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I am very excited to have Tony Biglan on Functionally Speaking.  He wrote a fantastic book called The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives & Our World.  I highly recommend the book, and you can order it by going to the ACBS Click-Thru page first.  Check out his cool website that hosts a neat video about the topic, and even shows endorsements from many scholarly people, including Senator Jeff Merkley.  Tony’s answers to my questions are really enlightening, and I think you’ll find this podcast particularly interesting.  And, if you like this interview, check out Tony’s interview on Trent Codd’s CBT Radio podcast.  I look forward to your feedback.


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Beate Ebert is doing a remarkable job helping reduce suffering and improve quality of living for people in Sierra Leone.  She’s helping establish mental health infrastructures, training professionals in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and doing important implementations of public health initiatives to reduce the spread of Ebola in West Africa.  She and I worked together with Joanne Dahl presenting ACT workshops in Sierra Leone.  Beate and I reminisce about that experience and talk about the challenges of disseminating the contextual behavioral sciences.  Beate explains how she used ACT to influence people’s actions to reduce the spread of the Ebola virus.  (Check out Steve Hayes’s blog about this topic here.)

We also discuss our experience in the amputee camps, conversations with adults who were child-combatants, prevention measures, and our interaction with Father Peter Conte, a great community organizer in Freetown. (To read a little bit about Peter, look here). 

If you’d like to assist in this Beate’s initiatives, check out the Commit + Act organization’s website and Facebook page.

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