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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a unified model of behavior change.
The Counseling Psychologist
  • Steven C. Hayes
  • Jacqueline Pistorello
  • Michael E. Levin, Utah State University
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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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Steven C. Hayes, Jacqueline Pistorello and Michael E. Levin. "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a unified model of behavior change." The Counseling Psychologist Vol. 40 (2012) p. 1 - 7
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