Aksept og forpliktelsesterapi og relational frame theory på norsk!

I denne bloggen vil jeg ha som mål å formidle aksept og forpliktelsesterapi (ACT) og relational frame theory (RFT) på norsk med hovedfokus på yrkesutøvere med en helse- og sosialfaglig utdanning. Jeg vil også legge ut mine (forsøk) på oversettelser av diverse instrumenter og skjema og vil veldig gjerne ha tilbakemeldinger på både innhold og oversettelser. Hvis noen har kompetanse til å teste validitet/reliabilitet på norsk mottas hjelpen med stor takk.

ACT metaphors vs Milton Erickson hypnotherapy

The more I think and work with ACT and metaphors the more I remember hypnotherapy (Milton Erickson style). I am not aware that this issue has ben adressed so far, but I am german and I do not have access to all things that have been published. Does anybody know ACT literature or articles that discuss this issue?

Stephan Hoyndorf, private practice, Stuttgart, Germany   

ACT and occupational health

Dear ACBS members,

I'm a psychologist from Sweden who recently started working in the occupational health field.

Is there any good resources regarding "burnout" or "exhaustion". I meet a lot of clients with heavy stress and I work with them mostly in individual therapy. Maybe there's someone else who is using the ACT-perspective in this kind of work? Maybe even in Sweden? I'm not looking for resources for ACT at Work (for the moment).

Thanks in advance.


Henric Hagelberg

Room mate wanted


I'm looking for a female who would like to share a room at the Marriott Bethesda North. I have the room from 7/21-7/25 and am a counselor/art therapist from Ohio. Please email me at if interested. Thanks!

Mindfulness and the Agony of de Feet

So in the past year I have taken up running in those Vibram 5-Finger funky toe-shoes. There is a long back story about that which I won’t get into here, but am happy to geek out about if you’re interested. The main problem with these shoes – besides never being able to be taken seriously whilst wearing them – is that when running on the trail there is no cushioning between the stony surface and my flesh and bone soles.

Marching Confidently into the Unknown

Many clients come in to therapy looking to get more self-confidence so that they will then be able to do things they would like to do – get out socially, be more assertive at work, go out on dates, etc. This position is quite reasonable in the sense that it will likely be much easier to do something if you feel that your chances of doing it well, correctly, perfectly, etc are very high, and your chances of messing things up completely and looking like a buffoon are low.

Web based ACT tools.

Contextual Psychology in Latin (Portuguese and Spanish languages)

Sou psicólogo clínico, trabalho no Porto (Portugal) em meio hospitalar (Hospital Pedro Hispano) e ainda sou professor de psicologia clínica na Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Braga) e pretendo criar grupo de trabalho com o fim de adaptar instrumentos à nossa população clínica, assim como criar debates e discussões em torno do modelo da psicologia contextual/funcional.

Finding Your True North for the New Year: Workshop Jan. 23, 6-8:30

This is a 2 1/2 hour workshop facilitated by Brenda Bomgardner that focuses on values clarification and committed action which are two components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT
• What is it that you truly value?
• Deep in your heart what really matters to you?
Living life is not always about feeling better, but about living better. Fortunately, when you live better you generally feel better.

ACT with survivors of torture and trauma of war

I am interested to find out more about ACT research being pursued with survivors of war and torture, soldiers as well as civilians.

If there are people with clinical experience of working with ACT for this special population I would like to come in contact with you.

Best regards,

Anna Grönberg

Stockholm, Sweden

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life Audiobook

Just downloaded the newly released "Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life" audiobook from Tantor Audiobook's website and I'm glad to have it as a companion to the workbook. I'm always excited when ACT related products come out that are made for laypeople / amatuer psychologists like me.

Inside the Male Mind: From Worrier to Warrior

Men's Health Magazine

by Paul John Scott

Posted date:  November 18, 2011


Avoiding your fears just gives them more power over you. Learn the five keys to facing them, and tap into a whole new kind of strength
By Paul John Scott, Photographs by Peter Hapak, Posted Date: November 18, 2011

Care with Labels (2) – 'Non' Talent Management?

