Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Psychology

Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behaviour in the service of chosen values.

Based on Relational Frame Theory, ACT illuminates the ways that language entangles clients into futile attempts to wage war against their own inner lives. Through metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises clients learn how to make healthy contact with thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that have been feared and avoided. Clients gain the skills to recontextualise and accept these private events, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behaviour change.

Terms of Reference

  1. To enhance the professional identity of ACT practitioners;
  2. To foster, assist and encourage practitioners interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in their professional roles, and in their contributions to psychological knowledge and professional practice;
  3. To promote professional activities, practice, information sharing, research and discussion in ACT;
  4. To generate and maintain links with organisations that have a focus on ACT and related issues, within Australia and internationally;
  5. To provide a channel for communication with other professional groups;
  6. To promote the dissemination of accurate information about ACT theory and practice.