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SCA meets on the third Friday of each month, except for July, August and December. Coffee, Tea service and a light breakfast provided! SCA offers 1.5 continuing education credits for the presentations.

MEETING FORMAT
9:00 AM   Registration
9:15 AM   Introductions by attendants
9:50 AM   Networking
10:00 AM   SCA Business
10:15 AM   Speaker Presentation
11:45 AM   Networking
12:15 PM   Board Meeting (all members welcome to attend!)

MEETING FEES
"Payment is accepted via check or cash at the meetings. Members may pay in advance on this page. Non-members, retired professionals, and students, may pay at the event".

$20.00   MEMBER
$30.00   NON-MEMBER
$15.00   RETIRED/STUDENT

JUNE ETHICS MEETING
Our June meeting is a longer training on ethics for a total of 3 credits
The Speaker Presentation is from 10:15 AM - 1:15 PM
And the meeting fees are
$40.00   MEMBER
$60.00   NON-MEMBER
$30.00   RETIRED/STUDENT

MEETING LOCATION
Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109-2718



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SCA October 2017 Meeting


Getting Clients Unstuck from Addictions: Introducing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Jonathan Bricker, PhD

October 20, 2017


Addictions are top causes of disease, premature death, and human suffering worldwide. Day-to-day, they bring people shame and self-loathing. Helping our patients overcome these problems is very challenging and relapse rates are high. Fortunately, recent advances in behavioral science give a new and hopeful option for us to provide our patients effective tools to overcome addiction. That hope is in the form of a therapy called “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” or the word “ACT” for short. ACT provides skills for being willing to have cravings while focusing on what matters most in life. 

Dr. Bricker will introduce you to the ACT model and its theoretical foundation. Attendees will also be shown an exercise for how to apply a technique to help their clients become willing to have a craving. 


Jonathan Bricker, PhD, is founder and leader of the Tobacco & Health Behavior Science Group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is a Full Member (equivalent to Full Professor) in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, and has a part time Seattle (Eastlake) private practice in ACT for addictions and anxiety disorders. His research team focuses on developing and testing innovative interventions for addiction. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on a variety of US National Institutes of Health research projects. Among his current research grants, he has a total of $14 million in NIH grants for the “Webquit”, "SmartQuit", and "TALK" study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adult smoking cessation, comparing Acceptance & Commitment Therapy with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy via web, smartphone, and telephone. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed research articles in major scientific journals. His TEDx talk, “The Secret to Self-Control,” has been viewed over 2 million times. Currently, he serves as Senior Editor of the journal Addiction - the highest impact substance abuse journal. Dr. Bricker received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington.