Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Twohig

Second Advisor

Dr. Eadric Bressel


This paper expounds upon a modern therapy which has emerged as an effective, albeit less conventional, mode for the treatment of people with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is a therapy based on the premise that an effective way of coping with unwanted cognitions, such as those present in OCD, is for one to focus on life ideals and values. This approach contrasts with the conventional method of remedying the symptoms of a mental disorder such as OCD before pursuing life goals. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has several dimensions which will be discussed.