ACT resources for professionals
Selected Publications and Presentations
Just click on a link below to download a full text .pdf copy
For Publications, handouts, and workshop slides related to workshops I give, there is an archive on my training page on contextualpsychology.org. You need to be a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science to download the files.
Click here to download an MP3 audio recording of a 15 minute awareness exercise (the file is about 5MB, which takes about 25 minutes to download on a 28.8kbps modem). The file isn't professional quality, but it is quite understandable. Feel free to burn the file to a CD, email the file to others, or pass on the recording in any way. The audio recording largely parallels the awareness exercise presented in the ACT book (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). A copy of the handout from the book that goes along with the audio can be found here. If you need any help with the file, feel free to email me.
Leaves on the stream meditation
This is a recording of a classic ACT exercise, the leaves on the stream meditation (download mp3 here). This exercise is recorded in a woman's voice and lasts about 13 minutes and has an extended beginning that focuses on becoming present to the moment and creating the visualization before beginning the exercise.
Other audio recordings - Additional audio recordings covering a variety of ACT processes on our portland psychotherapy.
Two files are available for downloading. The first file contains an ACT case conceptualization form that you can use in your practice, if you'd like. In my core competency trainings, I recommend people use this outline with at least two ACT clients when they are first learning ACT. I think it can be useful to help one get a beter idea of how to apply ACT to unique aspects of a particular client's life. The second file contains guidelines on how to fill out the form. The second form could largely be considered a summary of Chapter 3 of A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2004), Eds. Steven C. Hayes & Kirk Strosahl. Please reference that chapter instead for more detailed information. If you decide to use the form and have any feedback or modify the form in any way that you think is useful, I'd love to hear about it!
I have been using these ACT handouts for years with my clients. The handouts are in a Microsoft Word file and are essentially some of the ones that are in the original ACT book, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change (1999; paperback version 2003). There may be a few changes here and there, but any changes are not extensive. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to reproduce the ones from the book and it took me a while to turn these into an electronic format. So I am putting these up here as a service to the ACT community for those who already have the book, but don't have the time to turn the forms into an easily reproduceable format. As far as I understand the Fair Use Doctrine, if you are going to use them, you should buy the book they are adapted from. You can get that here or at pretty much any online bookstore.
I have created a list of resources for therapists wanting to learn ACT. It provides a bunch of ideas on how to learn ACT, including what books to read when, where to find workshops, and online resources.
Other ACT Training resources
The Association of Contextual Behavioral Science has an extensive list of resources for therapists trying to learn ACT and use it in their practice.
I have posted some additional resources to my website, LearningACT, that I hope will be helpful.
Additional audio recordings of meditations and exercises are available at Portland Psychotherapy under resources.