Applying ACT: Promoting Psychological Flexibility in High Schools

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. define functional impairment based on relational frame theory
  2. identify the core processes of the ACT model to address functional impairment,
  3. describe a protocol for applying ACT within a multi-tiered system of support


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically established psychological intervention that combines six clinical core processes together with behavior change strategies to promote a model of psychological health or flexibility. The purpose of this mini-skills workshop is to introduce relational frame theory, the theoretical basis for ACT, along with the six core processes of ACT. The session will close with a case presentation on the implementation of ACT in a high school setting.



Barry L. McCurdy, PhD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lyndsie A. Erdy, Devereux Center for Effective Schools
Imad Zaheer, St. John's University


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