Synopses & Reviews
As a clinician or researcher in the field of mental health or addictions, this book will offer you powerful insight into how acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions are being successfully used to treat a variety of addictive behaviors, ranging from substance abuse to gambling addiction.
Edited by Steven C. Hayes, a founder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and a world renowned authority on mindfulness-based therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Addictive Behaviors features chapters by leading substance abuse and addiction researchers. Each article illuminates the mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments that work best for particular addictive behaviors, reviews empirical data, and discusses future directions for research and treatment applications. An essential resource for mental health and addictions professionals, researchers, and students interested in the most effective treatments for addiction, this book will dramatically impact the way addictions of all kinds are viewed and addressed in therapy.
In this book, you will learn to apply mindfulness and acceptance to help patients with:
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series
- Substance abuse
- Smoking cessation
- Gambling addiction
- Pornography addiction
- Binge eating
- Self-stigma and shame
As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.
“If you are looking for a hands-on approach to acceptance and commitment therapy, this book is must! Very well organized and written in clear, concise terms, Luoma and colleagues spell out the essentials of doing ACT, with annotated narrative in session transcripts demonstrating key points. You will leave this book with not only a set of clinical skills, but also with the knowledge of when and how to apply them in therapy.$rdquo;
—Kirk Strosahl Ph.D., coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change and A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
“Learning ACT is by far the best practical skill-building work book produced so far in the ACT literature. Teaching psychotherapy skills is complicated, and this book serves as a model for how it can be done. This book breaks down the ACT core process into bite-size portions making these skills visible, understandable and doable. The book is organized around core competencies but uses an ingenious system of therapist-client dialogue where the reader is encouraged to interact and respond applying each core skill. Besides all the cutting edge skill training abundant in this book, you cannot miss the compassionate vital spirit that these extraordinary ACT therapists bring into the therapy room. This book will surely be a classic for teaching psychotherapy!”
—JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden
A valuable addition to your ACT toolkit.”
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
ACT has burst upon the psychotherapy scene with creativity, a deep sense of excitement, and, most importantly, strong empirical support. With its premise that human suffering is an unfortunate byproduct of our everyday language and conceptions, metaphors become a more important tool in this therapeutic approach than most others. Now, Jill A. Stoddard, and Niloofar Afari have assembled these metaphors in an entertaining reference book that will be extraordinarily valuablenot only to practitioners of ACT, but to psychotherapists everywhere.”
David H. Barlow PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
As the interest in ACT has grown internationally, there has been a burgeoning desire to find new and individually relevant metaphors and exercises to use across a variety of settings and clinical populations. This book will certainly satisfy that appetite for those looking for new ways to best connect with their clients. But more importantly, this book will inspire readers to recognize what has been true all along: that the metaphors and exercises that will be most useful are those that draw upon clients own experiences. By bringing this compendium together, the authors will inspire clinicians around the world to be more creative in their practice.”
Sonja V. Batten, PhD, president (2013-2014) of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Doing ACT raises common, predictable challenges. In almost every case they are best overcome by stepping into the ACT model and its foundations with your head, your hands, and your heart. This gentle but wise book shows how to do thatand on all three of those levels. It is indeed Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
not because it applies only to those who are advanced, but because it teaches you how to advance. You don't have to be
an ACT expert to buy it, read it, and benefit from itbut if you buy it and read it, I guarantee that you will be much more expert in the ACT work you do.”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, cofounder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Its rare that I read a textbook thats so good, I dont merely want to recommend it, I want to actually rave
about itin a very loud voice! Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
is such a book: a truly superb advanced-level textbook for the ACT practitioner who already has a handle on the basics, but now wants to evolve a more fluid, flexible, and effective style of ACT. I confess to having frequent pangs of envy as I read this book (which I devoured cover to cover in the space of one week) and many thoughts such as, I wish Id written this
. Its easy to read, extremely engaging (in parts, laugh-out-loud funny), and incredibly practical. Even highly experienced ACT practitioners will get a lot from this book. I certainly learned new things from reading it, and Ill bet good money that you will too!
