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ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents

The ACT Hexaflex can be a helpful tool to use in applied behavior analysis particularly when working with parents.

Hexaflex

ACT, or acceptance and commitment therapy, uses what is known as the ACT Hexaflex.

The ACT Hexaflex includes the six main processes present in the ACT framework.

6 Core Processes of ACT

The six core therapeutic process in ACT which are represented in the ACT Hexaflex include:

  • Contacting the present moment
  • Defusion
  • Acceptance
  • Self-as-context
  • Values
  • Committed action

Meaning & Relevance to Parents

Contacting the Present Moment

Contacting the present moment refers to being psychologically connected with your current experiences. For parents this may mean that your mind is giving attention to what your child is doing and/or that you are observing your environment or your child’s behaviors. You are in tune with what is going on.

Defusion

Defusion refers to being able to step back or separate yourself from your thoughts and experiences. This can be helpful for parents particularly when parents get stressed. By stepping back from one’s thoughts, you are better able to evaluate the situation and make healthy and helpful decisions.

Acceptance

Acceptance refers to being open to one’s experiences while not trying to struggle or change things. You allow the thought or experience to just be, to just exist, rather than trying to get rid of it.

Self-as-Context

Self-as-context refers to being able to observe yourself, your thoughts, your beliefs, your behaviors, etc. Parents can use this idea to observe their past and their present to better help them make choices and act in ways that serve their goals.

Values

Values refers to the things that truly matter to you. Parents can clarify their values and behave in ways that are aligned with those values so they can live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Committed Action

Committed action refers to taking action and doing what is needed to be done to accomplish goals, particularly goals that are related to one’s values. Parents need to take committed action in order to make positive changes for themselves, their children, and their families.

Reference:

Harris, R. 2009. ACT Made Simple.

Related Reading:

Using ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) in ABA Parent Training

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents


Heather Gilmore, MSW, BCBA

Heather is a freelance writer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and social worker. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, as well as Autism, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services. You can view more articles and resources from Heather at www.abaparenttraining.com and email her at [email protected] You can also advertise your autism services at one of Heather's websites: www.LocalAutismServices.com. Heather is the developer of the "One-Year ABA Parent Training Curriculum."

 


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2020). ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2020/06/act-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-6-core-processes-and-their-relevance-for-parents/