your organization's needs. It centers around  a 3 Step Plan to build consensus , develop workable goals and monitor results over time.

Step 1 

How to use the Prosocial Matrix to develop shared purposes for work teams, identify obstacles and boost morale.


How to move past sticking points using verbal aikido to reduce conflicts and self-sabotage within teams.


We teach you how to fish on your own so that you and your team can use the prosocial matrix process as on ongoing tool to move toward your goals.

Our style is active and enagaging.  We will work with you to get the results you want. You will have the tools you need to implement immediate and lasting change.

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I am enjoying and learning a lot from Phil’s webinars and trainings!  I have used the Matrix with my clients throughout their lifespan.  Using the Matrix has created a new way of looking at the world and has stimulated an avenue to create clearer insight.

Christina Pettinato MS, NCC
Speciality Counselor

As a Student Assistance Counselor, I deal with a variety of issues. Phil’s matrix training has allowed me to promote flexibility and growth with students struggling with addiction. I have seen them use it to take charge of their recovery and spend more time pursuing what is meaningful to them.

The Matrix is an excellent tool that can be used in schools, business, and treatment centers. It has helped me grow as a counselor and increase my flexibility, effectiveness, and productivity.

Maura Nixon MA, SAC

I work with Phil and have been using the matrix in my classroom for several years. Working with students who are disaffected and discouraged is challenging but the matrix gives them powerful tools that increase their chances for success. They and I notice the difference!

Andrew Bezila, Secondary Teacher

Phil is a local champ regarding therapeutic strategies and support methodology. I have had the good fortune to train with Phil, which has strengthened my consultation and intervention skills. The ACT Matrix is a can’t miss program.

John Lestino
School Psychologist
NASP Delegate

Phil Tenaglia, Founder of Evolving Solutions and ACT Matrix Coach and Trainer

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