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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Maria Larrimore

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Carin and Maria

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Empirically based intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness, together with commitment and behavior change to create psychological flexibility
Explores how language functions to inhibit individuals' psychological functioning
The goal is to increase psychological flexibility, be more present with the current moment, and work to change behaviors (Luoma, Hayes, Walser, 2007)
Change occurs by "changing the relationship to these processes of thinking, remembering, feeling, sensing, and doing - not a change in content" (Hayes, 2009).
How was this technique developed?
-"Third Generation" CBT approach

-Draws from a modern behavioral psychology and a Relation Frame Theory framework

-Does not adhere to the idea of needing to 'rid' oneself of negative feelings or distorted thoughts

-Works broadly, but it should be linked to the particular behavior modification that is sought.

ACT: Who is it good for?
(absolutely everything!)
-Anxiety Disorders (Arch, Eifert, Davies, Vilardaga, Rose & Craske 2012)
-Chronic Pain (Wetherell, Afari, Rutledge, Sorrell, Stoddard, Petkus...Atkinson, 2011)
-Depression (Forman, Herbert, Moitra, Yeomans & Geller, 2007)
-OCD (Twohig, Hayes, Plumb, Pruitt, Collins, Hazlett-Stevens, Woidneck, 2010).
-Psychosis (Bach, Hayes, & Gallop, 2012).
Main Techniques
Luoma, Hayes &Walser, 2007
Psychological Rigidity
Dominance of Conceptualized Past/ Future
Lack of Values Clarity/Contact
Attachment to Conceptualized Self
Cognitive Fusion
Experiential Avoidance
Psychological Flexibility
Being Present
Defining Valued Directions
Cognitive Defusion
Self as Context
Committed Action
Inaction/ Impulsivity/ Avoidant Persistence
Accepting Emotions
Neutral Labeling
Cognitive Restructuring and Cognitive Diffusion
sing the thought
dancing letters
the family lawyer
Values and Direction
Committed Action
No Certification exists - Stephen Hayes, PhD, suggests that to learn ACT one must work through the conceptual ideas deeply, and that one's clients are the best teachers.
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