Stability and change in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Considering the implications of ACT and RFT

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APA Citation: 

Hayes, S. C. (2005). Stability and change in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Considering the implications of ACT and RFT. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 23(2), 131-151.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
Other Third-Wave Therapies: Conceptual
RFT: Conceptual
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
acceptance and commitment therapy; relational frame theory; functional contextualism; third wave behavior therapy; rational-emotive behavior therapy
Abstract: 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) are part of the new wave of treatments and analyses that seem to be emerging in cognitive behavior therapy. In this article, data in support of these new approaches are provided, and evidence that ACT works through different processes than traditional CBT are presented. The integrative proposals of Ciarrochi and Robb, and Ciarrochi, Robb, and Godsell are then considered. In the long run, whether such integrations are useful is an empirical matter, but concerns are raised about the effects of focusing on the content of beliefs, and the role of logical–empirical challenges to belief.

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