Contextual Behavioral Exposure: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Exposure

Contextual Behavioral Exposure: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Exposure

For the past year, I’ve been interested in how to use exposure in the context of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Even after a year, I feel I’m only ever so slowly developing my understanding.

At Portland Psychotherapy, we have a weekly lab meeting where we discuss ongoing research projects and brainstorm new ones. Every so often, one of us gives a presentation to about something we’ve been working or reflecting on. Not long ago, I presented some guidelines for using exposure from both an ACT perspective and, more broadly, a contextual behavioral science perspective. The presentation was an attempt to offer practical suggestions for guiding exposure treatment in ACT. At the encouragement of our clinic director, I created a screencast of it.

Some Caveats About the Screencast

 

My presentation is a work in progress. It presumes a basic familiarity with ACT and exposure. I shied away from getting bogged down in research citations and focused on suggestions and decision points. I don’t consider it definitive or even fully fleshed out; rather, it’s a snapshot of my thoughts at the moment, a work in process.

Please keep these things in mind if you decide to watch it. It’s more of a sketch than a finished work. Hopefully, you may find something of value in it.

There are two parts:

Contextual Behavioral Exposure, Part 1

Contextual Behavioral Exposure, Part 2

Watch both of them via this playlist.

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