ACT for aspergers syndrome

Hi all


This is my first post!  Does anyone know of any research/books that use ACT when seeing clients with diagnosis of Aspergers?. I work in Primary care and we are receiving a lot of referrals to treat anxiety and depression within this population.

Any help much appreciated.





Looking At The Moon

“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”
       ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why don’t therapists use exposure? And how psychological flexibility can help.

Exposure is one of the most important and effective components in cognitive behavioural therapies for anxiety disorders, supported by decades of research. And yet it is under-used in clinical practice. Why?

Well, it isn’t just that many therapists use approaches that are not evidence-based. It seems that even those therapists who have been trained, end up not using exposure routinely. It is likely that exposure is the first empirically supported method that therapists stop doing soon after their training.

Guidance please on studies

Hi all

by proxy symptom reduction

Just wondering if anyone knows off hand act outcome studies that have shown a reduction in symptoms even thought this was not the aim of the intervention per se. I am writing an evaluation of WRAP groups and want to discuss the link between its "recovery" ethos and that of act . Any  sign posting in the right direction would be much appriciated . 

5 Barriers to Change

The idea of change in the standard model of health is fairly simplistic. You take a dysfunctional behaviour and replace it with a functional one. Or worse, you take a dysfunctional thought and replace it with a functional, adaptive one. This approach works well if you are fixing cars or washing machines, but with a human being it is bound to fail. And guess who is left feeling a failure each time.

PR Power

How is it that people end up doing things that they know are bad for them? Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, people know that drinking too much will lead to problems. Over eating will definitely lead to being overweight and all the problems that come with that. Overspending at the shops will cause money problems later on. Yet the reality is that most people behave like this- its normal! More...

Hope this is useful


3x3x3 Technique

One of the features of Autopilot is that it has a focus on the short-term. And usually the worse a person feels then the more Autopilot wants a really simple solution that is going to work in the very immediate future. Quite likely this is a feature of evolution in that it was going to be way more important to think about running away from a predator, or other threat, than to think about the longer term. In my opinion our fight/flight system is beautifully efficient when you look at it in detail. More...

Introducing: ACTivate ACT with Radiant Thinking

How does radiant thinking, often called Mind Mapping© (Buzon, T., 1970), apply to the ACT model and RFT? When working with the natural way the mind likes to operate, which is non-linear, radiant thinking allows for the expansion of the creative process. The goal is to let the mind get outside the box of fear. The simple process of drawing a Mind Map is expanding as a stand-alone endeavor. That being said, you can see the map continues to grow bigger and bigger with each new word and each new line that is drawn on the paper.

The V Word

As you may know I tend not to use the V word to do values work, as it can lead people towards stories about values. Thus we can hear ideas like ‘I have a values conflict’, or ‘I have no values’. Instead I use the term ‘directions’ as it speaks to a felt sense in the moment that describes the type of energy the person is experiencing whilst they are in motion. In the Matrix language we describe these two forms of energy sensations as towards or away. More...

ACT being used in a short-term inpatient psychiatric facility???

I need assistance from anyone who may direct me on this:

I am doing research project for my Masters in Social Work. I am an Intern at a short-term psychiatric facility. In my research I am unable to find any articles on the use of ACT in a short-term psychiatric facility (stand alone) - length of stay 6-9 days. Topic: Women with Depression.  Can anyone help and direct me to something that might work or comparable? This is my first blog ever so I don't even know if blogs are used for posting questions or asking for help, but I thought I would try!

The Unlearning Zone

Everyone has heard about the Comfort Zone and the Learning Zone, but the reality of change is different. In the normal model of change you learn to do new things that will make life better. If only it was so easy. All you have to do is switch a behaviour that does not work with one that does. Not!


First Spanish Book on ACT applied to Education



"Accion tutorial y orientación: Aceptación, compromiso, valores". The English title might be something like: "Teaching and Advising at Secondary School: Acceptance, Commitment, Values".

I have just received the book from the Publishing house. My new book, the "last" one.

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Coping: neither good, nor bad, but "it depends"

Coping is a concept we often use in chronic pain management.
Our aim as clinicians is to help people with chronic pain cope with their pain so they can do more of what is important to them.

What’s Right is Wrong and What’s Wrong is Right

What’s Right is Wrong and What’s Wrong is Right

Clients who come to therapy, or ask for help, will believe that there is something wrong with them. They will attend sessions in order for an expert to help them get rid of the problem. For many this sense of something being wrong with them will have started way back in childhood. It is the product of an environment that did not respond appropriately to their needs. Some experiences may be much worse such as abuse, neglect and over-control.

