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Benjamin Askew, Ph.D (Yorkshire, UK)

Ben is an acting teacher, writer and director, and a certified ACT Matrix Trainer. He is the founder and director of The Working Action Group and the originator of “ACT for Acting”, a project aiming to refresh and revitalise psychological approaches to dramatic character and place psychological flexibility and care for wellbeing at the heart of the acting process.

Alongside his creative theatre practice and work in some of the UK’s leading drama schools, Ben offers classes, workshops and one-to-one coaching through The Working Action Group. To find out more, follow The Working Action Group on Twitter (@working_action) or get in touch by email.

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Anna Castonguay

is a BCBA and Clinical Director for Autism Learning Partners, an in-home ABA agency, and an adjunct professor in the ABA master's program at Daemen College.  She completed her master's degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Ball State University and has completed a certificate in organizational behavior management (OBM) through Florida Institute of Technology.  Anna incorporates evidence-based approaches when managing staff, using OBM techniques and the ACT and Prosocial Matrix when supervising and supporting BCBAs and direct service providers.  The ACT Matrix and Prosocial ARC allow her to improve cooperation and collaboration amongst team members within her organization.

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Ann Sullivan

Ann is a Special Education Teacher, Certified ACT facilitator, and Licensed Behavior Analyst.  For the past 30 + years, Ann has worked in the Public Schools, Early Intervention, and as an outside consultant to Public School Programs.  Ann’s primary focus has been supporting children with special needs and their families.    

As a certified ACT Matrix facilitator, Ann uses the Matrix to support Educators, Students, and families. Ann is a true believer in teaching explicit Social Emotional Learning skills to children and finds the ACT Matrix a very beneficial tool for her clients and students.    

In addition to her degree in Special Education, she earned her certificate in Behavior Analysis in 2003 and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of CT.

Ann currently works for Movia Robotics, Inc, as Director of Content.  In her role with Movia, she is responsible for developing academic and social-emotional content delivered by Robot-Assisted Instruction. 

Ann offers free ACT Matrix webinars on Crowdcast.  Please follow her at crowdcast.io/annsullivan

Contact Ann Sullivan at [email protected].

Kevin Walsh, MD

is a physician, coach, and educator who lives in Sacramento, California.  After graduating from medical school at UC San Francisco and completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UC Davis, he practiced Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine for over 30 years at Kaiser Permanente.  In addition to clinical practice, Kevin served as a physician communication-skills coach, was the Chief of Physician Health & Wellness at his medical center, and became a certified mindfulness teacher in 2018.  Since that time, Kevin has devoted himself to helping others through teaching and coaching the skills of mindfulness as a partner with LK Mindfulness.  Kevin is deeply committed to helping clients and students learn, understand, and practice mindfulness to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.  He loves using the ACT Matrix because it is such a powerful tool for helping people quickly realize the benefits of mindfulness in a simple and practical way.  As one of his students put it, “It’s like mindfulness with handles!”    Kevin can be reached through his website at lkmindfulness.com.

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Mariam Aldoseri

Mariam is a Certified ACT Matrix Trainer and currently a student at George Mason University, pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and special education. She has earned a medical degree at the Arabian Gulf University and has worked as a pediatric and NICU resident at King Hamad University Hospital and ran the Pediatric Developmental Clinic there. Mariam has always been interested in autism spectrum disorders and a heart for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities. She is fluent in Arabic and English and is currently learning Japanese and American Sign Language. Mariam is happily married with four children. She loves traveling around the world, baking, interior designing, and organizing. 

