About ACL

Live with Awareness, Courage and Love (ACL) Meetups make widely available to the general public, uses the concepts of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) which focuses on the healing power of present-moment authentic interactions. Research indicates that people who are more interpersonally connected are healthier physically and psychologically, and live happier, more vibrant lives.

We began this ACL in 2017 as a meetup in Westchester County. Presently, our ACL group is online and meets monthly. A Spanish-speaking group is forming soon. We are committed to promoting a  vision of open-hearted presence and courageous living to interested participant. For this reason, we provide ACL  sessions upon request to a small group of interested members.  

Awareness, Courage, and Love (ACL) Global Project is a nonprofit organization created in 2015. After four years ACL meetups have grown in 92 cities around the world.  In the TedxEverett  below, Mavis Tsai speaks about the power of connection for mental health and wellness.  She presents the key ingredients for meaningful connections and powerful questions to create unforgettable conversation.


Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer.

Mavis Tsai


Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer. Mavis Tsai presents the components of an extraordinary interaction and six powerful questions you can share with others to create unforgettable conversations. Mavis Tsai, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist/research scientist and Associate Director of University of Washington’s Center for Science of Social Connection. She has gained a world-wide following as the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), a contextual behavioral and relational therapy that harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship to transform clients’ lives. She is the co-author/editor of five text books on FAP (some of which have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) and over 60 articles and book chapters. She received Washington State Psychological Association’s 2014 Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to knowledge in clinical psychology. Her most recent and passionate work is in training volunteers in five continents to launch Live with Awareness, Courage and Love Meetups, which address the need for people to connect more authentically with themselves and with others, and to spread the This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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