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ACT Values Worksheet

Identification of our values and acting in ways consistent with them are fundamental tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Values are different from goals in so far as values cannot be ‘achieved’, but instead provide a direction for our lives in a manner similar to a compass. ACT argues that true fulfilment comes from a life lived in alignment with our values. This Values worksheet provides 2 different models for clients to start thinking about their values and examine how well they are living their life in accordance with them.

Work around values is being used increasingly across multiple domains of psychology. Identification of values (and acting in ways consistent with our values) are core aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which argues that true fulfilment comes from a life lived in accordance with one’s values. Similarly, newer variants of behavioral activation recommend that identification of values is helpful prior to activity scheduling (meaningful activity is values-driven). This information sheet explores the key domains of Values: Family, relationships, parenting, friendships, employment, education, recreation, spirituality, community, and physical well-being.

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training
  • Wilson, K. G., & Murrell, A. R. (2004). Values work in acceptance and commitment therapy. Mindfulness and acceptance: Expanding the cognitive–behavioral tradition. New York: Guilford, 120-151.
  • Wilson, K. G., Sandoz, E. K., Kitchens, J., & Roberts, M. (2010). The Valued Living Questionnaire: Defining and measuring valued action within a behavioral framework. The Psychological Record, 60(2), 249.

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