So if youre ready to move from the beginner level ACT-ish therapy to genuine, high-powered ACT, then rush out and get this book now
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and Getting Unstuck in ACT
As I read Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
, I kept turning to my personal knowledge of Darrah Westrup and her incredible ability to communicate, in writing, her gifted therapeutic experience and understanding of ACT. I know Darrah as both a colleague and a friend, and this book shines a bright light on her amazing talent and facility with the intervention. Readers will be engaged from the opening pages regarding theory and processes, through the thoughtful and seasoned application of ACT, all the way to its invitation to continue the ACT journey at the books close. She brings to this volume not only a digestible, considered, and at times humorous read, that every therapist, not just those using ACT, will find invaluable, but also a personal sense of herself that is kind, grounded, and compassionate. Thank you, Darrah, for this beautiful contribution to the ACT community and therapist community at large.”
Robyn D. Walser, PhD, associate director of dissemination and training at the National Center for PTSD, director at TL Consultation Services, and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley
Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
is an invaluable resource for every therapist who doesnt just want to do good ACT but great ACT. Easy to read and very practical, this book succeeds at linking concrete skills to deep philosophical and behavioral principles underlying the ACT model. The numerous clinical vignettes are commented with great precision and clarity, and show how to activate key processes through natural interactions, beyond traditional exercises.”
Matthieu Villatte, PhD, research scientist at the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, Seattle; ACBS-recognized ACT trainer; and associate editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
An elegant synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science. Packed full of powerful insights and practical tools, this book is an incredibly useful resource not just for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioners, but for anyone with an interest in compassion. Highly recommended!”
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple
The ACT Practitioners Guide to the Science of Compassion
by Tirch, Schoendorff, and Silberstein is an excellent integration of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). User-friendly and filled with insights and clinical examples, this book will open new possibilities in therapy. Highly recommended.”
Robert Leahy, PhD, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
This is a truly unique book that examines the points of intersection between acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other approaches to mindfulness and self-compassion. While having a remarkable level of detail and theoretical sophistication, the book also provides case examples and easy, practical techniques to help therapists integrate compassion practice into their work with clients in a meaningful way.”
Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, pioneering researcher into the mental health benefits of self-compassion, and author of Self-Compassion
Compassion is a defining aspect of humanity that contributed to the survival of our species. In addition, compassion is one of the common elements of all world religions and at the heart of clinical practice. In this remarkable volume, Tirch, Schoendorff, and Silberstein examine the many aspects of compassion within the context of modern cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Highly accessible, this remarkable book provides clinicians with concrete recommendations to cultivate compassion and implement it into clinical practice. This book is a must-read.”
Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University, MA, and author of An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems
Evolutionary science is providing us with a deeper understanding of the centrality of connection in human well-being. As result, the science of compassion is growing dramatically and compassion is taking a critical place in the study and practice of empirical clinical psychology. Tirch, Schoendorff, and Silberstein provide welcome guidance for clinicians interested in a more explicit focus on compassion in their work.”
Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi, MS, and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
This comprehensive compendium on compassion will satisfy practitioners who hunger for theory and conceptual analysis, as well as those who want innovative and step-by-step treatment tools. This book belongs in the library of any clinician who wants to deepen the impact of their therapeutic relationships using not only their intellect, but their heart.”
Mavis Tsai, PhD, coauthor of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Creating Intensive and Curative Therapeutic Relationships and senior research scientist and director of the FAP Specialty Clinic in the Psychological Services and Training Center at the University of Washington, WA
Compassion is one ofif not the mostpowerful antidotes to human suffering. More than 2,600 years of collective wisdom and a decade of psychological research teaches us why that is so. But why is compassion so elusive? How do we harness the power of compassion to alleviate forms of human suffering and to promote psychological health? This intriguing, insightful, and immensely practical book offers answers to these and other questions, and will show you how to put compassion into action. Though written with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioners in mind, this book goes into territory that can be readily adapted within any form of mental health practice. I am grateful to the authors for giving us this clinically rich book. It is a gift and a must-read for all mental health professionals.”
John P. Forsyth, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, NY, and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, ACT on Life Not on Anger, and Your Life on Purpose
From my first encounter with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to my romps with functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT), I have felt an inherent pulse of compassion in the processes and interventions that are built into these psychotherapeutic approaches. In The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion,
the authors bring together theory, science, and application in a way that easily guides the clinician to understanding compassion and its place in the contextual behavioral therapies, while also weaving the cloth of engagement and flexibility into deepening the sense of connection to others and what it means to be human. An essential read for all those determined to create a more compassionate world!”
Robyn D. Walser, PhD, associate clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, and associate director for the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division
This is the book Ive waited fora guide that melds acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) processes with the transformative power of compassion. Values, defusion, committed action, self-as-contextevery component of ACT is strengthened as we learn to access and use compassion.”
