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Intro to Defusion Lecture, Part 1

A few months ago I gave an introductory lecture on the ACT concept of defusion to a group of professionals that are participating in an online learning community called Practice Ground, led by Kelly Koerner, a well-known trainer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Let me know if you have any feedback. I hope you enjoy them.

Below is the link to the audio of Part 1:

Defusion: Part 1 Audio

Here are the powerpoint slides that I used in the workshop so that you can follow along as you listen to the recording.

I’ll post Part 2 in a few days.

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Implicit Attitudes and Other Applications of Relational Frame Theory

Contacting Self as Context

Self as context is the concept that we are not the content of our experience — we are not our thoughts, our feelings, our experienced sensations, the things we see, or the images that pass through our heads. Through exercises and metaphors, we can contact a transcendant sense of self that is more like the context, perspective, or arena where life happens. In ACT, this self as context is contrasted with self as content, or the stories and thoughts that we have about ourselves, our identity, and our history.

In fusion with self as content, we lose the distinction between […]

ACT Interview with Kenneth Cole

Dr. Kenneth Cole, Director of Training in Psychology at the VA in Long Beach, gives a nice interview on ACT as part of a podcast.

He provides an overview of where ACT has come from in terms of its history. He also differentiates it in some ways from more traditional CBT. He also refers to the hexaflex , the slang term for the ACT hexagon model, and provides an overview of at least some of the model. He discusses a bit about ACT for anxiety disorders. It’s a really solid job in a brief amount of time and serves as […]

13 ACT-Related Rules of Sucess for Grad Students (And Everyone…)

Making Mindfulness Accessible – Lessons from the ACT Hexagon Model

An intriguing New York Times article inspires a look at ACT treatments for chronic pain

ACT Supervision: Developing Psychological Flexibility with Experiential Supervision

One aspect of supervision with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that is different from many of the other empirically-supported approaches is the emphasis on the trainee utilizing the same therapeutic processes with themselves that they are asking their clients to use. Thus, supervision typically includes an experiential element in which the supervisor serves as a guide or faciltator of the trainees experiential learning. The job of the supervisor during these times is to help the trainee utilize the processes of mindfulness, acceptance, and committed action in regards to their own “stuff” that shows up in their professional life, for […]