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By JoAnne Dahl,Carmen Luciano

A medical perform advisor to supporting persistent discomfort victims reside richer, extra enjoyable lives with soreness utilizing attractiveness and dedication treatment (ACT).

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How could we stand on the shoulders of those behavior therapists and cognitive behavior therapists who had paved the way into behavior medicine, carry forward these principles and do it in a way that was experienced as less aversive for all and create long-standing meaningful behavior changes? The answer again was the conceptualization of context. In ACT as well as in all of the “third wave” behavior therapies the concept of context is developed from the more simplistic chains of fear-avoidance behavior to context on a higher human level.

My employer, my “so-called” friends, the health care system, the insurance system and even my family can’t stand me. I guess I’m not a very nice person to be around. The primary care center seems to have blacklisted me because every time I call, for whatever reason, they just put me off. I worry about what would happen if I got a heart attack. They probably would just tell me to calm down and take more painkillers then too. I can tell that my boss doesn’t want me back at work. We were at a meeting and I could tell by the look on his face that he thought I was a hopeless case that had cost him a lot of trouble and money when I got sick.

Using the clients’ own values as the context to motivate behavior change is a brilliant idea. The goals of the treatment are no longer those of the insurance company and the staff members but belong within the context of the client. The job of the staff is to treat the client as an individual who is perfectly capable of choosing his or her own life and taking responsibility for it. The pressure is off the staff to coach, coerce or convince the client to expose themselves to aversive pain stimuli.

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