ACT listings as an Evidence Based Treatment

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The April 2016 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder recommends ACT as a "first-line treatment for uncomplicated mild to moderate MDD", citing the research evidence for this recommendation as "strong"


The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) lists Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as "well suppoted by Research Evidence" and relevant to Children.


The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.

The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.

The NREPP list was closed down in early 2018.


Division 12 of the APA lists ACT as supported for chronic pain, depression, OCD, mixed anxiety disorders, and psychosis with research evidence varying from modest to strong ... but it appears that updates to the Division 12 process have slowed to a crawl after the 2015 proposal of new criteria