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(p. 19) Assessment 

(p. 19) Assessment
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(p. 19) Assessment
Author(s):

Michael P. Twohig

, Michael E. Levin

, and Clarissa W. Ong

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190629922.003.0002
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date: 19 October 2020

This chapter provides an overview of how to conduct a clinical assessment when doing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). It outlines the functional basis of ACT as a therapeutic model and its implication: ACT is focused on the effect or purpose of behaviors, rather than their form. The four main areas of assessment covered in this chapter are as follows: (1) how to determine the primary clinical concern; (2) how to determine the functional context maintaining the target behaviors (identified in area 1); (3) how to assess for contextual, historical, or cultural variables that play into the case presentation; and (4) how to set up an ongoing assessment program over the course of treatment.

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