News Video of an ACT client in treatment for hoarding

Here’s a cool video on a client being treated for compulsive hoarding using ACT . The therapist in the video is D.J. Moran, a well-known ACT therapist and author of this book. There hasn’t been a lot of press for ACT yet, so this is neat. The client does say something that she clearly learned in ACT in the video.

It’s great to have depictions of people in treatment that are hopeful and compassionate. Thanks to Fox News Chicago for airing this story.

(tip to DJ)

How does author order affect credit in scientific papers?

Brain in a Vat has written about a new study that examined how an author’s place in a list of authors on a peer reviewed paper affected perceptions of the relative merit. Here’s one conclusion based on the article: As expected, survey respondents rated first authors the highest in terms of work performed while rating last authors the highest in terms of initial conception and supervision. However, increasing the number of authors from three to five decreased the perceived contributions of the first and middle authors while having no significant effect on the […]

Images for use with Clients

Joseph Ciarrochi and David Mercer have created a series of wonderful drawings that relate to a variety of ACT metaphors and stories. You can find them for download here. Please credit them if you use them in your work.

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Where can I find out about ACT workshops?

There are a number of resources that I am aware of regarding ACT workshops.

The number one place to look for trainings is on the homepage . That’s the home of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science , the home of ACT. Many new events are being listed there all the time.

Workshops that I am doing in the Northwest USA area (usually Portland, OR) are listed on my my personal webpage at

Online trainings that will be offered through are available in the events section.

I have created a list of resources for therapists wanting to learn ACT. It […]

Case Conceptualization Form

Here’s a copy of the Case Conceptualization Form from Learning ACT (2nd Edition). Feel free to use it along with the book so that you don’t have to have an ugly, photocopied version from the book (with the smudges and coffee stains from when you spilled your coffee on it…I hate it when that happens!).

Download ACT Case Conceptualization Form

Core Competency Self-Rating Form

Click here to download a copy of the core competency self rating form for your own use.

You can use the ACT Core Competency Self-Rating Form to help you in your learning of ACT. The self-assessment describes the primary behaviors that a therapist would be engaging in if they were consistent with the ACT model. I’d recommend you rate yourself on this form periodically and then consider the following questions in relation to your self-ratings (these are suggestions, you could always add others). Engaging in this process can help you in determining what areas to focus on next in […]

I have a question about the book. How do I ask it?

Feel free to ask me (Jason Luoma) a question using the form below. I respond to all questions I am asked and am happy to help you find your way to trainings and resources if you are new to ACT.



What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, said as one word, not the letters) is a new cognitive-behavior therapy that has gained increasing attention in recent years. ACT emphasizes such processes as mindfulness, acceptance, and values in helping clients overcome obstacles in their lives. A basic assumption of ACT is that suffering is a normal and unavoidable part of human experience and that it is actually people’s attempts to control or avoid their own painful experiences that leads to much long-term suffering and what doesn’t work in people’s lives. ACT helps people learn ways to let go of the struggle with pain, […]

Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain outlines an ACT based approach to chronic pain.