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Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Patty Bach, Ph.D. Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA
Acknowledgments The ACT/ RFT community was very supportive and helpful as I compiled this presentation
The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. -Leo Rosten
We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty and fear. So the central question is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort. -Pema Chodron
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it –Bruce Lee
It’s like you’re surfing… The same wave that can be a source of pain, can be a beautiful flowing grace and source of power. It’s all a matter of how you respond to it. -Trey Anastasio
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is …built on empirically based principles …aimed to increase psychological flexibility …using a mindfulness-based approach …with behavior change strategies An Intro to the Intro to ACT
… built on empirically based principles Severe substance abuse Obsessive-compulsive disorder Depression Workplace stress & creativity Panic disorder Social phobia Smoking Chronic pain Trichotillomania Psychosis
…aimed to increase psychological flexibility Psychological flexibility is: contacting the present moment fully as an historical human being, and based on what the situation affords changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.
…using a mindfulness-based approach Mindfulness is: …much easier learned by experience, but… …it involves: paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally –J–Jon Kabat-Zinn
…with behavior change strategies Behavior change strategies include: Applied Behavior Analysis strategies Contingency management Level systems Traditional Behavior Therapy strategies Exposure Social skills training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an empirically based intervention aimed to increase psychological flexibility using a mindfulness-based approach with behavior change strategies
Acceptance and Mindfulness Processes You can chunk them into two larger groups
Commitment and Behavior Change Processes Thus the name “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” and
Psychological Flexibility (1) Given a distinction between you and the stuff you are struggling with and trying to change (2) are you willing to have that stuff, fully and without defense (3) as it is, and not as what it says it is, (4) AND do what takes you in the direction (5) of your chosen values (6) at this time, in this situation? ACT Question If the answer is “yes,” that is what builds...