November 15, 2009

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

When this semester started, I was looking at some of the bulletin boards at school and out of everything that was there, my interest was piqued by a regular sized, yellow sheet offering some training. I'd heard about the type of therapy before, but thought it sounded kind of silly. I kept seeing that page, and the more I saw it, the more curious I got. I didn't take the training, but since then, I've been on a journey to learn more about the therapy, and so here I am.

The therapy, obviously, is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT (pronounced as the word, not saying the letters out loud), and it actually has a lot more backing than I originally thought. My wife bought me the first book, which was A CBT-Practitioner's Guide to ACT: How to Bridge the Gap Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which was a good introduction, as I'm familiar with CBT.

Lately, I've been reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change, which really gets into the theoretical backing, as well as the application. I can definitely see integrating this into my work, if not having this lead my practice.

So yeah, while I missed out on the training, I'm looking for the next time the training comes around, or where I have to go to take it. In the meantime, I'm integrating some of my book learning with my work with clients.

So, does anyone have any experience with, or even impression of ACT? I'd love to hear your stories, if you do...


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