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Evaluating a transdiagnostic acceptance and commitment therapy psychoeducation intervention

Cartwright, Jessica; Hooper, Nic

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Jessica Cartwright

Nic Hooper
Senior Lecturer in Psychology


© British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2017. Psychoeducation courses have gained some empirical support as effective early intervention strategies. Many of these courses reflect traditional cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) thinking but psychoeducation courses based on other approaches are beginning to emerge. One such course, 'ACTivate Your Life', is based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The aim of this preliminary investigation is to evaluate a four-session (eight-hour) ACT psychoeducation intervention delivered within the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board. Participants were invited to complete four outcome measures (assessing depression, anxiety, self-esteem and life satisfaction) and two process measures (assessing mindfulness self-efficacy and psychological flexibility) at pre- and post-intervention. Statistical analysis indicated that participants' scores across each of the measured domains showed highly significant changes. These results suggest that a brief psychoeducation ACT course may be useful in helping people in need of early psychological intervention, and that further research is now needed to provide a definitive evaluation of its effectiveness.


Cartwright, J., & Hooper, N. (2017). Evaluating a transdiagnostic acceptance and commitment therapy psychoeducation intervention. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 10(e9), 1-6.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 4, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 11, 2017
Journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Electronic ISSN 1754-470X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue e9
Pages 1-6
Keywords ACT, psychoeducation
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the article. It will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, published by Cambridge University Press.