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Favorite Values Exercises to Use In Therapy

We’ve pulled together seven favorite values exercises that you can use with your clients. These are based on work with hundreds of clients and repeated use in workshops and other training events. Most of these exercises originated from others and what we have tried to do is take some of our favorite ACT values exercises and write some scripts for how they might be used in therapy. It is our sincere intention to give credit to the original sources here but if there is something in this handout that we have inadvertently not given proper credit to, please let us know so […]

Learning RFT

Learning RFT is the first book that relates the basics of Relational Frame Theory in an accessible way and is intended for practicing clinicians. This is sure to become a classic for people interested in delving more into the basic theory behind ACT.

Milk Milk Milk: Breaking down a defusion exercise

Dr. Akihiko Masuda and colleagues recently published a really interesting study where they broke down components of the ACT Milk Milk Milk exercise. In this exercise, the therapist may take a word that has a strong negative self-referential quality to the client (e.g., “fraud,” “ugly,” stupid,” “damaged”); the client then repeats the word over and over again for about 45 seconds. Most people find that the word eventually becomes series of meaningless sounds or vocalizations. In ACT, this is what’s known as a cognitive defusion exercise. The purpose of defusion exercises is to remove the literal function of private […]

ACT Made Simple

ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the core books that any new ACT therapist should get. Its a great place to start your learning of ACT. Very accessible and avoids much of the technical language that can be useful for more experienced ACT therapists, but which can get in the way of learning at first. Much recommended.

Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy is a great book for improving your skills as an ACT therapist. A master therapist and ACT trainer writes a personal book that is engaging and also incorporates technical material in a manner that is accessible and fun to read. One of the new core books for those interested in learning ACT.

The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early

The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years is one of the few resources for parents on how to apply mindfulness to how to parent. Its also unique in including a focus on how values can inform how you want to be as a parent.

Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness and Acceptance

Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the few books out there for people who want to bring the technology of mindfulness to their parenting.  A great resource.

Acceptance & Mindfulness Treatments for Children & Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide

Acceptance & Mindfulness Treatments for Children & Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide is the book for people who are interested in applying ACT to this age group.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression is a great book for people who are interested in how ACT can be applied with depression. Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson bring their many years of experience and wisdom to help people who are struggling with the “black dog” of depression.

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy is the most comprehensive description of using values in psychotherapy that I am aware of. If you are wanting to learn how values are used in ACT or might be used in other therapies, this really is the best source.