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New Process Group Opportunity

Live with Awareness Courage and Love (ACL) Group

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Clinical Psychology Center, University of Montana campus - FREE & open to the public

Meeting on:  February 6th, 20th, March 6th, 20th, April 3rd, 17th, and May 1st 

Close relationships are central to mental and physical health. Research indicates that poor social connection is a significant public health concern, increasing risk of death as much as excessive cigarette smoking and more than excessive drinking, obesity, and chronic exposure to air pollution (Holt-Lunstad et. al., 2010). Not only is our ability to form close relationships at the core of our mental health, but it helps people live longer.

Live with Awareness, Courage and Love (ACL) Groups make widely available the concepts of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) which focuses on the healing power of present-moment authentic interactions. This model, developed and researched at the University of Washington, is for seekers from all walks of life who want a nurturing space to connect more deeply with themselves and with others as they delve into what truly matters.


  1. Provide a safe and welcoming group that fosters present-moment authentic interactions and enhances well-being
  2. Improve community well-being through group members’ generalization of authentic interactions outside of the group setting
  3. Destigmatize the movement towards more-genuine social interaction and social support

What the Group Entails

This group will help participants connect more authentically with themselves and with others, and to create a more meaningful and passionate life. Groups will entail the following components: open-hearted presence; self-expression; deep listening, acceptance and compassion; self-care; embracing vulnerability; giving and receiving support; and living more boldly. After each meeting, participants will leave with exercises and lifestyle tools to deepen their relationships and to move towards what they value most in life. Participants will be given the option to complete a brief questionnaire about their experience to compile anonymous data that will improve the effectiveness of this conscious community in creating more open-hearted presence, interpersonal connectedness and passionate living.

 Contact Ari Silverman to sign up or for more details