ACT in Schools Research

Teacher Distress and the Role of Experiential Avoidance. 
     Hinds E, Jones LB, Gau JM, Forrester KK, Biglan A.

The Value of Workshops on Psychologicial Flexibility for Early Childhood Special Education Staff
    Biglan, A; Layton, G; Jones, LB; Hankins, M; Rusby, J

Questions for Mental Health Professionals/ ACT Practitioners

Hey fellow ACT practitioners!

I wanted to ask a question that’s been on my mind lately. I know I’m taking a risk to put my personal stuff out there, and I guess I’m looking for some support and community from people who have chosen to be ACT therapists. I’m assuming that we may have some things in common!

Mindful Healthcare Questionnaire

Dear Reader,



Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions?

How can we understand delusional beliefs in behavioural terms?

A recent paper published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science by Corinna Stewart, Ian Stewart and Sean Hughes presents a “call to action” for taking a natural science approach to discerning persecutory delusions, by outlining the directions that contemporary contextual research on language and cognition provide... [READ MORE]

Regaining Balance: Mindfulness Skills for Parents in Transition

Ruth Jaeger, LCSW and Liz Salin, MFT are very excited to announce the start of a 6 week class in San Rafael, CA for parents who are experiencing a separation or divorce. The class will focus on teaching participants to use mindfulness meditation skills to regulate the inevitable stress and dysregulation of this transitional phase. Our program is inspired by Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes which have demonstrated that these skills can be learned in a short term format.

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Our Values Lie Behind the Fight or Flight Response

How can people who are counselors work through our own fears and insecurities? In my latest post for the American Counseling Association, I open up and share my struggles as a new counselor. I'm dealing with a big transition from being a student to becoming a counselor. This is terrifying at times because I have this thought "but what if I fail? What if I'm not good enough?" I describe my own process of working through my insecurities as I take on my new role as a professional.

ACT Effectiveness

In an effort to obtain approval from insurance companies for an ACT focused Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Group, we are exploring the statistics of is effectiveness of ACT with anxiety. 

Parent/Child Interaction - Disabilities & ACT Model

Hi folks

ACT and grief.

I have recently and unfortunately on a personal level experienced the effectiveness of ACT on anticipitory grief. I won't go into detail but let me just say that being an ACT therapist served me very well. As life unfolds we aren't always prepared to deal with unexpected negative circumstances. ACT gave me a foundation to anchor my emotions during this painful time. I wanted to avoid and stop the negative feelings but fortunately my ACT training directed me to acceptance and ultimately commitment to my values. The anxiety reduction was amazing.

Importance of Value Based Living

As I am currently in between my academic studies and getting ready for internship, I have began writing articles for a website under the domain Esteem Value. 

Here I am focusing on addressing common societal psychological dysfunction through ACT based approaches. I have especially been promoting the idea of value based living, as this is definitely my favorite part of the ACT model and I find my patients get most excited about the prospect of living a meaningful life through value based living.

Mindfulness practice – What’s the point and where are we going?

It is often said that human beings are motivated by self-interest. If this is true, then it explains why deep meditation and self-reflection comes so easily to us. But wait… it doesn’t.

Self-interest of this kind, that is, sustained self-awareness of our present moment experiences, is rather elusive and often difficult to do for long stretches. It might not seem so at first, but this is a powerful irony that accounts for a great deal of human suffering.

Is the functional analysis of behaviour important?

Is it important to understand behaviour in context?

Psychology has a myriad of models about understanding humans and their behaviour. For the person interested in finding ways to help people change, many of these models have a big gap: they don’t point to what you can actually do to influence behaviour. READ MORE

Newby to ACT with a challenging case

I'm very new to ACT. Ive been a GP (family physician) who by default does a lot of counselling for over 20 years in Australia and a daily mindfulness meditator for about 7 years. I discovered ACT when a patient insisted I read The Happiness Trap a few months ago and soon after did the first workshop with Russ Harris.

Example(s) of Safety Contract with ACT Language

Has anyone seen any exmaples of safety contracts written from an ACT and/or RFT perspective?


