Living with Purpose: Exploring Values in ACT for OCD

Michelle-Woidneck2

Utah State University
Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health

Key Points

  1. In ACT, values and committed action are vital for personal growth, especially in OCD treatment, focusing on identifying and flexibly pursuing one’s values.
  2. Stacy’s avoidance behaviors likely conflict with her true values, and therapy aims to explore and clarify these values so that her actions align with them.
  3. Therapy exercises, such as values card sorting and envisioning future scenarios, are utilized to help Stacy articulate her values, facilitating a deeper understanding of what is truly important to her.
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Values and Committed Action in ACT

In acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), 'values' and 'committed action' are key components. The concept of values is represented on a continuum, with unclear or rigidly held values on one end and clear, flexibly pursued values on the other. The therapy's objective is to help individuals like Stacy identify and move toward their personal and relational values flexibly.

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