This workshop will help prepare attendees to lead counseling groups in the schools, namely centered on Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT), but other orientations will be considered in the context of a school setting. Special attention will be given to creating and evaluating developmentally appropriate group material. A sample ACT group will be overviewed, highlighting cognitive and mindfulness interventions, with the attendees of this presentation being led through the sessions and participating in select group activities. This workshop is intended for those who have had prior exposure to running groups, or who have taken the beginning group counseling skills workshop or another introduction to group therapy course. Practical hands-on techniques will be reviewed with opportunity for practice in the workshop.

Dr. Melissa L. Holland is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at California State University, Sacramento and has a private practice specializing in work with children, adolescents, and their families. She is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. Her publications focus on the emotional health of children and she acts as a consultant in schools on the topic of social emotional learning and the use of mindfulness, cognitive, and behavioral strategies with students.