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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mitchell Moore


Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is an emerging, contextual approach to psychotherapy derived from Relational Frame Theory. In the present paper, core concepts of ACT are briefly summarized. A total of twelve studies, all published within the last four years, are reviewed. These include meta-analyses on ACT for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as proposed mechanisms of action. Selected recent developments are also reviewed, including studies of ACT in the treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders, as well as ACT’s implications for caregiver and provider self-care. Potential directions for future research are examined, and Appendix A includes an outline of how ACT principles could be integrated into an aftercare program for clients with co-occurring disorders.

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