Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), also known as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment (MAC) training, helps individuals to accept what is out of their personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches their professional and personal life. It achieves this by:
- Teaching psychological skills to individuals which assist them to deal with their thoughts and feelings effectively thereby minimising influence on behaviour
- Helping individuals to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to them i.e. their values, and to? then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate changes in behaviour.
ACT is a mindfulness-based approach. Mindfulness is “a motivated state of de-centred awareness brought about by receptive attending to present moment experience” (Cavanagh & Spence, 2012 p 117). Mindfulness has recently been increasingly recognised as a powerful intervention in both coaching and therapy, and is used in areas such as leadership training, building resilience, reducing work stress and treating depression.