Matthew McKay, PhD, coauthor of Your Life on Purpose
Amid todays flood of books and cacophony of webinars and podcasts, Frank and Davidsons sage advice stands out in this unique text on transdiagnostic road maps. This book is well written with clinical acumen and a solid link to the empirical literature on comorbidity. It should be required reading for all students, clinicians, and researchers in the field. I highly recommend it!”
Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Follow this road map and you will likely never need to consult another how to conceptualize my treatment approach map again! This volume moves the promise of transdiagnostic practice into the realm of possibility by showing how the latest research on transdiagnostic mechanisms informs individualized, case formulation-driven approaches to treatment planning, implementation, and assessment. Rochelle Frank and Joan Davidson have written a very timely, important, and useful book that will be of use to clinicians, researchers, and students of mental health. Anyone who is interested in understanding how the latest research on mechanisms that cut across diagnostic boundaries can inform a practical, evidence-based guide to treatment will benefit from reading this book.”
Ann Kring, PhD, vice chair and professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology
This book is the first clinically accessible attempt to use transdiagnostic research to create a powerful new form of functional analysis: one that is specific, testable, replicable, and modifiable. As the DSM-V
stumbles, this book presents the exciting possibility that we now have enough transdiagnostic knowledge to create a categorization system that will help practitioners select interventions based on their usefulness in targeting identified processes of change. The details could be mistaken, but this is a bold and creative step forward that deserves the attention of practitioners and researchers alike.”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, foundation professor and director of clinical training at University of Nevada and cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
How cognitive behavioral therapists need this book! Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is in a transitional phase. There is increasing focus on transdiagnostic processes and process mechanisms such as avoidance, ruminative thinking, and anxiety sensitivity that underpin many of the problems we see clinically. But up until now, no one has really put this together in a coherent how to form for clinicians. These authors have done it! The book is rich in illustrative examples and helpful ways to think about CBT interventions. I found myself constantly stimulated, as well as challenged, to make adaptations to my approach as a CBT therapist.”
James Bennett-Levy, PhD, associate professor at the University of Sydney and coeditor of the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy and the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy
The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
by Frank and Davidson is an excellent guide to implementing state-of-the-art cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Their review of the key processes and mechanisms underlying disorders and innovative use of case conceptualization will give the clinician valuable tools to use with clients [suffering from] a wide range of difficulties. I highly recommend this excellent book to any therapist interested in going beyond simple diagnosis.”
Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
In this engaging book, the authors provide a comprehensive array of transdiagnostic mechanisms, review the evidence for these mechanisms, and link these mechanisms to a transdiagnostic model that provides the basis of individualized case formulation and treatment. The strength of this approach is that it allows a guiding framework for incorporating strategies from different diagnostic protocols when there are currently few evidence supported treatments for comorbidity.
I would highly recommend this book to any professional working with clients with comorbid disorders who is interested in a practical, integrated transdiagnostic approach to treatment.”
Sarah Egan, clinical psychologist and senior research fellow at the school of psychology and speech pathology, Curtin University, Australia
This superb, readable, and practical guide extends beyond the cutting edge and represents a much-needed translation of the transdiagnostic approach into the nuts and bolts of helping people. The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
is a beautifully written and carefully crafted science-based book. I highly recommend this book as a precious resource for both students and experienced clinicians. A must-read.”
Allison G. Harvey, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley
This book will raise your game. Frank and Davidsons The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
is extraordinarily practical. Their research summaries on transdiagnostic mechanisms and easy-to-use formulation and treatment planning worksheets will make your work smarter and more efficient. A fantastic book for students, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced practitioner who works with multi-problem clients.”
Kelly Koerner, PhD, author of Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy
In this book, Turner, Welches, and Conti have made a much-needed addition to the substance abuse treatment field. Integrating several of the most important new approaches to helping people change, the authors have written a concise, lucid, and practical book about their evidence-based approach. Mindfulness-Based Sobriety
details an approach that is not only effective, but one that is profoundly respectful and compassionate toward those who suffer from addiction.”
Michael Maslar, PsyD, director of mindfulness and behavior therapies at The Family Institute at Northwestern University
The authors have done a thoughtful job of integrating motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and relapse prevention into a well-designed curriculum for outpatient and residential groups.
This is what can happen when knowledge and compassion come together.”
