Accept Identify Move (AIM)
Accept Identify Move (AIM) is an evidence-based easy-to-use curriculum that incorporates mindfulness practices, concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Applied Behavior Analysis. The objectives of AIM are to change the context in which a behaviour occurs, the learner’s relationship to thoughts and feelings about events (what they think or what others say), and to build a set of flexible and adaptive behaviours that lead to preferred outcomes of behaviour and thinking. Through this, the learner is able to identify when their feelings or thoughts are preventing them from accessing meaningful outcomes and to make choices that increase access to those outcomes even when they are delayed (Dixon, M.R. & Paliliunas, D., 2018). The concept of “psychological flexibility” is at the core of ACT/AIM. Here, the learner will practice skills required to contact present moments more fully, while engaging in behaviors that are adaptive based on what is currently happening in the environment, rather than getting stuck in their thought processes (Dixon, M.R. & Paliliunas, D., 2018).
The AIM curriculum involves five main components. The curriculum runs best when all components are used in conjunction with one another, however not all components must be present for success. The components include:
Daily ACT lessons
AIM point system
Ongoing progress monitoring
There are six core processes associated with the ACT curriculum that form the concept of psychological flexibility. They are commonly presented in a “hexaflex.”