Shifting Sands Metaphor

Shifting Sands Metaphor
The purpose of ACT is not to fix symptoms, rather to develop a life life of meaning that is worth living. For the therapist this is a dramatic change of orientation towards the client. If we are not fixing things then what are we doing? What is our direction in sessions? More...

Hope this helps

Happy Xmas


ACT Fundamentals

Between the first part of the reference book 'Experiential Approach to Change' and the second part there is a gap, if you have not received a Behavioral Training. I call this area the ACT Fundamentals, without which it is much harder to unlock the power of the Hexaflex.

Engaging Your Anger, Reducing Stress and Helping Your Relationship Thrive During the Holidays

Does Anger Get a Bad Rap?

Few emotions have as much negative connotation as anger. It's often described as a sin, a character flaw or a destructive force. In my work with anger management in Austin, Tx, I have many clients who are seeking escape from it, or are being told they shouldn't feel it--or at least shouldn't express it.

Excerpt from book on 'Aid for ACT with Christian Clients

Christian Worldview

DISCLAIMER: This is not an evangelical document. It is only for information on motivations for values that Christians are likely to have. 
You do not have to read the Bible to benefit from this understanding of the Christian worldview as relevant verses and teachings will be clearly marked throughout this book.

This is merely an aid for therapists who have Christian clients in the hope of helping to expedite the therapy process.


Blog: Parenting from the Heart

I blog fortnightly about parenting on my own website.  My blog posts draw upon my experiences as a parenting researcher, my clinical experience as a clinical and developmental psychologist and my experiences as a mum.  Many of my parenting posts draw directly from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  I as a resaercher as a clinician I am passionate about re-connecting parents with their parenting values and promoting flexible parenting.  As a mum, I aim to relish the joy of parenting, to love my child (and future children) with an unrelenting passion and to be the best mu


Every day the same routine: A very early start only to find the everyday sullen colleagues in the rickety van towards the site where they will get the pile of advertisements which everyone in their corner would have to deliver to the hurried pedestrians who would pass by pretending not seeing him in order to avoid the inconvenience of having their hands hindered with the annoying handouts until they reach the nearest dustbin.

Cloudy with a Chance of Joy

A TED Talk which emphasises Contact with the Present.

Inaugural Rocky Mountain ACBS Conference coming soon!

Whether you went to Sydney or not, the inaugural Rocky Mountain ACBS Conference is shaping up to be the place to be this fall.   The excitement is growing as the presenters have been finalized and the 2 day schedule is packed with international and national speakers not to mention a host of local talent.  Keynote speakers Micheal Twohig and Joanne Steinwachs will also be providing workshops on OCD and RFT respectively and Martin Brock will be presenting ACTing with compassion.  Experience the gamut from  experiential clinical workshops, theoretical issues, professio

Rocky Mountain Chapter ACBS Conference Sept 20 & 21

Third Millennium Goal: a science and love-based world

A better world can be builded based in Science and Love. This way, Health, Education and Work in a broad sense (labor, employment, job) are the main bricks, and the human being as a single and unique individual must be respected and protected, supported and listened. 

کتاب در دست ترجمه / پریچهر شریفی / آلمان

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis [Paperback]

Eric M.J. Morris (Editor), Louise C. Johns (Editor), Joseph E. Oliver (Editor)


Software in development for ACT, GTD®, and personal productivity

Norbauer Apps today announced that we are working on a suite of productivity software, one component of which employs ACT principles in concert with ideas from David Allen's GTD® system to help people get things done and live a more valued life. Feel free to check out the preceding link for more info, and I'll be sure to post an announcement here as soon when (and if) the software moves to a production release. We are currently in the very early R&D phase and would very much welcome input from the ACT community.



Mindset Blog

Free ACT 101 Video Course


I have posted a Free ACT 101 video course onto the web. You can click on individual, short videos (8 to 12 minutes), or watch all it at once.

Chapters include:

  • Psychological Flexibility (ACT) Model
  • ACT Poin of View (Functional Contextualism)
  • Learning Language (Relational Frame Theory)
  • The ACT Hexaflex
  • The ACT Matrix (ACT made simple)
  • Perspective Taking and the 3 Selves

Here is the link:

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