The ACT MODEL
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ALSO KNOWN AS ACT) WAS DEVELOPED TO FOSTER PSYCHOLOGICAL FLEXIBILITY. THIS INVOLVES BEING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, BEING OPEN TO OUR EXPERIENCES, AND DOING ACTIONS THAT MATTER TO US.
There are six major psychological processes in the ACT model, known as the hexaflex:
- Contact with the present moment
- Defusion from our thoughts
- Acceptance of our feelings
- Having an open and flexible perspective
- Contact with our values
- Committed actions
THE POWER WHEEL
To make the ACT model accessible for children, Dr Sacha Rombouts created a superhero character to match each of the six core processes. They are represented on the Power Wheel. Each hero possesses powers to be learnt to build resilience. In this way, learning the strategies is normalised and even made fun by reframing this as learning superpowers.
The aim is to teach children the powers for each area with the end goal being to learn how to move around the power wheel fluidly and flexibly. Resilience is therefore conceptualised as being more flexible in our relationships with our internal world (e.g., thoughts and feelings) so that we can act in flexible ways in our external world according to our values.