Stan McCracken, PhD, senior lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
“This book is a must-read not only for ACT therapists with an interest in brief therapy, but for any ACT therapist who wants to improve their efficiency and effectiveness with the model. Low on theory and high on practicality, this book is choc-a-bloc full of new tools and techniques for brief but powerful ACT interventions. You’ll be amazed at how simple and easy it makes the trickier aspects of ACT, such as self-as-context and creative hopelessness. If you want to get better results in less time with more clients, then you need to read this book right now!”
—Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
“If you are looking for a rapid way to help people reduce their suffering and make positive changes, this book can show you the way. The four questions Strosahl, Robinson, and Gustavsson provide can give you a quick handle both on what's going on with clients and on how to help them change. A nice variation on the ACT method with some new insights and additions to make it compatible with clients' and third-party payers' demands for efficient and effective treatment.”
—Bill O'Hanlon, author of Change 101, A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy, and The Change Your Life Book
“Brief therapy alert: This book is valuable reading for anyone interested in time-sensitive ‘brief’ therapy. It provides theory, methodology, research evidence, and numerous clinical examples for how to help clients rapidly make significant changes. It is also an excellent introduction to the larger field of acceptance and commitment therapy, offering concepts and techniques that clinicians can adapt to their own practices. Strongly recommended!”
—Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, author of Brief Psychotherapies and Interviews with Brief Therapy
This book has the wrong title. It should be: Everything You Need to Know Stated Clearly, Free of Jargon and Hype that Will Enable You to Help a Broad and Diverse Range of Clients Effectively and Efficiently. On second thought, Brief Interventions for Radical Change, like the book, is more to the point.”
Scott D. Miller, PhD, director at the International Center for Clinical Excellence, Cummings professor of behavioral health at Arizona State University, and author of The Heart and Soul of Change
“Strosahl, Gustavsson, and Robinson have written an inspiring book for all clinicians to read and to use in their daily practice. The genius of focused acceptance and commitment therapy is that it not only includes new insights, but it also dispels the myths about brief interventions. This book shows that a focused approach is exactly what many people need to help them recapture a sense of being fully alive.”
—Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression
Brief Interventions for Radical Change is an excellent resource for primary care clinicians wanting to make efficient use of their time with patients. Its a practical guide for a patient-centered, functional approach, and provides case examples with individuals, couples, and groups.”
Debra A. Gould, MD, MPH, family physician and coauthor of Real Behavior Change in Primary Care, Improving Patient Outcomes and Increasing Job Satisfaction
Written in the same spirit of creativity and discovery that has propelled 'third wave therapies' into the mainstream, Levin, Hayes, and their contributors compellingly illustrate how acceptance, mindfulness, and context are vital resources in reducing the seemingly intractable suffering caused by addictive behavior.”
Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression
The addiction field is blessed with a variety of paths to recovery, and this volume presents cutting-edge, theory-based alternatives to traditional approaches. It explores some frontiers from which a next generation of addiction treatments is likely to emerge.”
William R. Miller, PhD, emeritus-distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico
Steven C. Hayes and Michael E. Levin have put together a must-read for researchers, clinicians, and students of addictive behaviors and their treatment. This very substantive book is refreshingly diverse in both theoretical perspectives and clinical contexts of varying addictive behaviors. Held together by contextual cognitive behavioral therapy as a unifying theme, perspectives discussed include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), motivational interviewing (MI), and metacognitive therapy (MCT), among others. Clinical problem areas range from detoxification, problem drinking, problem gambling, substance dependence (including borderline personality disorder), binge eating, shame and stigma associated with addictions, pornography addiction, and smoking cessation. With the unifying theme of teaching clients new ways of relating to their experiences, including distressing thoughts, feelings, and sensations, this book marks the progress that already has been achieved in these areas, while at the same time providing a roadmap for exciting future directions.”
Richard A. Brown, PhD, professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of addictions research at Butler Hospital
This is a fascinating account of love from the perspective of modern behavioral analysis. This book will get you thinking about yourself, your partner, and love in ways that you probably haven't thought of before. It brings scientific illumination to the candle lights of intimacy.”
Andrew Christensen, PhD, is professor of psychology at UCLA, a cofounder of integrative behavioral couple therapy, and author of Reconcilable Differences
This book presents a simple, practical, and incredibly useful program to create exactly what the title offers: effective, mindful employees. Its a must-have in the armamentarium of any psychologist or HR professional who wants to help people increase their satisfaction, improve their performance, create better relationships, or enhance well-being in the workplace.”
