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Episode 041: ACT and AIM with Shira and Shayna

We’re answering another question from the community around our opinions on ACT and AIM. ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It’s a branch of behavioral psychology that’s been adopted by the field of ABA. AIM is an acronym for Accept, Identify, Move, which is an ABA curriculum that’s based on the principles of ACT. We’re no experts on these modalities, but we’ve used them in the field and have encountered them in trainings and at conferences. We discuss the ACT Values Matrix and how it can be applied in practice.

ABA doesn’t always answer all our questions as practitioners. It’s important to always expand what we offer, so adding these tools to our toolbox can be valuable. Taking a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work, and sometimes uncovering internal motivations is highly beneficial. ACT and AIM allow ABA professionals to go deeper and see what’s driving a client beyond external factors. Exploring clients’ values can help you develop better treatment plans.

You’ll Learn:

  • The difference between ACT and AIM.
  • How to use the ACT Values Matrix.
  • Types of clients that are best suited for ACT and AIM.

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