ACT and RFT Community

Values as a function of the ACT and RFT Community

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

What we are seeking is the development of a coherent and progressive contextual behavioral science that is more adequate to the challenges of the human condition.

We are developing a community of scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners who will work in a collegial, open, self-critical, non-discriminatory, and mutually supportive way that is effective in producing valued outcomes for others that emphasizes open and low cost methods of connecting with this work so as to keep the focus there. We are seeking the development of useful basic principles, workable applied theories linked to these principles, effective applied technologies based on these theories, and successful means of training and disseminating these developments, guided by the best available scientific evidence; and we embrace a view of science that values a dynamic, ongoing interaction between its basic and applied elements, and between practical application and empirical knowledge.

If that is what you want too, welcome aboard.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third wave therapy that combines approaches from different traditions in the service of improving psychological flexibility.  ACT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness process, and commitment and behavior change processes, to product psychological flexibility.There are over 60 randomized trials on ACT, and it is recognized by SAMHSA and the clinical division of APA as evidence-based (with a good empirical base in such areas as depression, anxiety, OCD, chronic pain, coping with psychosis, and workplace stress, and substance use, among others). ACT is an open and non-proprietary system that can be readily combined with behavioral methods, CBS, humanistic approaches, and dynamic approaches.

Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a bottom-up theory of language that aims to understand and influence human cognition.