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(p. 133) Session 10: Values and Behavioral Commitments 

(p. 133) Session 10: Values and Behavioral Commitments
(p. 133) Session 10: Values and Behavioral Commitments

Michael P. Twohig

, Michael E. Levin

, and Clarissa W. Ong

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date: 21 September 2021

This chapter builds on previous chapters that covered acceptance, defusion, mindfulness, self-as-context, and values in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The emphasis in therapy now turns to using values as a foundation for behavior change and skill maintenance. It is possible that clients did not fully grasp the function of values in the previous session, so it is worth reviewing values again. The chapter also provides an outline for discussing how to structure values-consistent behavioral commitments. Some areas to cover in this discussion include emphasizing that any size step is great as long as it is a step in a valued direction, not basing the activity on distress level, and being present while engaging in the activity.

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