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Dr. Liliane Rocha

...is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) who has worked with people with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, parents, and those looking to improve their lives for over 10 years. She is a certified ACT Matrix trainer and facilitator and uses ACT in her work as a Coach, helping individuals and organizations move through conflict and towards value-based, purpose-infused action. She is very interested and involved in the implementation of behavioral health integration, specifically in improving the care for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) starting at the pediatrician’s office. She is a consultant and provides consultation to local schools and hospitals, as well as international consultation in Brazil, her native country. She is a faculty member and advisor at the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies Doctor of Behavior Health program, and an adjunct professor at the ABA program at St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, NY. She has published articles in the International Journal of Integrated Care and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has presented at several international and national conferences. You can learn more about her work at

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Kate McGoey-Smith, DipNrsg, MSW, RSW, FM

Kate has over 25 years of experience working with thousands of people from children to seniors in health care, mental health, addictions, education, and work places. She offers warm, empathic support while facilitating the opportunity for you to gain a new perspective on your stories, so you can keep moving toward where you want to go, even in the presence of obstacles. Obstacles like getting stuck in a feedback loop of yucky stuff like difficult, nagging thoughts, uncomfortable, painful feelings, memories, or even bodily sensations like aches and pains - are so unwanted. These obstacles are often coupled with common life challenges like existing with chronic health issues; anxiety; depression; loss and grief; fractured relationships; social media management or substance abuse,  Understandably this can lead to trying to escape, avoid, distract, deny or use other controlling behaviours to relieve the pain and hurt. Discover and learn actions for ‘unhooking” from the yucky stuff and unhelpful behaviours and move towards who and what is important to you by increasing your psychological flexibility. Kate offers on-line, phone, and in-person services from her office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Tina Long, Licensed Behavior Analyst

Bio: Tina Long is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and has been working in the field of special education with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for over 15 years. She has experience working with individuals of all ages (from infants to adults) in home, community, and school based settings, to increase language, leisure, living, and learning skills. Additionally, Tina provides IEP Collaboration services to help families identify and acquire the best supports for their students in schools.
Tina is a Certified ACT Matrix Trainer and uses this process to help individuals and groups get flexible with planning and instruction. 
She also provides free weekly webinars and training sessions at crowdcast.io/tinalong
Tina completed both a Bachelor’s in Health Education and Master’s in Special Education at George Mason University. She has also instructed courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at George Mason University.
Tina lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and two small children. When not working to make lives better for her clients, she loves to cook, entertain, and try new foods.
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Sergio van der Pluijm

Sergio is an independent Trainer and coach based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is an MSc in General Social Sciences and has a background in Probation work. He is specialized in three evidence-based methods for human behavior change: Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused coaching, and ACT. Around this wonderful knowledge, he developed a Year long practical course for coaching professionals. He published two books on the first 2 methods and is currently writing a book on ACT for coaches (release-date: 5th of June 2021). He is a big fan of the ACT-matrix because of its accessibility and many possibilities for practical use in non-therapeutic contexts. 

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Dr. Valerie Weed

Valerie is the Director of Adult Behavioral Health at Primary Care Psychology Associates, LLC in Chicago, IL. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in health psychology. Valerie often uses the Matrix in her collaborative, patient-centered approach to treatment. Her goal is to help patients to find the tools they need to live happier and healthier lives. She works in partnership with patients to set goals that are consistent with their core values, to identify and confront any barriers to change, and to take action to achieve and sustain health-supporting behaviors. She capitalizes on her own psychological flexibility and creativity to identify appropriate interventions and adapt them to the needs of patients with a wide range of concerns.

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Chris Adang, PCC

Chris is a certified life coach (via the International Coach Federation) with specialized certification in the ACT Matrix. Chris has 20 years of experience leading individuals, groups, and teams in a variety of settings. His warm, collaborative, and direct style helps his clients engage fully in the coaching experience. As a psychological flexibility expert, Chris helps people move towards their goals while addressing challenges head-on. His expertise with both individual and group formats provides unique opportunities for a wide range of professional and personal growth enhancements. Chris firmly believes that everyone is deserving of a more satisfying, engaged life, and looks forward to the rewards of seeing each of his clients strive to move towards life as they envision it.
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Mark Kelly, CSCS, NASM-PES, Pn2

Mark has spent 20+ years working with clients looking to move towards a healthier life. He has a degree in Exercise Science and holds certifications in fitness, nutrition coaching, and facilitating psychological flexibility using the ACT matrix. 
He starts his coaching process by listening with kindness and compassion. He never tells you who or what you “should“ care about, or what behaviors are “best” for you. Instead, he uses a collaborative approach to help you notice those things for yourself. 
Given what you decide is important to you, he’ll help you notice what actions feel worth doing, even when all kinds of stuff shows up to get in the way. 
When you do contact him, he’ll likely shower you with praise, because he knows asking for help can be scary and takes a lot of courage. 
By taking that step, you’ve already demonstrated the important skill of noticing something felt worth doing, even though it was difficult and uncomfortable. 
Mark accepts both in person and virtual clients.  If you’re interested in experiencing his unique approach for yourself, click below to contact him.


