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4th Annual Virtual Conference: Advances in Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Clinical Tools for Treating Adolescents and Young Adults

May 5, 2023 | Zoom Video-conference | Online

Earn CE credits, enhance your therapy skills and connect with new colleagues from the comfort of your home or office during this interactive zoom conference.  This one-day, virtual symposium brings together experts to provide state of the art updates on evidence-based mindfulness and acceptance approaches to improving lives of adolescents and young adults struggling with a broad array of obstacles to living a rich, full, and meaningful life. This is an active conference in which speakers and attendees engage in meaningful dialogue and experiential practice.

The symposium is appropriate for mental health professionals and students who are new to ACT and mindfulness as well as those who are well versed in practicing these approaches in their clinical work.

Participants will learn from case examples, experiential exercises, and group discussions, and will have opportunities to network with professionals with shared interests in treating adolescents and young adults. A “data-blitz” in the afternoon will provide opportunities to learn a snapshot of some of the latest clinical practices and research in this area.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss unique aspects and challenges related to helping parents and teens communicate with one another and speak a common language.

2. Demonstrate how to incorporate superhero and pop culture heroic role models to identify values and engage youth in ACT treatment and to address loneliness.

3. Apply mindfulness, breathing and yoga practices in clinical practice and self-care for clinicians.

4. Apply the ACT matrix in sessions with young adults and teens.

5. Identify three recent clinical innovations or new areas of research related to ACT, CFT, DBT, or mindfulness-based treatments for adolescents and young adults.

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Conference Program (EST Time Zone):

9:40-9:45 Log in – check out our virtual poster session!
9:45-9:50 Welcome/Introduction
Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian & Matcheri Keshavan
9:55-10:55 Keynote: Ask Dr. Lisa: Helping clinicians and parents learn to speak a common language  Lisa Damour
10:55-11:00 Screen Break
11:00-12:00 Keynote: Addressing teen loneliness with ACT-informed superhero therapy  Janina Scarlett
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Enhancing provider well-being using meditative breathing, and yoga practices  Balachundhar Subramaniam
2:00-2:05 Screen Break
2:05-3:05 ACT in action: Live role play  Carmine Dichiara
3:05-3:10 Screen Break
3:10-4:00 Data Blitz: Series of 10-minute presentations covering a bite-sized bit of the latest research in acceptance/mindfulness treatments in youth
4:00-4:05 Closing Remarks  Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian


Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center
Matcheri Keshavan, MD  Stanley Cobb Professor and Academic Head of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School
Janina Scarlet, PhD Lead Trauma Specialist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, award-winning author and TEDx speaker
Lisa Damour, PhD Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, Executive Director at the Center of Research on girls at the Laurel School
Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD, MPH, FASA Ellison “Jeep” Pierce Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Director, Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet (BIDMC)
Carmine Dichiara, PsychD ACT and Clinical RFT Trainer, Vice president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science’s New England Chapter


Physicians: There are no Category I credits available to Physicians for this conference. This conference qualifies for Category II credits.

Psychologists: The Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program. This Symposium offers 5 CE credits.

Counselors: The Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5689. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This seminar meets the criteria for 5 clock hours.

Nurses: This symposium meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing in Massachusetts (244 CMR).

Social Workers: We have applied for approval for continuing education credits via the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. For updates on the status of the application, please email fjanak@bidmc.harvard.edu.


Fee includes CEU’s and two months access to conference recording:

Registration before 3/20/23 $99
Student registration before 3/20/23 $49
Registration 3/21/23-5/4/23 $125
Student registration 3/21/23-5/4/23 $70

 Share your work at our virtual poster session and data blitz!  Click here for details.