Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Forensic Inpatients
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Qualitative Research; Treatment Manual; Assessment; Behavior/CBT; Diagnosis; Therapy in Forensic Settings; Inpatient treatment; Forensic Mental Health; Therapy with Forensic Inpatients; Forensic Hospital; ACT
This paper provides a preliminary exploration of the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) within the context of a forensic hospital. ACT has a reputation for being a clinically flexible and empirically sound therapeutic intervention, which appears uniquely suited for forensic hospital settings. However, no research has been published to date on the use of ACT as a treatment for forensic inpatients. The ACT approach directly aims to help people let go of the unwinnable struggles to control symptoms of mental illness, and instead focus on constructing a "life worth living." ACT interventions can equip forensic patients with the values and flexible behavioral repertoires necessary to lead lives that are personally meaningful and satisfying and do not involve inflicting harm to others. The ACT model also attempts to minimize the therapist-patient hierarchy through an emphasis on the ubiquitous nature of human suffering. This approach can be particularly useful when working with marginalized, treatment-resistant patients. Continued research on the application of ACT with forensic inpatients is recommended.
Grasmick, Meagan, "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Forensic Inpatients" (2013). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 92.