Commit and Act: What Process-Based Theory Means for ACT
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About the Event
For decades, evidence-based therapies have been tested in randomized controlled trials for specific psychiatric syndromes that were assumed to represent expressions of latent diseases. Although the best of these protocols were more effective as compared to psychological control conditions, placebo treatments, and even active pharmacotherapies, further advancement in efficacy and dissemination has been inhibited by a failure to focus on processes of change. The idea that mental and behavioral health problems can be classified syndromes that will reveal latent diseases is doomed to failure. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has long given more central attention given to processes of change and basic principles. In this talk I will explain why the dominant perspective on evidence-based psychological intervention will soon be process-based therapy and why this opens up a number of opportunities for the ACT community of researcher and providers. Taking advantage of this opportunity will require a new idionomic approach to process-based functional analysis that is well telegraphed by the recent ACBS Task Force Report on the Strategy and Tactics of Contextual Behavioral Science Research. Psychological processes of change can be organized into six dimensions: cognition, affect, attention, self, motivation and overt behavior, as well as sociocultural and biophysiological levels of analysis. Tailoring intervention to target the appropriate processes in a given individual would be a major advance in evidence-based care and ACT should be leading the charge toward that more personalized future.