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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACBS LogoOne of the great things about ACT is the community's commitment to disseminating their ideas without nickel-and-diming people who want to learn. To that end, the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science has a fantastic range of resources for those wishing to learn & practice ACT. You do have to be a member of the association to access the materials, but they have an honour system for membership and you can join for as little as $10 in order to 'test the waters'. The materials range from helpful metaphors, worksheets, protocols, measures, and treatment manuals. There is a thriving community and you are welcome to submit your own materials.

Case Conceptualization / Case Formulation

Intervention

Treatment guides

Information handouts

Exercises, Worksheets & Workbooks

Videos

ACT Demons on the boatAnimation: Demons on the Boat metaphor - which outlines how an alternative, more accepting stance towards difficult thoughts, emotions or sensations can facilitate action towards values View at YouTube.com

ACT Unwanted GuestAnimation: Unwelcome Party Guest metaphor - similar to the Demons on the Boat metaphor, but highlights the cost (in terms of lack valued action) of avoidance of negative or unwanted emotions View at YouTube.com

Recommended Reading

  • Cullen, C. (2008). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A third-wave behaviour therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(6), 667 contextualscience.org
  • Harris, R. (2006). Embracing your demons: An overview of acceptance and commitment therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12(4), 2-8 actmindfully.com.au
  • Hayes, S. C., Pistorello, J., & Levin, M. E. (2012). Acceptance and commitment therapy as a unified model of behavior change. The Counseling Psychologist, 40(7), 976-1002 academia.edu
  • Larmar, S., Wiatrowski, S., & Lewis-Driver, S. (2014). Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: An Overview of Techniques and Applications. Journal of Service Science and Management, 7(3), 216 scirp.org