ACT Webinars Season 5: Session 10

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with Amie Zarling, PhD

Researchers, practitioners, and the criminal justice system in the state of Iowa have developed a new intervention program for domestic violence offenders based on ACT (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). Called Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV; pronounced “active”), this program was created specifically for the treatment of domestic violence for use in the correctional setting as part of criminal justice programming. Preliminary evidence indicates ACTV is effective at reducing domestic violence recidivism for men who complete the program (Zarling, Bannon, & Berta, 2017).

In this episode, you will learn about the ACT perspective on domestic violence and how this perspective is different from traditional intervention programs. You will learn about the unique issues presented by justice-involved clients, as well as how to integrate this ACT-based program into existing correctional programming.

Learning Objectives

  1. Conceptualize domestic violence through an ACT lens.
  2. Compare ACTV to traditional models of domestic violence treatment.
  3. Describe the process of working with justice-involved clients from an ACT perspective (e.g., how to address accountability).
  4. Demonstrate the use of ACT-based programming with Core Correctional Practices and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles.