Online events in the field of Contextual Behavioral Sciences and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Thanks to a good collaboration with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) from USA and ACT Romania, as well as the Romanian affiliation of this community, the Department of Counseling, Career Guidance, and Informing Students (DCCGIS), in association with the Junior Researcher Academy, invites students from UMCH Campus Hamburg and George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mureș to the following online events in the field of Contextual Behavioral Sciences (CBS) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):

  • Professor Steven Hayes, Ph.D. – “What Process-Based Therapy Means to the Future of ACT”
  • Niklas Torneke, MD – “Introduction to Relational Frame Theory”
  • Russ Harris, MD – “ACT with Worrying, Obsession, and Rumination”

The events will take place in May, between 7th-9th, and the participation will be on a voluntary basis in the first place. In case the requests will exceed the number of possible participants, the criterion for deciding the attendance will be the grades that students achieved in Medical Psychology/ Behavioral Sciences.

In order to participate, students’ agreement to complete a consent and GDPR form for personal data protection is required. In addition, students need to agree with the fact that the organizers will contact them for information regarding the connection time and details.

Due to the limited number of seats available and the high interest in this event, we recommend to students who are interested, are kindly asked to express their wish to participate by writing an email at:

Steven C. Hayes is the founder of the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, USA. He is also the developer of Relational Frame Theory, a model that explains the way human mind uses verbal labelling to create relations and associations between concepts. Moreover, he contributed significantly to the scientific evidence of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a type of psychotherapy that aims to increase psychological flexibility with important implications in the field of mental health, as well as chronic medical conditions and pain (

Niklas Torneke is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His work emphasizes the importance of language in human suffering and emotional disturbances, as well as the therapeutic role of metaphors (

Russ Harris was trained as a general practitioner. As a doctor, he began to be interested in human development and increasing people’s quality of life. Therefore, he currently uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in his coaching and psychotherapeutic practice ( His book, The Happiness Trap, offers insight into the factors that are involved in psychological distress and provides some useful solutions for reducing stress, rumination, and increasing life satisfaction.

We are looking forward to welcoming you, online this time!

Lecturer, Ph.D., Cosmin Popa

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