Date of Award

7-6-2015

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Ragnar Storaasli

First Committee Member

Thomas Barrett

Second Committee Member

Carolyn Zeiger

Keywords

Acceptance and commitment therapy, spirituality

Abstract

Spirituality and/or religion (S/R) continue to be an important topic in mental health treatment, especially regarding their relationship to a psychotherapist’s theoretical orientation and practice with clients. Given the increased relevance of spirituality to third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies, the current study explores the S/R of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) psychotherapists and how their S/R is associated to their attitudes and behaviors within mental health and their use of ACT. Online surveys were administered, producing a sample of 97 ACT psychotherapists in the United States. Results indicated low levels of religiosity and high levels of spirituality among ACT psychotherapists in comparison to other mental health professionals. The personal S/R of ACT psychotherapists also seemed to influence their attitudes and behaviors regarding S/R within their practice. In addition, more preferred use of certain ACT processes was correlated with these S/R attitudes and behaviors. To explore the nature of these correlations, the scientific and spiritual roots of ACT are discussed.

Extent

38 pages

Included in

Psychology Commons

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