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ACT and Relational Frame Theory for Therapists


American College Testing, more commonly known by its acronym ACT, is a timed aptitude test designed to assess students’ capabilities for success in college-level coursework. The test includes four multiple-choice tests on English, math, reading, science and an optional writing section with scores ranging from 1-36; this exam is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors as part of preparation for college admission; although highly selective colleges often consider multiple factors into account during their holistic admissions processes rather than simply looking at standardized test results alone.

The ACT Reading test includes two shorter passages with questions designed to assess your ability to deduce and interpret details from them, analyze the underlying structure of each passage, understand its purpose, method, and tone, as well as interpret an author’s purpose, method, and tone. Meanwhile, its Math section presents problem sets featuring simple number sense up through complex algebra; along with more advanced mathematical concepts such as Pythagorean Theorem solutions.

Relational Frame Theory (RFT), is an approach to human language and cognition that underlies ACT therapy. While you can still be an excellent therapist using it without knowledge of RFT, understanding it will enhance your practice and help make its use more effective. In addition, many therapists find it advantageous to possess some background in cognitive neuroscience related to learning and memory processes so as to better comprehend how ACT works with these processes.

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