Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACBS LogoOne of the great things about ACT is the community's commitment to disseminating their ideas without nickel-and-diming people who want to learn. To that end, the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science has a fantastic range of resources for those wishing to learn & practice ACT. You do have to be a member of the association to access the materials, but they have an honour system for membership and you can join for as little as $10 in order to 'test the waters'. The materials range from helpful metaphors, worksheets, protocols, measures, and treatment manuals. There is a thriving community and you are welcome to submit your own materials.

PsychologyTools Logo worksheets for ACT

External resources

ACT Demons on the boatAnimation: Demons on the Boat metaphor - which outlines how an alternative, more accepting stance towards difficult thoughts, emotions or sensations can facilitate action towards values View at


ACT Unwanted GuestAnimation: Unwelcome Party Guest metaphor - similar to the Demons on the Boat metaphor, but highlights the cost (in terms of lack valued action) of avoidance of negative or unwanted emotions View at


Organising metaphors in ACT

ACT handouts


Articles on ACT

  • Cullen, C. (2008). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A third-wave behaviour therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(6), 667
  • Harris, R. (2006). Embracing your demons: An overview of acceptance and commitment therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12(4), 2-8
  • Hayes, S. C., Pistorello, J., & Levin, M. E. (2012). Acceptance and commitment therapy as a unified model of behavior change. The Counseling Psychologist40(7), 976-1002
  • Larmar, S., Wiatrowski, S., & Lewis-Driver, S. (2014). Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: An Overview of Techniques and Applications. Journal of Service Science and Management7(3), 216