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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills and 12-Steps
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
Executive Director, AllCEUs

Objectives
– The Goal of ACT
– What is Mindfulness?
– How Does ACT Differ from Other Mindfulness-based Approaches?
– What is Unique to Act?
– Destructive Normality
– Experiential Avoidance
– Therapeutic Interventions
– Confronting the Agenda
– Control is the Problem, Not the Solution
– Six Core Principles of ACT

ACT Acronym
– Accept your reactions and be present
– Choose a valued direction
– Take action

Overview
– ACT is based on relational frame theory (RFT)
– a psychological theory of human language.
– developed largely through the efforts of Steven C. Hayes of University of Nevada, Reno and Dermot Barnes-Holmes of National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Overview
– Relational frame theory argues that the building block of thought is the ability to create links between things and create schema that help people anticipate the future.
– Stoplights
– Lightning and Heat Lightning
– Pain
– Distress
– Addictive behaviors
– Certain behaviors in other people
Overview
– Contextualists understand the complexity and richness of a whole event and subsequent emotional and behavioral reactions through appreciation of the uniqueness of its participants and features of each situation.
– Large movements
– Substance use
– Functional contextualism emphasizes:
– We learn how to describe and anticipate through experiences
– We must focus on changeable variables in the context to create general rules to predict and influence psychological events such as thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
The Goal of ACT

– The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.
– Who is important?
– What is important to me? (Values, things, experiences)
– How can I move toward those goals?
– “ACT” is a good abbreviation, because this therapy is about acting based on our deepest values and in which we are fully present and engaged.

Summary
– The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it
– Being aware and present in the moment
– Destructive Normality the psychological processes of a normal human mind are often destructive, and create psychological suffering. “This is depressing. I am helpless”
– Actions designed to avoid the experience in the present
– Therapeutic Interventions focus around two main processes:
– Developing acceptance of unwanted private experiences which are out of personal control.
– Commitment and action toward living a valued life.
– Confronting the Agenda (to eliminate distress)
– Explore sources of distress
– Explore prior attempts at removing distress
– Explore effectiveness
– In the short and long term
– Specific to the problem and other areas of life
– Six Core Principles of ACT
– Diffusion– Separate self from feelings/experience
– Acceptance—Accept what is
– Contact with the present moment– Mindfulness
– The Observing Self– Fly on the wall
– Values Identification
– Committed Action

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