Avoidance Of Experiences That May Create Negative Internal Reactions

1507 Words Nov 10th, 2014 7 Pages
Avoidance of experiences that may create negative internal reactions is generalized to avoidance of many other activities, restricting the individual’s engagement in valued action and increasing distress. For these reasons, ABBT aims to help individuals modify their relationship with internal experiences, decrease experiential avoidance and increase engagement in valued action. To achieve these objectives, ABBT incorporates mindfulness strategies, cognitive behavioral interventions, ACT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). One aspect of ABBT protocol is psychoeducation regarding the acceptance-based model: teaching individuals how worry serves as a strategy for avoiding more distressing internal experiences and about the more general roles of emotions in order to alter individuals’ relationship with internal experiences (Hayes, Orsillo & Roemer, 2009). ABBT also teaches mindfulness and acceptance skills that foster compassion, nonjudgmental awareness of experiences and present-moment orientation to target experiential avoidance and engagement in valued action. In the final stage of treatment, focus is on increasing both awareness of values and involvement in valued action in order to solidify changes made throughout treatment and provide positive reinforcement for those changes. ABBT was developed quite recently; however, it has already accumulated strong empirical support as evidenced by its inclusion in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and…
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