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Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D., R. Psych

 Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the Medical/Surgery/Cancer Care portfolio. She holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and cross appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She is the Director for the Behaviour Change Research Institute, which conducts research and training in chronic disease management. She provides healthy workplace interventions for employees, teams, and leaders with Howatt HR Consulting. She is an internationally recognized trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a certified therapist in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. She has an active research program on behavior change, obesity, chronic disease, professional resiliency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Lee-Baggley has close to 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 115 scholarly presentations. She has presented over 50 workshops and presentations to more than 4,000 healthcare providers, clinicians, researchers, and members of the general public. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). She is the author of the book Healthy Habits Suck: How to get off the couch & live a healthy lifeeven if you dont want to. You can follow her on social media: 
https://twitter.com/DrLeeBaggley; https://www.facebook.com/drleebaggley;  
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Paul Rock

Paul is a certified ACT Matrix trainer.
He works at helping people with drug and alcohol addiction in Greater Manchester, England area.
He uses his experience of crime, prison, and chronic heroin, crack, and tranquilizer abuse with the Matrix to show people there is a way out.
He works voluntarily as the people he helps have mostly lost everything.
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Patrick Kailey

Patrick Kailey is a teacher and coach who uses the Matrix to help students and scholars improve their academic performance and wellness. A lifelong learner (he racked up 2 Master’s degrees and a PhD before becoming a high school teacher), Patrick knows the academic journey can be tough. The ACT Matrix can help you through. 

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Christal Ramanauskas, OT Reg(Alberta), MScOT

Christal Ramanauskas is an assistant clinical lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta, where she teaches a variety of topics in mental and physical health, provides clinical supervision to role-emerging fieldwork placements, and has a focused interest in translating Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS) to the practice of Occupational Therapy. She is an administrator of the ACBS OT Special Interest Group. In addition to exploring the exciting possibilities between CBS and OT,  Christal enjoys bicycling, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family.

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Dr. Evan Parks

Evan serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and is on staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Evan helps people get the information they need to manage chronic pain by providing neuroscience education in everyday language at https://painrehabsource.com/

Evan founded Equip To Empower, LLC where he consults with businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations helping them use psychological flexibility skills to build strong relationships at work, school and home. He spent 15 years living in Budapest, Hungary traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia teaching about mental health and intervening in crisis situations for humanitarian organizations.

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Lutz Schmidt (Frankfurt, Germany)

Lutz is a Martial Arts Expert with a 6th Dan Black Belt in Wing Fight, Focusing Trainer, and Performance Mindset Coach. He uses the ACT Matrix in his Martial Arts Groups for Children, Adults and on One on One Sessions to build situational awareness and for emotional growth and safety. 
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Dr. Rachael Skews

is a lecturer in occupational psychology at the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Before joining the IMS, Rachael worked in business consultancy with a range of clients from industries across the private, public, and third sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

Rachael’s research focuses on performance and development coaching, investigating the effectiveness of coaching interventions using coaching informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

She is the Programme Director for the MSc in Occupational Psychology and PGCert in Coaching programmes, and the convenor for postgraduate research at the IMS.

