- According to Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, ACT is an evidence-based psychological treatment.
- ACT will use other empirically supported treatments in order to assist clients in reducing suffering and improving quality of living.
- The ACT components can be used to supplement those other types of treatments.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is based on empirically supported principles aiming to improve psychological flexibility by leveraging the influence of mindfulness practice while using evidence-based applied behavioral science. In this module, we will look at that final clause of the definition, that ACT utilizes evidence-based applied behavioral science. As mentioned, we will use mindfulness exercises to increase psychological flexibility but we’re also going to use tried and true behavior change strategies as well.
An effective ACT therapist is integrative. We’ll use ACT applications to supplement other types of empirically supported treatments. We’ll integrate other types of treatment into our ACT treatment plan. Quite often, traditional behavior therapy interventions and applied behavior analysis will be used.