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
This book is a remarkable step forward in accelerating productivity in the workplace while caring for the well-being and vitality of employees. When companies blend the proven ideas of mindfulness and value-directed actions into the work culture, the employees will blossom, the work teams will strengthen, and the organization will prosper. Research clearly suggests that applying the principles in this book will yield a solid return on investment. It is easy to envision leading-edge companies capitalizing on this training manual. These forward-thinking companies will not only advance their bottom line, but will also benefit the people of the organization. The Mindful and Effective Employee
training manual presents a solid how-to handbook for achieving the elusive win-win scenario of creating productive and healthy work environments.”
D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, senior vice president of Quality Safety Edge and founder of Pickslyde Consulting
After reading The Mindful and Effective Employee
I felt inspired, wiser, and very well equipped to deal with both individual career coaching and brief but effective group exercises. This is a glistening gem of a book, and it provides the reader with a smart 'how-to' rationale for delivering cutting-edge, evidence-based workplace training. I want to start practicing what I learned right now!”
Walter Osika, MD, PhD, specialist in internal medicine and author of The Stressed Heart
This book is a must for those wishing to make a significant contribution to workplace health and well-being. It is built out of workplace experience and research and written by authors who are experts in their field, offering techniques that are carefully crafted, known to work, and readily transferable into the workplace. More than just a valuable resource, this book gives support and confidence to those wanting to improve the quality of working lives.”
Philip Dewe, professor of organizational behavior, department of organizational psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
Even though work is often defined as a necessary evil, having a job tops the list of what makes people happy in life. Work is a great source of both stress and joy. We spend more time working than doing any other single activity in our lives. It stands to reason that psychotherapists help us to learn to react to the challenges of work in ways that are healthy in the long run. The aim of this book is to demonstrate how ACT can be implemented in the workplace. The authors are internationally acclaimed experts in the field. The book is helpful for both the newcomer to ACT and the seasoned expert. It covers the theoretical aspects as well as practical session-by-session protocols and handouts. This book is the first of its kind; dont miss it!”
JoAnne Dahl, PhD, professor in the department of psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden
“A ‘must-read’ for anyone who wants to teach mindfulness in groups. The authors’ experience and talent shine through every page. They spell out for readers what is often implied in hands-on teacher trainings. A special bonus is how mindfulness and compassion are seamlessly woven together. Highly recommended!”
—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School
"What a beautiful, wise, and user-friendly handbook on how to teach mindfulness. I also appreciate how the authors provide clear directions on how to support the clinicians ability to sit in the mindfulness teachers seat with greater wisdom and humility.”
Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day
I cant imagine a more ideal how-to-teach-mindfulness manual! This book offers clear and comprehensive support in learning to lead meditations, offer beginners classes, and respond to the natural challenges and questions that arise in introducing mindfulness to clients. Keep this guide close at handit will enable you to bring your full intelligence, heart, and confidence to sharing these life-transforming practices.”
Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
What a practical, thorough, extraordinary book. Wolf and Serpa give a crystal clear road map for any professional wanting to teach mindfulness in clinical settings. Their detailed lesson plans and voice-of-experience guidance are infused with their own deep practice of mindfulness, encouraging support, and clinical acumen. Highly recommended.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddhas Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Broad in scope, yet practical, A Clinicians Guide to Teaching Mindfulness
can serve as a resource for secular mindfulness teacher training programs. Clearly the result of years of experience, this book provides especially good support for new instructors, while those with experience will appreciate its clarity and fresh perspectives.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
Wolf and Serpa have given us a wonderful gifta clear, complete, and inspiring guide for teaching the basics of mindfulness. The authors deep understanding of this topic from both Buddhist and psychotherapist perspectives is evident throughout, and helps to make this book not only a very practical manual, but also a succinct and direct guide for how to become a more effective and comfortable teacher or facilitator of mindfulness. This book will be highly valuable for anyone interested in this area, regardless of prior experience. Absolutely the best book on this topic I have encountered.”
Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD, research professor of medicine and psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences director in the pain research program at the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
A Clinicians Guide to Teaching Mindfulness
is a wonderful guide for far more than only clinicians! There is no one on this lifes journey who cannot deepen their experience and their joy through understanding and practicing mindfulness. When we as clinicians, in the broadest sense of the word, advance our capacity to understand and teach these fundamental concepts, this way of being in the world and in our lives will take root more organically. It will become a fundamental way of being. I would highly recommend this book as a guide to all of us who would like to better help ourselves and others discover, understand, and integrate this way of being.”
Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, executive director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Thorough, practical, and full of heart and integrity. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to get started or enhance their ability to teach mindfulness individually or in groups.”
Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of Uncovering Happiness
Russ Harris has a well-deserved, worldwide reputation for creating clarity where there is confusion, and simplicity where there is unnecessary complexity. When we are 'stuck' in clinical work, reducing confusion and complexity helps us see a pathway forward. There is wisdom on almost every page of this book. I learned a lot reading it and if you do ACT work, you will too. Highly recommended.”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Once again, Russ Harris has delivered a perfect book on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Crystal-clear and friendly, Getting Unstuck in ACT
is a survival guide for the fumbles, stuckness, and fear that we all experience in the therapy room. This book is the Swiss Army Knife that will sit front and center in my ACT library.”
Shawn T. Smith, PsyD, author of The Users Guide to the Human Mind
Russ Harris has done it againwritten another practical and easy-to-follow book that should be a welcome addition to the library of any acceptance and commitment therapist, from the novice to the most seasoned veteran. This step-by-step troubleshooting guide is the next best thing to a tow truck to get you and your clients out of therapeutic ditch we all too often find ourselves stuck in. Think of it as ACT roadside assistance. If you havent needed it yet, take it from one who hasyou will. Buy this book and keep it in your glove compartment.”
Robert Zettle, PhD, author of ACT for Depression
Russ Harriss trademark humor shines throughout Getting Unstuck in ACT
. This text is ideal for ACT clinicians grappling with the hellacious aspects of putting the ACT model into practice. Harris has an uncanny ability to make the complex simple. Getting Unstuck in ACT
will leave the stuck clinician with the aha moment they are looking for. An excellent contribution from one of the most creative and influential authors in the ACT field.”
Louise McHugh, PhD, lecturer in the school of psychology, University College Dublin, and author of The Self and Perspective Taking
Getting Unstuck in ACT
is a clearly written, thorough, and timely contribution to the ACT literature. Harris addresses the major ways in which it is possible to struggle with the ACT model, and then highlights easy-to-understand solutions to overcoming these struggles. From a personal perspective, the way in which the basics of behavior analysis have been effortlessly integrated with the ACT model will be of great use to readers. This book should be on the shelf of any person interested in ACT.”
Nic Hooper, PhD, visiting lecturer at the University of Newport, Wales
Russ Harris has the unique skill of taking complex ideas and expressing them in a style that is readily accessible to almost everyone. If you've ever felt stuck with a client, felt like you were going off track, or struggled to motivate people, this book will help. Russ Harris steps through how we get stuck with our own expectations, feelings, and struggles, helping readers to see how these concerns can influence their work. . . . He walks readers through the most common pitfalls and struggles they have with clients as they try to move from struggling with life to living vitally. Getting Unstuck in ACT
is the perfect companion to ACT Made Simple
and an essential resource to professionals using ACT in therapy or training.”
Louise Hayes, PhD, author of Get out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens
Harris does a wonderful job directly tying together the six components of the ACT model in straightforward and clear language. Throughout the book, Harris uses examples of session content to model stuck and unstuck responses to ACT processes. There are a good number of sample exercises in Parts one and two of the book as well. Further, at the end of each chapter, there are helpful experiments to practice skills. As someone who frequently supervises student clinicians, I see this book as a must-have!”
Amy R. Murrell, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Texas and coauthor of The Joy of Parenting
Harris expertly clears paths for greater understanding, and illuminates the darker, less understood areas of ACT with sharp, readable clarity. The book is organized to illustrate common therapist sticking-points and then provide steps and strategies to help deal with those obstacles in a very practical manner.”
D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, MidAmerican Psychological Institute, author of ACT in Practice
Eventually, all therapists get stuck. . . . In this book, Russ Harris explores client and therapist stuck-ness and provides a series of clear and helpful lessons. Packed full of pragmatism, experience, technique, tools, perspectives, humor, and humanity, Getting Unstuck in ACT
is an essential read for both seasoned practitioners and those new to ACT. If you let it, this book will deepen your practice of ACT and help you to become the kind of therapist that you would most choose to be."
