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Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science (ABCS)

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) is a worldwide nonprofit professional membership organization associated with ACT and RFT, among other topics. The term "contextual behavioral science" refers to the application of functional contextualism to human behavior, including contextual forms of applied behavior analysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy and evolution science. ACBS hosts an annual international conference. The conference is multiple days and multiple tracks and provides quality training in CBS, RFT, ACT among other relevant topics (e.g., FAP). The ACBS website has resources such as a Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer List, a function to find an ACT therapist in a particular area and access to research articles, protocols and other clinical resources (more resources are available for individuals who join the organization). ACBS's flagship journal is the Journal of Contextual and Behavioral Science (JCBS). Check it out here.

MAC ACBS / ACT Carolinas

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (MAC-ACBS).  MAC-ACBS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to  to carry out the goals of ACBS at the local level. These goals include working with professionals, students and the public to better respond to the problem of human suffering. MAC is a growing community of people - therapists, researchers, teachers, coaches, nurse practitioners, etc. - who share a common interest in the work that is going on in contextual behavioral sciences including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT) Functional Analytic Therapy (FAP), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Our overriding mission is to foster the development of contextual behavioral practice, science, and community service within the Mid-Atlantic region (i.e., MD, DC, VA, WV, DE, NC and SC).  To that end, we conduct regular clinical trainings, and we've facilitated the development of several peer consultation groups in the region. We're also working to increase member networking and referrals via our member listserv.  Our aim is to build and support a sense of community among MAC and all ACBS members.

ACT Carolinas is a local affiliate of the larger MAC Chapter. Access the ACT Carolinas listserv here.


My ACT Tool Kit by Steve Hayes (launched with A Liberated Mind)

Guided Meditations by Tara Brach

Guided Mindfulness Meditations, UCLA Health

Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises by Kristen Neff

Living Your Life Values - Values Inventory, Duke Student Affairs

Books and Other Good Reads

General ACT Books (good for learning the model)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (Primary ACT text)

A Liberated Mind (also good for clients)

Mindfulness for Two

The ACT Approach

The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques

ACT Made Simple 

Learning ACT

General ACT Books (good for clients)

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

The Happiness Trap 

Things May Go Terribly Horribly Wrong

Focused ACT texts

ACT for Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide for Clinicians

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety

ACT for Depression

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Stress Disorder and Trauma-related Problems
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems

The Thriving Adolescent: Using ACT & Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection

Relational Frame Theory (RFT)

Relational Frame Theory: A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition

Learning RFT

Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention

Self-Report Measures / Assessments 

Process Measures of Potential Relevance to ACT 

*This massive packet compiled by Joseph Ciarrochi & Linda Bilich contains the following:  

   Avoidance / Acceptance

   The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-2)

   White Bear Suppression Inventory (WBSI) 


   Emotion Control Questionnaire (ECQ2)

   State Social Anxiety and State Emotion-Regulation Questionnaires

   Repressive Defensive Coping

   Miller Behavioral Style Scale (MBSS)

   Experiential Avoidance Task (EAT)

   Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (BIDR)

   Fusion / Dysfunctional thinking

   Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ)

   Personal Need for Structure (PNS)

   Belief in Personal Control Scale (BPCS) 

   Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (DAS)

   Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI)

   Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE)

   Adult Dispositional Hope Scale

   Adult State Hope Scale

   Domain Specific Hope Scale (DSHS)

   Sociotropy – Autonomy Scale (SAS)

   Mindfulness / Awareness of feelings

   Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (KIMS)

   The Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)

   Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20)

   Value clarification / Goal striving / Action orientation

   Personal Strivings Assessment

   Personal Values Questionnaire

   Valued Living Questionnaire (VLQ)

   The BULLs-eye Instrument about valued life Primary Care Version (BULLI-PC) 

   The Bulls-eye Instrument about Valued Life 

   Action Control Scale (ACS-90)

   Pleasant Events Schedule

   ACT measures for specific populations

   Diabetes Acceptance and Action Scale for Children and Adolescents (DAAS)

   Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth (AFQ-Y) 

   Child Acceptance and Mindfulness Measure (CAMM)

   Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire – Revised (CPAQ-R)

   Chronic Pain Values Inventory (CPVI)

   Psychological Inflexibility in Pain Scale (PIPS)

   The Body Image - Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (BI-AAQ)

   Trauma Specific AAQ (AAQ-TS)

   General ACT measures

   ACT daily diary measure

   ACT weekly Diary


Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ) - 2 (there are several content specific variants of the AAQ as well)

Valued Living Questionnaire (VLQ)

Valuing Questionnaire (VQ)

Values Bullseye

Difficulties in Emotion Regulation (DERS)

Cognitive Fusion Scale

Multidimensional Experiential Avoidance Questionnaire (MEAQ)

Online search for measures:

PROMIS for health outcomes:

Online Programs, Websites & Apps 

Practicing ACT in Life

The ACT Guide 

ACT Coach app

ACT iCoach app

ACT Companion: Happiness Trap app


The Mindfulness app


Buddhify app

Breath Ball app

Content Specific Apps

Recovery Record app, specifically for eating disorders, includes ACT skills developed by ACT at Duke lab

Websites (with ACT Resources)

Portland Psychotherapy

ACT Mindfully

The Thriving Adolescent (children and adolescents)

Online Training in ACT



An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory (Foxylearning website tutorial)

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