Template for Evidence-Based Treatment (Div 54 website)

(example is from the Division 12 website for Treatments using the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain as the guide)

Problem Area: Chronic or Persistent Pain
Treatment: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

2015 EST Status: Treatment pending re-evaluation (what’s this mean?)
1998 EST Status: Strong Research Support (what’s this mean?)

Brief Summary

  • Basic premise: By accepting and learning to live with pain, one can limit the control it exerts over his or her life.
  • Essence of therapy: This therapy guides individuals to change their expectations from the elimination of pain to living as well as possible with pain. Through metaphors and experiential exercises, individuals learn the futility of control-oriented strategies and the benefits of acceptance-oriented strategies in response to negative internal experiences such as pain and discomfort. Individuals are encouraged to explore their personal values and set goals consistent with those values in order to improve overall quality of life and functioning.
  • Length: approx. 8 sessions

Treatment Resources



Empirical Review Status  
2015 Criteria
(Tolin et al. Recommendation)
Treatment pending re-evaluation
1998 Criteria
(Chambless et al. Criteria)