This is a special webinar where I model how to use the ACT Matrix with students, staff, and others in our current and future challenges. You will learn how to add psychological flexibility and resilience to the toolkit of those you serve. Psychological flexibility is the cornerstone of mental health and social-emotional learning.
The ACT Matrix is a simple way of visualizing the cognitive-behavioral approach to values-based behaviors known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Training ( ACT). Dr. Kevin Polk developed the matrix as a way of quickly engaging people in a collaborative learning process. We need psychological flexibility now more than ever!
At the time of this post, we are at the beginning of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses and schools have shuttered, and we are social distancing to give medical experts and scientists the time they need to help us weather this unprecedented time.
Educators and helpers are busy learning and ramping up how to serve students and others online. We are all looking for what works to engage all learners and help them negotiate this new and mostly uncharted territory.
This video shows you my process for using the ACT Matrix to engage others online. The way you join is not to tell them but to have them experience the process of psychological flexibility.
If you want additional hands-on training in online learning and telehealth, Dr. Kevin Polk and I are offering a course that leads to certification and more. Go here to sign up:
I have partnered with National Professional Resources to create the first ACT Matrix Guide for use in education, buisness and other organizations.
NPR is a leader in professional development resources and guides for educators. “The ACT Matrix: A Mindful Process for SEL, Mental Health, Collaboration, and Achievement,” is a laminated guide for use for and with learners of all ages and will be available in late February of 2020. It is also an excellent teaching and training tool to use with those you serve.
NPR is offering a pre-order discount before the guide is available. Just click HERE
It is the time of year when we are bombarded with messages about goal setting and resolutions. It is built into us that when the calendar hits January our thoughts and conversations turn to “what I want to accomplish”.
Resistance, like the Borg, says in Star Trek, is futile. The message relentlessly seeps in. Even if I don’t want to do any goal setting, my mind begins to conjure up destinations and images of a more fit body, a better-organized workspace, eating all of those good organic healthy foods. Like a summer cold, it is like a virus that shows up inside of me.
A quick search of the top 10 resolutions for the new year reveals the following:
They also happen to be the top 10 resolutions that we fail to keep each year.
Most resolutions dissolve into...
Last week my family and I went to see the new movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. It is a tale based on true life events of how a cynical journalist develops a friendship with children’s television icon Fred Rogers. If you check it out bring tissues :)
Mr. Rogers was a beloved TV personality who invited his young viewers into his “neighborhood” for 895 episodes to talk about what goes on inside of us. He trusted that when children felt invested in by adults they could learn the lessons they needed and apply them in their lives.
The genius of Fred Rogers is that he met his young viewers right where they were. He had three simple rules:
1. Be Kind
2. Be Kind
3. Be Kind
He used his show to convey that they were worthwhile, special and could share whatever they were going through. When he told them all feelings were mentionable and manageable, he was handing them the keys to their own social and emotional learning.
Now, this can be a...
Much is made in educational circles these days about social-emotional learning and intelligence (SEL). Schools everywhere are scrambling to address the social and emotional needs of youth, developing and implementing curriculums, and creating policies. The workplace is also getting on board as more and more businesses are realizing that the key to a successfully run organization is having employees who can solve problems independently and possess solid interpersonal skills.
I think schools, however, get a bad rap. Increasingly, they are asked to do more with less. Everyone wants our students to achieve their full potential. Educators are faced with the awesome and daunting task of providing learners with the skills for success. There is a lot of emphasis on what we need to teach but very little on how to do it. How do you engage, inspire and lead students through the maze of stuff that is thrown at them and help them make sense of it? How do you help them retain what is...
October 10 is World Mental Health Day. According to the World Federation for Mental Health, it is a day to “celebrate awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change.”
My contribution to the cause is to use and show people the ACT Matrix so they can promote their own mental health and show it to others.
To do that, you can do the mental health loop.
Draw this diagram, otherwise known as the ACT Matrix.
Ask yourself, “Who is important to me?” Recall your important people and jot them down in the lower right. Next ask, “What kinds of yucky stuff (like fear and anger) shows up inside of me and gets in the way of what I want to be doing?”. Jot that down in the lower left. Now ask yourself, “well, what do I do to get away from that yucky stuff...
Flow happens when we are fully invested in-the-moment. We could be playing a sport, dancing, writing, teaching or creating a work of art. Flow also happens when we are feeling in the zone in our daily lives. The trick is how to get into a state of flow and how to return to it when the going gets tough.
In this webinar, I present how to use the ACT Matrix to set yourself up for flow states. Check it out and learn how to get your flow going!
It has finally arrived, the way it always does. We turn the calendar page and there it is…
Back to School!
Three words that can induce both excitement and fear in educators and students alike.
182 days over the next 9-10 months invested in learning and working to make a difference. What do we want students to learn? How do we make school real, relevant and rewarding?
We ignore these questions at our peril. Whether we admit it or not, educators are in the business of influencing. How do we set things up to make school real, relevant and rewarding? There are many ways to influence. In my most recent webinar, I present a simple and easy way to get you started.
Kevin Polk, the creator of the matrix, began a podcast called "The Art of Being with the ACT Matrix ". I recently joined him as co-host. Together we chat about how the matrix is used with invited guests as well as what we cook up on our own.
This podcast looks at the classic movie, "The Matrix" from the ACT Matrix point of view. Check it out via the link below:
The podcasts are now available on Soundcloud, Google Podcasts and Stictcher.