Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Books & Chapters
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- Valued Living Questionnaire (Version 2) | Wilson, Groom | 2002
Case Conceptualization / Case Formulation
- ACT case formulation sheet | David Gillanders
- Outline of ACT assessment / case formulation process
- ACT case formulation template adapted for clients with visible differences
- The brief case conceptualization worksheet
- Person-in-the-hole metahphor
- Passengers-on-the-bus metaphor
- Sailing boat metaphor from David Gillanders page of contextualscience.org
- A quick guide to ACT case conceptualization | Russ Harris | 2009
- Outline of ACT assessment / case formulation process | Jason Luoma
- ACT simple case formulation | Julian McNally
- Pre-empting your mind: practical tips for ACT therapists | Russ Harris
- ACT handouts | Russ Harris | 2007
- Acceptance and commitment therapy in the treatment of chronic pain | Dahl, Lundgren
- Session with IMPACT | Russ Harris (2014)
- Advanced ACT workshop | Russ Harris (2017)
- Mastering the metaphor | Colleen Ehrnstrom | 2011
Exercises, Worksheets & Workbooks
6 ACT conversations
| RMIT University | 2006
- 1. Language creates conflict
- 2. Action & experience versus thought & emotion
- 3. Acceptance, willingness and inclusion
- 4. Mindfulness & being present
- 5. Your values & direction
- 6. Committed action
- ACT for chronic pain | Lance McCracken | 2015
- ACT in the treatment of chronic pain | JoAnn Dahl & Thomas Lundgren
- ACT for diabetes self-management | Gregg, Hayes & Callaghan
- ACT for OCD | Michael Twohig | 2004
- Mindfulness and acceptance-based group therapy for social anxiety disorder: a treatment manual | Fleming, Kocovski | 2009
- Animation: Demons on the Boat metaphor – which outlines how an alternative, more accepting stance towards difficult thoughts, emotions or sensations can facilitate action towards values YouTube
- The Unwelcome Party Guest – An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Metaphor | Joe Oliver
- The Three Main Parts Of Your Brain | Russ Harris
- The Limbic Brain And Its Role In Trauma | Russ Harris
- The 3 Happiness Myths | Russ Harris
- The Stageshow Metaphor | Russ Harris
- The Values-Focused vs The Goals-Focused Life | Russ Harris
- The Struggle Switch | Russ Harris
Learning ACT: An Acceptance And Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual
| Luoma, Hayes, Walser | 2007
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: Developing Acceptance/Willingness
- Part 3: Undermining Cognitive Fusion
- Part 4: Getting In Contact With The Present Moment
- Part 5: Distinguishing Conceptualized Self From Self-As-Context
- Part 6: Defining Valued Directions
- Part 7: Building Patterns Of Committed Action
- Part 8: The ACT Therapeutic Stance
- Part 9: Bringing It All Together
- Worksheets from the Happiness Trap including Values, Defusion, and Experiential Avoidance exercises | Russ Harris | 2008
- Cullen, C. (2008). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A third-wave behaviour therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(6), 667
- Harris, R. (2006). Embracing your demons: An overview of acceptance and commitment therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12(4), 2-8
- 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
- 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
What Is Acceptance And Commitment Therapy?
Luoma, Hayes, and Walser (2007) describe some of the assumptions made by the ACT approach:
- Acceptance is the active and aware embrace of private events that are occasioned by our history, without unnecessary attempts to change their frequency or form, especially when doing so would cause psychological harm.
- Defusion is theprocess of creating non-literal contexts in which language can be seen as an active, ongoing, and relational process that is historical in nature and present in the current context.
- Self-as-context is a continuous and secure ‘I’ from which events are experienced, but which is also distinct from those events.
- Contact with the present moment is an ongoing, nonjudgmental contact with psychological and environmental events as they occur.
- Values are verbally constructed, global, desired, and chosen life directions.Values are what truly matter to us and are distinct from goals in that they cannot be ‘achieved’ butrather ‘moved toward or away from.’
- Committed action is the step-by-step process of acting to create a whole life, one of integrity, which is true to one’s deepest wishes and longings.
- Hayes, S. C., Luoma, J. B., Bond, F. W., Masuda, A., & Lillis, J. (2006). Acceptance and commitment therapy: Model, processes and outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44(1), 1–25.
- Luoma, J. B., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2007). Learning ACT: An acceptance & commitment therapy skills-training manual for therapists. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.