1st Edition

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts A Practice Guide from Theory to Treatment

    306 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a thorough discussion of acceptance and commitment therapy or training (ACT) and a guide for its use by behavior analysts. The book emphasizes how the intentional development of six core behavioral processes – values, committed action, acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, and present moment awareness – help establish the psychological flexibility needed to acquire and maintain adaptive behaviors that compete with maladaptive behavior patterns in verbally able clients.

    Split into three parts, the book discusses the history and controversy surrounding the rise of acceptance and commitment strategies in behavior analysis and shows how the processes underlying ACT are linked to foundational behavioral scientific principles as amplified by stimulus equivalence and relational learning principles such as those addressed by relational frame theory. In a careful step-by-step way, it describes the best practices for administering the acceptance and commitment procedures at the level of the individual client, organizational systems, and with families. Attention is also given to the ethical and scope-of-practice considerations for behavior analysts, along with recommendations for conducting on-going research on this new frontier for behavior analytic treatment across a myriad of populations and behaviors. Written by leading experts in the field, the book argues that practice must proceed from the basic tenants of behavior analysis, and that now is the opportune moment to bring ACT methods to behavior analysts to maximize the scope and depth of behavioral treatments for all people.

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts will be an essential read for students of behavior analysis and behavior therapy, as well as for individuals on graduate training programs that prepare behavior analysts and professionals that are likely to use ACT in their clinical practice and research.

    Part 1: History and Theory Underlying ACT

    1. Behavior Analysis and the Functional Approach to Intervention

    2. A Brief History of the Science Underlying ACT

    3. Psychological Flexibility and the ACT-Based Approach

    4. Models of Psychological Flexibility

    Part 2: Approaching Act Processes Functionally and Analytically

    5. Present Moment

    6. Acceptance

    7. Defusion

    8. Values

    9. Committed Action

    10. Self-as-Context

    Part 3: Promoting Psychological Flexibility with Clients and in our Field

    11. The ACT Assessment Process

    12. The ACT Treatment Process

    13. Research

    14. Ethical Decision-Making


    Mark R. Dixon is a clinical professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois Chicago, USA.

    Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at University of Nevada, USA.

    Jordan Belisle is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at Missouri State University, USA.