Authors: John Farhall, Frances Shawyer and Neil Thomas, VIC.
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, Planning & implementing MH care
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as “ACT” is a relatively new therapy, with its major text being published in 1999 (Hayes Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). Over the decade since then it has grown rapidly in popularity and been applied to a wide range of disorders. A small number of research studies have applied it to consumers who have serious mental illnesses such as psychosis and borderline personality disorder. This paper outlines the therapy, considers the current status of evidence for its application to working with people who have persisting psychotic symptoms, and describes a randomised controlled trial currently underway.