International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 9 Num. 2 - June 2009


Brief Acceptance-based Protocols Applied to the Work with Adolescents

Volume 9 Num. 2 - June 2009 - Pages 237-257


M. Carmen Luciano , Sonsoles Valdivia Salas , Olga Guti?rrez Mart?nez , Francisco J. Ruiz , Marisa P?ez Blarrina


This article describes three brief acceptance-based protocols that were implemented with
adolescents presenting psychological barriers to cope with different issues. The first was
a values-acceptance protocol applied to adolescents to promote safe sex behaviours. The
second protocol was applied to young chess promises to improve their chess performance.
The third protocol was applied to children showing impulsive and antisocial behaviors.
In all cases, the outcomes were satisfactory. Besides the clinical significance, the
implementation of all three protocols served to further refine the acceptance-based clinical
methods used in the work with our clients, and to better explore the verbal processes
underlying the efficacy of such methods.

Key words:

acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), acceptance, defusion, brief protocol, adolescents.

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