Touching what you most yearn for in life carries with it a huge amount of risk. In hoping for something more, you must accept that you might not get it, that you might even lose it, or that you might actually be better off where you are now.
In behaviorist terms, this is precisely how aversive control works. It says that known suffering is less risky than the unknown.
In this free video lesson, Dr. Kelly G. Wilson will walk you through some of the classic signs of aversive control and discuss how you can disrupt clients’ patterns of fused storytelling to help them build their values.
This lesson is an excerpt from Exploring Values in ACT, an online course taught by Dr. Wilson, a co-founder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and expert in helping others build lives of profound meaning.
Inside the course, Dr. Wilson will guide you through an in-depth exploration of values from an evidence-based, ACT perspective and will unpack common roadblocks clinicians face. You’ll take part in experiential and written exercises to help you embody the work yourself and will see key principles demonstrated in teletherapy-style values conversations. You will also benefit from Dr. Wilson’s unique insight in detailed debriefs of these conversations.
After completing the material, you’ll have a deep understanding of values and how to make them a more central, natural, and integrated component of therapy so you can more deliberately bring about moments of life-altering change.