David Gillanders, founding member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and academic director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
In my experience, therapists and students learning ACT often master the model long before they master application of the model to promote behavior change. Even the most talented therapists can find themselves struggling to apply the ACT model in a way that moves their work forward. In Getting Unstuck in ACT
, Russ Harris applies his extensive experience as a therapist and ACT trainer not only to clearly identify a number of difficulties therapists run into when doing ACT, but also to offer specific activities to bring flexibility to these difficult moments. The text includes a number of session excerpts demonstrating both effective and ineffective therapist interventions, along with specific steps to take in different kinds of stuck moments. It will be invaluable to ACT therapists looking to do more meaningful work, even at the most difficult points in therapy.”
Emily K. Sandoz, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
This much-needed workbook and DVD combination offers clinicians interested in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) a solid and straightforward training manual to the powerful and clinically proven techniques of this revolutionary model.
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT, read as one word rather than letters), is one of the most exciting developments in psychotherapy to occur in the last fifty years. ACT departs from conventional psychotherapeutic models, which strive to fix, control, or get rid of unwanted thoughts and behaviors. Instead, ACT demonstrates how to accept uncomfortable or painful situations without engaging with them, allowing them to pass away or diminish as they will.
ACT is profound, revolutionary-and it works. Research evidence is piling up that suggests ACT is as or more effective than conventional psychotherapeutic approaches.
A DVD included with the text offers role-played examples of the core ACT processes in action on both audio and video. In these examples, a picture is worth a thousand words, bringing to life the concepts developed in the text.
The groundswell of interest in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is among the most remarkable developments in contemporary psychotherapy. Whether you are new to the profession or an experienced clinician with an established career, seeking to incorporate ACT work into your practice, this book is an essential resource. ACT is both a unique approach and somewhat counterintuitive in its methods. Learning to “do ACT” well requires practice, patience, and good information. This book is a major contribution to ACT professional literature: a comprehensive, activity-based workbook that will help you understand and take advantage of ACT’s unique six process model, both as a tool for diagnosis and case conceptualization and as a basis for structuring treatments for clients.
Learning ACT begins with an overview of the ACT model, outlining its theoretical and philosophical underpinnings. Next you will learn how to understand and make use of the six core ACT processes. In later chapters, you'll be introduced to the ACT approach to establishing an effective and powerful therapeutic relationship and learn to conceptualize cases from an ACT perspective. Throughout these chapters are numerous exercises to help you apply what you are learning in order to process the material at a deeper level.
Unique to this volume is a DVD that includes role-played examples of the core ACT processes in action. Use this helpful addition to bring to life the concepts developed in the text. An invaluable aid to serious ACT study, the DVD can be reviewed often as you gain facility with the model.
For the first time ever, The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning offers the psychology community a breakthrough, proven-effective roadmap for treating patients with symptoms that span across different diagnostic categories. The transdiagnostic approach outlined in this book signals a revolutionary break away from traditional DSM categorization and gives mental health professionals a reliable resource for treating the underlying factors of a patient's condition, instead of relying on rigid pathology. For clinicians who are frustrated with single symptom protocols, this book offers a powerful alternative to the DSM-V.
Transdiagnostic treatment is the future of psychology.
Mounting evidence shows that moving beyond treatment protocols that focus on a singular diagnosis and toward transdiagnostic approaches that target psychological mechanisms can improve outcomes. If you are seeking to correctly identify mechanisms and use them to select interventions that best meet the needs of your clients this book offers a powerful and much needed guide. The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning is the first book to provide an empirically-based method for identifying specific psychological mechanisms underlying clients presenting problems and symptoms and linking them to clinical interventions that comprise individualized treatment plans.
The transdiagnostic approach outlined in this book signals a revolutionary departure from traditional treatments relying on DSM categorization and gives mental health professionals an essential resource for treating a broad range of patient problems. It builds on existing case formulation approaches by bridging research on psychological mechanisms with a practical guide to assessment and treatment. If you are interested in a new approach to treating patients with symptoms that span different diagnostic categories or are struggling to keep up with the growing number of disorder-based protocols, this book is an extremely important addition to your professional library. It will serve as your compass for navigating both simple and complex cases to arrive at a more effective type of treatment planningone that is tailored to your clients specific needs and targets the underlying mechanisms responsible for driving and maintaining their presenting problems and symptoms.
For more than forty years, New Harbinger has published powerful, evidence-based psychology resources for mental health professionals and self-help books for clients. As the landscape of psychology evolves, New Harbinger will remain at the forefront, offering clinicians real tools for real change.