Greatly appreciate any response,


Tom Wellington

what is meant exactly by "context"

hello everybody, wherever i read about ACT or RFT, i always find the word "context" , they say we manipulate the context, and the self has three level ranging from content to process then to context, so what is exactly the definition of "context"? and  as i abstacted it may refer to the antecedent and consequence, is that true?

Contextual Behavior, Autism, and the Theory of Relativity


    Behavior research has developed a methodology for people suffering from severe autism to engage in a task by means of utilizing an antecedent, behavior, and a condition. However, how do we help these same people to see the context of the task?

As Dr. Peter Vermeulen, the author of "Autism as Context Blindness", stated:

"Understanding autism as context blindness is the cornerstone of an autism friendly approach." 

ACT and Medical Treatment

I'm a doctor, specialist in Psychiatry, I was the head of an open acute psychiatric ward for almost 18 years and now I' m working in my private practice. During all my career I'm helping people with medical treatment given with humanity, knowledge and common sense.

In the last period I'm studying ACT and I get the impression that the theory has a negative point of view about medical treatment given by "good hands".

I will be glad to receive opinions in this matter.

Dr. Zipris


$75 Million Prize from Google Life Sciences

  If anyone does research in contextual behavior research with respect to coronary heart disease, Google Life Science and the American Heart Association has the following prize in this research:

The deadline is 2/14/2016

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- do we know enough

Sharing the attached, interesting use of meta-analyses.

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looking for video clips on this site

I am a new member and was searching for research material on the listserv when I came across several short video clips of Dr. Hayes being interviewed about ACT in connection to specific difficulties such as : depression, anxiety, eating disorders etc. I watched one of the clips and wanted to see more, but now I cannot find them on the site! They are not the video clips listed under resources. Can anyone direct me to where these are at?

ACT and Self Compassion

I was surfing the internet and quite by chance came across Steven Hayes' article for the Huffington Post entitled "Is Self Compassion more important than Self Esteem"? It really got me thinking as it was quite some time since I had thought about compassion and a good deal longer since I had thought about Self Compassion. It inspired the latest post at entitled, you've guessed it, ACT and Self Compassion. If you have a minute I would love yo to come and visit.

Hi All

Still trying to create a link with, a regularly updated blog of ACT inspired poetry, commentary and other ACT goodies.

Here goes.

Greetings from the UK


ACT and the Value Driven Life

Hi All

This is the first time I have posted a blog here so I hope all goes well.  We already know that ACT loves metaphors, ACT loves images and ACT loves stories.  I believe that ACT also loves poetry.  I love ACT and I write poetry so it seems natural that I should incorporate the two.   

Do You Have a Dirty Mind?


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Free Online Course: The ACT Matrix 101 by Kevin Polk, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

I just added a free online training course for called The ACT Matrix 101.

There are currently 7 Videos from Beginning to Advanced topics, including Functional Contextualism (FC) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT).

No worries, all of the lessons are based on the simple Matrix diagram. 

In the future I will add videos about how to use Matrix worksheets.

Just click below to sign up for free...

Get Facebook Followers Fast

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Tinnitus is Music (Part Three)

As I shared in my last two columns, I used to suffer with tinnitus but not any longer. I still have it. Like I have baldness and other symptoms of being 57 years old. It is present like the clouds in the sky are present or the sound of traffic is present. The sound is still there. But I no longer suffer with it. Not even a little. The ringing is still there but I have not suffered with it since that morning eight years ago when I woke up to the lesson it was trying to teach me. I got it. I still get it. And it is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Tinnitus is Music (Part Two)

My dear brother Jim married Karen in June of 2005 in Denver, Colorado. In the months leading up to the wedding I was living in my own private hell. Few knew how much I suffered.

From nowhere it seemed, as I described in my previous column, my brain or my inner ear decided it would be a good idea to turn on a high-pitched siren, like a kid pulling a prank, and then walk away and let it ring for…let’s see…freaking ever.

Tinnitus is Music (Part One)

I can’t tell you what year it was. Maybe 1995 but it doesn’t really matter. I was in the first decade of my private practice, long enough to be established but short enough to still feel like a novice on occasion. “Sam” found me because he heard I was proficient in something called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. It isn’t that common for a client to ask a therapist about his therapeutic approach but in those days, if queried, that was my response.

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