What Are We Targeting in ACT?

When doing Acceptance & Commitment Therapy the "target" or "focus" of the therapy (for lack of better words), is often not the presenting issue itself but the relationship between the individual and the presenting issue and its aspects.

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Even More on Using the S-V Matrix

To follow up with yesterday's post regarding the S-V Matrix I wanted to point out that the traditional matrix and the S-V matrix can be used in junction with each other. While the S-V matrix does track some of the same content that the traditional matrix does, the overlap between them is not 100%. In other words, not all of the content that you would see on the left or right hand side of the traditional matrix would translate over perfectly to the S-V matrix.

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More on the Survival-Vital Matrix

The survival-vital version of the ACT Matrix has been working well with the clients I've introduced it to. I've received some good feedback, though each of these clients had been introduced to the regular ACT Matrix during our work prior to this so they were familiar. The thing that I have noticed is that the survival-vital matrix does feel different to both me and my clients while doing it, and it targets slightly different things at the same time as targeting a lot of the regular Matrix stuff in a new way; this is not just a new coat of paint.

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Is Toward & Away The Most Workable Language?

The ACT Matrix hinges on two discrimination tasks. That is to say the ability to notice the difference between two things. Using the Matrix trains these particular type of noticing abilities. The two noticing tasks are: noticing the difference between moving toward and moving away, and noticing the difference between internal experience and outer/external experience.

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Sense & Opportunity

The other day I was having a conversation with my partner about a video I saw over ten years ago in which a cockroach was secured into a wheeled mechanical rover, controlled by a small ball which rotated when the roach walked across it. Essentially the roach was in a kind of car a few feet off of the ground. In this video the roach piloted this craft about the halls where the experiment took place. 

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Using the ACT Matrix in behavioral health settings.

The ACT Matrix is an incredibly flexible approach to doing ACT, as well as a handy tool in and of itself if you view it simply as a diagram. This flexibility lends itself to being used in a variety of population settings. Anybody from intake specialists, case managers, clinical directors, and beyond can learn to adapt the matrix for their work environment. 

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