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Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Clarifying our values is critical if we are to chart a course for a meaningful and satisfying life. This presentation is part of a graduate course taught at NYU.

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Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  1. 1. Values J. Ryan Fuller, Ph.D. New York Behavioral Health New York, NY
  2. 2. Valued Maxim “Outcome is the process through which process becomes the outcome.”
  3. 3. Values Defined Can’t be achieved Guide behavior
  4. 4. Life Domains (1) 1) Intimate Relations 2) Family Relations 3) Social Relations 4) Vocational/Avocational
  5. 5. Life Domains (2) 5) Growth & Mastery 6) Recreation & Leisure 7) Spirituality 8) Citizenship 9) Physical Health
  6. 6. Values vs. Goals Values can never be absolutely achieved Rather they provide direction Goals can be achieved, ie, completed- like an outcome Goals are the means to an unreachable end (value)
  7. 7. Values Clarification (1) Select a life domain Follow up with questions
  8. 8. Values Clarification (2) I value this because somebody else wants me to or thinks I ought to, or because someone else will like it if I do. I probably wouldn’t say I value this if I didn’t get some kind of praise or approval for it. -Personal Values Questionnaire
  9. 9. Values Clarification (3) I value this because I would feel ashamed, guilty, or anxious if I didn’t. -Personal Values Questionnaire
  10. 10. Values Clarification (4) I value this because I view it as important, whether or not others agree. Although this value may have been taught to me by others, now it is my own heartfelt value. -Personal Values Questionnaire
  11. 11. Values Clarification (5) I value this because doing these things makes my life better, more meaningful, and/or more vital. -Personal Values Questionnaire
  12. 12. Values Clarification (6) I value this because I experience fun and enjoyment when I am engaged in the value. -Personal Values Questionnaire
  13. 13. Values Clarification (7) In the last month, I have been this successful in living this value (in acting consistently with this value): -Personal Values Questionnaire
  14. 14. Values Clarification (8) I am this committed to living this value (to acting consistently with this value): -Personal Values Questionnaire
  15. 15. Values Clarification (9) How important is this value to you? -Personal Values Questionnaire
  16. 16. Values Clarification (10) Right now, would you like to improve your progress on this value? -Personal Values Questionnaire
  17. 17. Values Card Sort

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