And so it came to pass that one day, having been considered ‘talent’ for most of my life, and having spent most of my energy on defending this ludicrous position, I eventually became known as ‘non talent’. Anti talent? Whatever, I did not make the talent pool in my next consultancy job, and it hurt.

I only found out there was a talent pool when some whipper snapper – who I had recruited – blurted out that he was on it. And what effect, dear reader, did this label have on my performance? Needless to say, I did not handle it well:

Care with Labels – Lessons for Talent Management

This blog post is from Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

Be careful with labels. That’s what Julian McNally warns in his excellent blog post: “Labels, including diagnostic ones, are only useful to the extent they enable constructive action”.

Finding True North: How to Clarify Values (part 2)

In my previous post I talked about the need to explore values and look for patterns across a number of different tests. That's because I am sceptical that there is a single list of values which covers every context. The best we can do is think from different perspectives about what's really important to us.

Over the years I have taken countless values exercises and tests. Below are some of the best and I've interspersed my results to demonstrate the variability involved - and the risks of doing just one!

Finding True North: How to Clarify Values (part 1)

I wrote this blog post on Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

Rachel wrote previously about how to get clear about values and that post helps explain how values can be tangibly defined. But once you have a clear definition, what then?

I've had huge problems defining my own values in the past and I've tried many, many different ways of doing so. I can bore for Britain about values. So what have I found?

ACT in the Workplace

This blog is from Working with ACT, a blog I co-author with Rachel Collis.

So many leadership courses are based on the idea that to improve performance we must firstly sort our thinking out. So we focus on motivation, confidence, self-belief or ways of controlling or removing anxiety and stress. Sounds logical enough.


There are many great metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. But to the best of my knowledge this is the first Mo-taphor.

I'm growing a moustache as part of the Movember fundraiser for the battle against Prostate Cancer and Depression. Two great causes, and a great way to raise money. I grow a mo and look like a fool, and then people make a mo-nation in exchange for laughing at me and telling me how ridiculous I look. Feel free to laugh and donate here:

ACT the Matrix Free Conference Call 11.1.11

We discuss a Matrix group and a bit of Evolution Science.


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ACT: the Matrix Free Conference Call "Automatic Mindfulness"

Here is the recording of the 10.25.11 call titles "Automatic Mindfulness"

The Psychological Flexibility Training book is on Amazon

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Steve jobs Speech.

My new offsite blog

Committed Action

My blog in Spanish: Conductista en Perú (Behaviorist in Peru)

Some time, some day, I hope soon... I will translate it to English.

The "Bull's Eye" in German

To all german ACT therapist here is a translation of the Bull's Eye.

Ich bin für Verbesserungsvorschläge offen. Bitte an mich wenden.

Viele Grüße


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Laura Schenck, M.A.

I am a doctoral student of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College.

Please visit my blog, where I enjoy writing daily posts related to current topics in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Choice Theory.

Finding ACT metaphors

Hi all. I'm searching for two ACT metaphors, referred to in the protocol for treating clients with a comorbid developmental disability and psychotic disorder (written by Julieann Pankey, available on the ACBS webiste in protocols section). The first two metaphors referred to are Two Mountains and Dirty Glass. The text says to refer to the ACT handbook, but I can't find them in there, and I can't find them in the (fabulous) compendium of metaphors posted on this site by Colleen Ehrnstrom...Any advice greatly appreciated!

Uncertainty Training Therapy

Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, this explanation is a bit of a puzzle itself. But here’s how I make sense of it. A koan, once again, is an unanswerable puzzle. If we take it on, we begin banging our head against the wall of the unknown.

"Acceptance and Values in Addictions Treatment": ABCTV interview with Barbara Kohlenberg

Dr. Barbara Kohlenberg's ABCTV affiliate interview on "Acceptance and Values in Addictions Treatment" is now available at and the addiction recovery series at .

ACT for individuals with paranoia

I am interested in connecting with fellow ACT professionals who may have used ACT to support individuals who struggle with paranoia.



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