The Mindful Action Plan (MAP) aims to simplify Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles in order to assist practitioners with influencing complex behavioral change. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is founded in behavior analysis, modern functional contextualism, and relational frame theory research. The MAP creates a practical approach toward changing behavior in healthier directions, and has also been used as an Acceptance and Commitment Training tool in the domain of Organizational Behavior Management.
The primary goal for this event is to help clinicians understand the six core domains of ACT treatment and blend those important elements into their skills repertoire. Ultimately, this presentation aims to take the core principles of acceptance, defusion, contacting the present moment, self-as-context, values clarification, and committed action, and turn them into a combined holistic approach that helps a person be able to say, during challenging situations, “I am here now accepting the way I feel and noticing my thoughts while doing what I care about.” In addition, a new approach to mindfulness will be discussed and the term commitment will be redefined to make both more useful in therapy.
1. Discuss the six basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as they relate to mindfulness
2. Discuss the difference between mindfulness and mindful action
3. Acquire skills in defusing from language obstacles
4. Utilize contacting the present moment exercises and mindfulness practice in therapy
5. Develop a mindful action plan protocol with The MAP