Journal of American College Health
Taylor & Francis
Objective: Considering increasing demands for mental health services at college counseling centers (CCCs), there is a need for cost-effective solutions that avoid depleting stressed CCC resources. This study examined if ACT Daily, a mobile application based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), could serve as an effective self-guided intervention.
Participants: 11 individuals on a CCC waitlist suffering from anxiety/depression participated in the study over 2 weeks.
Methods: This study implemented a pre-post, open trial design of ACT Daily. Assessments were completed at baseline and 2-week post assessment.
Results: Results indicated that ACT Daily was acceptable and that participants improved on depression and anxiety symptoms as well as psychological inflexibility processes over the 2 weeks. App data further indicated significant in-the-moment improvements on depression, anxiety and psychological inflexibility immediately following skill coaching, with these effects becoming larger over time.
Conclusions: Mobile apps like ACT Daily could serve as an effective, pre-therapy tool for depressed/anxious students.
Haeger, J., Davis, C.H. & Levin, M.E. (In Press). Utilizing ACT Daily as a Self-Guided App for Clients Waiting for Services at a College Counseling Center: A Pilot Study. Journal of American College Health.