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ACT acceptance and commitment therapy for behavior analysts metaphor journey

by Niklas Törneke, MD, author of Metaphor in Practice

The main questions for behavior analysis are which factors, in a given historical situation, influence what someone does, and how these factors can be changed in order to affect behavior. The relationship between a specific act and the context in which it occurs is the point of interest.

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By: Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Learning ACT and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Committed action is a step-by-step process of acting to create a life of integrity, true to one’s deepest wishes and longings. 

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Author: Lou Lasprugato, MFT

Nearly 14 years after the “third wave” (Hayes, 2004) landed on its shores, the field of psychotherapy is on the cusp of a new era.

Author: Michel Reyes, Phd

Clinicians often integrate multiple therapeutic models to enhance their capacity to assist their clients. However, integration can be problematic without a disciplined, evidence-based approach to decision making.

Mixing models also raises the concern of losing treatment efficacy by deviating from validated protocols, something weakly supported by evidence, but still worth considering (see Koerner, 2018 for important insights about this concept).

Through trauma and loss, people can lose their sense of meaning, lose their feeling of identity or place in the world, and develop ongoing depressive, anxiety, and relational problems.

Mindfulness is the first crucial step in being able to step back from your reactions and do something healthy when trauma issues get stirred up. It’s one step in moving away from trauma and back into your life, and it’s relevant to everyone, whether or not they are survivors of some particular trauma. 

Avoid Avoidance

ACT acceptance and commitment therapy online courses trainings

The ACT Matrix, developed by Kevin Polk, PhD, and others

The creators of ACT didn’t invent something new when they started working with the notion that words can be a problem. Buddhists arrived at the same conclusion over two thousand years ago. 

Essentially all meditation and mindfulness traditions have in some way or another embraced the practice of letting go of words or the results of words. 

If you haven’t seen it for yourself, you may be skeptical that real behavior change is possible in just one or two therapy sessions. After all, that’s not time enough to form a therapeutic relationship. But the reality is that evidence supports the value of brief interventions, including ACT.

Let’s take a look at some myths and facts about brief interventions.

Myth: The benefits of therapy build over time.

Author: Darin Witkovic, MA, PhD candidate at Palo Alto University

As socially stigmatized members of society, gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations are at risk for unique stressors associated with their identities. 

One such risk is the expectation of rejection, otherwise seen in literature as rejection sensitivity, which is theorized to stem from negative childhood experiences (including rejection itself). 

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