CIPA4418 Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Counseling Settings (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


The primary aim of the course is to introduce students to the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy processes and prepare students in applying this knowledge in their future work with clients. Students will be introduced to the theory of ACT and its practical application particularly in counseling settings. ACT is part of a larger movement in the behavioral and cognitive realm, which includes the mindfulness approaches (Hayes, 2005). The psychological flexibility model underlying ACT is a unified, rather than symptomatological, model for behavior change and personal development.

In this course, students will be familiarized with the basic principles of ACT and method, by incorporating, amongst others, the use of related literature, video-lectures, podcasts, videotaped interviews from well-known researchers and practitioners in the field. In addition, the course will include a selection of exercises and metaphors related to the model which students can practice independently and in groups.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will:
-Become familiar with the key principles and theory of ACT
-Get acquainted with evidence of the model’s effectiveness
-Understand the ACT therapeutic/training model and its application to a variety of situations,  particularly counselling situations
-Be able to demonstrate how the different ACT techniques relate to each other and to the basic principles of ACT.
-Be able to use new techniques for helping clients articulate their values and identify workable actions.
-Understand basic mindfulness techniques and how to apply them with clients.

Study materials


Completion methods

Method 1

The contents and teaching methods of the course vary from year to year.
Evaluation criteria:
Assessment is based on participation and/or assignments.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
No published teaching