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1 Overcoming Resistance - Made Simple Russ Harris, MD ACT World Conference, July 2009

2 2 Workshop Aims Learn the most common factors in resistance Learn a more comprehensive interpretation of the popular F.E.A.R. acronym. Learn a variety of techniques for overcoming resistance and increasing motivation

3 3 The Aim Of ACT Cultivate Psychological Flexibility: Be Present Open Up Do What Works

4 4 The Essence Of ACT ACT= LOVE Letting go Opening up Valuing Engaging

5 5 ACT In A Nutshell Psychological Flexibility Be present, Open up Do what matters The Present Moment Be Here Now Defusion Watch Your Thinking Acceptance Open Up Values Know What Matters Committed Action Do What It Takes Self-as-context Pure Awareness

6 6 Be Present Psychological Flexibility Open Up Do What Matters Defusion Contact With the Present Moment Self-as-Context Committed Action Values Acceptance

7 Resistance: A State, Not a Trait  Interpersonal factors  Treatment Mismatch  Secondary gains  F.E.A.R.  F = Fusion  E = Excessive goals  A = Avoidance of discomfort  R = Remoteness from values 7

8 Overcoming Resistance  Therapeutic relationship: embody ACT  Informed consent  Open & curious discussion of pros and cons  Antidote to F.E.A.R. is to D.A.R.E.  D = Defusion  A = Acceptance of discomfort  R = Realistic goals  E = Embracing values 8

9 Enough of the slides... Let’s get experiential !!! 9

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