- For the maintenance sessions, assess the client’s needs and address them.
- Add exposures into treatment at this time if you haven’t done that already.
- Start gradually fading out of treatment to allow the client to take ownership of the structure and the maintenance of their progress.
- Attend to common struggles that can occur for therapists new to ACT.
- Use tracking and note-taking systems to remind you of all the content covered with your patients.
- When your clients are not responding to treatment, add in other treatment options or consider higher levels of care.
Here are the take-home messages from this module.
As you near the end of treatment, you want to be thoughtful about how and when to end treatment. And your maintenance sessions are going to look a bit different than the rest of your sessions. You want to assess what your client’s needs are and address those either through review of concepts or further depth into the concepts. You can also add exposures into treatment at this time if you haven’t done that already.
You want to consider the forms of assessment you’ve used throughout treatment and see if the client has reached their treatment goals and discuss their perception of their progress with them.