Title

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a unified model of behavior change.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Counseling Psychologist

Volume

40

Publication Date

10-10-2012

First Page

1

Last Page

7

DOI

10.1080/07448481.2013.843533

Abstract

The present article summarizes the assumptions, model, techniques, evidence, and diversity/social justice commitments of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT focused on six processes (acceptance, defusion, self, now, values, and action) that bear on a single overall target (psychological flexibility). The ACT model of behavior change has been shown to have positive outcomes across a broad range of applied problems and areas of growth. Process and outcome evidence suggest that the psychological flexibility model underlying ACT provides a unified model of behavior change and personal development that fits well with the core assumptions of counseling psychology.

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