ACT in Group Format
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The ACT materials and issues in this book have been discussed both in the context of individual therapy and group interventions, but no specific focus has been given to the special considerations that arise when ACT is delivered in a group format. There are many reasons to believe that delivering ACT in a group format may actually enhance its effectiveness in certain ways and there is a developing clinical literature to support this assumption. Nevertheless, adapting ACT for group work requires attention to a variety of issues. For several years, the authors have been involved in the development and application of ACT groups with a variety of clinical complaints and patient populations. The goals of this chapter are to:
Summarize past and current efforts focused on adapting ACT to groups
Identify advantages of delivering ACT in a group format
Highlight issues to consider prior to starting an ACT group
Discuss ACT-specific processes within the group format
Address the issue of obtaining informed consent, and finally
Describe how each of the core areas of ACT is adapted for group work.
KeywordsGroup Format Group Setting Individual Therapy Tuning Fork Experiential Avoidance
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