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Krystyna Kidson (Sydney, Australia)

Krystyna is a psychologist, resilience coach and Matrix trainer. She helps not-for-profit, social enterprise and faith-sector leaders and teams master the stress, isolation and responsibility of their roles, so they can get on with the business of transforming others' lives (and their own!) more meaningfully, effectively and sustainably.  
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Sharon Small (California) 

Sharon is an expert helping therapists and coaches apply new language models to their client sessions.  She has been using  the Pro-Social matrix for several years as a way of enhancing course room learning and group development. 
Her love of innovation, creative solutions and diligence in learning makes her a perfect travel companion on your journey to improve your work, your life and your sense of self.
Sharon is an internationally recognized Clean Language Facilitator, Assessor, and trainer who brings innovative solutions to her training room and client services.  
She is a charter member of the pro-social mastermind.
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Linda Hamilton

Linda is certified as an ACT Matrix Coach and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy in Recovery, and Mindful Self-compassion, she facilitates Substance Abuse Groups for adults and adolescents, and hosts many in-person and online workshops. 

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Pam Noble

Pam is a Counsellor who uses the Matrix with her clients. It is an inspiration to see how it works with clients and to watch the psychological flexibility happening in sessions.

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Gail Farmer, MBA, MA

Gail is a seasoned trainer and educator with a focus on improving workplace relationships through Values-Based Communication. She uses the ProSocial Matrix with individuals and teams to manage conflict and promote collaboration.

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Julie Allen (Ireland)

Julie is a business improvement specialist who uses the Pro-Social Matrix and the ACT Matrix with individuals and organisations to help them identify what is important to live meaningful, fulfilled lives and work better together. Julie is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind.

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Elena Zaklis, BCBA, LBA (McLean, Virginia)...

...is a board certified behavior analyst. She uses the Pro-Social matrix and the ACT matrix process with individuals and groups to help them identify their values, achieve meaningful outcomes and work collaboratively.  Elena is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind. 

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Mallika Kripalani (Singapore)

Mallika is a Mindfulness, ACT and Prosocial Matrix facilitator. She uses these modalities to work with multinationals, small and medium enterprises, and individuals, to empower people for success. She works in Singapore and Asia. 
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Donna Read, Ph.D. (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Donna uses the "Matrix" to help solve thorny international problems. She has been using the ProSocial Matrix since its inception. She is a member of the certification committee. Beyond using the PMCP in international relations, she is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind.

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Ron Pizzo (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Ron is an attorney who uses the PMCP to coach leadership and teams to improve workplace culture and resolve conflicts. Ron is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind.

Julie Beaulac, Ph.D. (Ottowa, Ontario, Canada)

Julie is a clinical psychologist who uses the PMCP with busy professionals. She also combines the PMCP with yoga and mindfulness. Julie is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind.  

Julie is a certification mentor.

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Craig Kennedy's...

...over 30 years experience as a manager, entrepreneur, and trainer provide him with extensive knowledge and unique skills in planning, organizational and personal development and workflow management.

Craig's experience as a manager, entrepreneur, and trainer provide him with extensive knowledge and unique skills in planning, organizational and personal development and interpersonal communication.

He has worked with small business owners, managers, and executives who want to enjoy both career success and an extraordinary personal life. His work spans industries as diverse as health care, technology, nonprofits, government, professional services and postsecondary education. He has trained with Coach University, the world's leading coach training organization. As well he has worked as a Executive Coach with Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, Parachute Executive Coaching and Peak Experiences.

Craig was the Founder of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is a sought after trainer and facilitator, specializing in personal workflow management, team development and effective interpersonal communications as well as Open Space Technology, Pro-Social Matrix and World Cafe. He has been featured in national publications such as Chatelaine Magazine and Reader's Digest and appeared on numerous local and national radio talk shows.

Phil Tenaglia, M.S. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA )

Phil is an expert at transforming difficult classrooms into thriving learning environments. He has been using the ProSocial Matrix since its beginning in 2010. Phil is a family therapist who brings the PMCP to school administrators, teachers, and students. He is Chair of the Certification Committee. He is a charter member of the ProSocial Matrix Mastermind. 

Phil is a certification mentor.

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Kevin Polk, Ph.D. (Hallowell, Maine, USA)

Kevin is the principal creator of the ACT Matrix and the creator of the ProSocial Matrix. He is the founder of the ACT Matrix Academy. He is a member of the certification committee.

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