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.
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
- 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 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 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 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 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 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.