This paper describes the initial phase of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The paper begins with a review of ACT’s theoretical orientation. Basic empirical support for ACT and its model is covered. A case description follows that highlights the initial phases of ACT. The paper concludes with practical recommendations for starting therapy using ACT.
Clinical impact statement:
Question: The goal of this paper is to present the manner in which ACT is initiated. Findings: There are specific theoretical elements of ACT that suggest certain approaches be taken at the beginning of therapy. Meaning: Before starting ACT with a new client, therapists should be familiar with the theoretical orientation of the therapy and the techniques needed to imitate it. Next Steps: Research on how to train these skills appears needed.
Twohig, Michael P.; Ong, Clarissa W.; Krafft, Jennifer; Barney, Jennifer L.; and Levin, Michael E., "Starting Off on the Right Foot in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (2019). Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 1766.