The use of metaphors is fundamental in the successful delivery of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), but for many ACT therapists, they often become over-used, stale, and less effective as time wears on. The Big Book of ACT Metaphors is an essential A-Z resource guide that includes new metaphors and experiential exercises to help promote client acceptance, defusion from troubling thoughts, and values-based action. The book also includes scripts tailored to different client populations. Whether treating a client with anxiety, depression, trauma, or an eating disorder, this book will provide mental health professionals with the skills needed to improve lives, one exercise at a time.
Metaphors and exercises play an incredibly important part in the successful delivery of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These powerful tools go far in helping clients connect with their values and give them the motivation needed to make a real, conscious commitment to change. Unfortunately, many of the metaphors that clinicians use have become stale and ineffective. Thats why you need fresh, new resources for your professional library. In this breakthrough book, two ACT researchers provide an essential A-Z resource guide that includes tons of new metaphors and experiential exercises to help promote client acceptance, defusion from troubling thoughts, and values-based action. The book also includes scripts tailored to different client populations, and special metaphors and exercises that address unique problems that may sometimes arise in your therapy sessions.
Several ACT texts and workbooks have been published for the treatment of a variety of psychological problems. However, no one resource exists where you can find an exhaustive list of metaphors and experiential exercises geared toward the six core elements of ACT. Whether you are treating a client with anxiety, depression, trauma, or an eating disorder, this book will provide you with the skills needed to improve lives, one exercise at a time. With a special foreword by ACT cofounder Steven C. Hayes, PhD, this book is a must-have for any ACT Practitioner.
In Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a licensed clinical psychologist and renowned ACT expert presents the first advanced ACT book for use in client sessions. Inside, readers will hone their understanding of the core processes behind ACT and learn practical strategies for moving past common barriers that can present during therapy, such as over-identifying with clients or difficulty putting theory into practice.
Are you ready to take your ACT practice to the next level? If so, Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful resource that can help you streamline your approach and overcome common hurdles that present in therapy.
At some point or another, you have probably encountered difficulty putting theory into practice when it comes to using ACT in sessions with clients. You arent alone. Although ACT is a powerful treatment option for a number of psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and more, it is a complex, ever-evolving model, and as such it can often be difficult to deliver effectively. The truth is that even the most seasoned ACT therapist will face challenges in their client sessions from time to time.
This is the only advanced professional ACT book on the market, and it is designed to help you close the gap between what youve learned in ACT training and your actual client sessions. Inside, licensed psychologist Darrah Westrup, PhD, provides valuable tips and real-life client scenarios to help you hone your understanding of the core processes behind ACT. Youll also learn practical strategies for moving past common barriers that can present during therapy, such as over-identifying with clients or difficulty putting theory into practice. Most importantly, youll learn when to deliver specific ACT components, and how to adapt your treatment for each client. This user-friendly, pragmatic, and thoughtful guide does not promote error-free” ACT, but rather, ways to identify and work with the therapy process as it unfolds. A must-read for any therapist or mental health professional interested in sharpening their ACT skills.
An important addition to any ACT professionals library, The ACT Practitioners Guide to the Science of Compassion explores the emotionally healing benefits of compassion-based practices when applied to traditional acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This book offers case conceptualization, assessments, and direct clinical applications that integrate ACT, functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), and the science of compassion to enhance therapists processes. The book also explores how these modalities work in harmony, ultimately making ACT more effective in increasing client psychological flexibility.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is proven effective in the treatment of an array of disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that mindfulness and acceptance exercises help clients connect with the moment, uncover their true values, and commit to positive change. But did you know that compassion focused exercises can also greatly increase clients psychological flexibility?
More and more, therapists are finding that the act of compassionboth towards oneself and towards otherscan lead to greater emotional and physical well-being, increased distress tolerance, and a broader range of effective responses to stressful situations. One of the best advantages of compassion focused methods is how easily they can be integrated into an ACT approach.
An important addition to any ACT professionals library, The ACT Practitioners Guide to the Science of Compassion explores the emotionally healing benefits of compassion focused practices when applied to traditional acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This book offers case conceptualization, assessments, and direct clinical applications that integrate ACT, functional analytic psychotherapy, and compassion focused therapy to enhance your clinical practice.
This is the first book on the market to provide an in-depth discussion of compassion in the context of ACT and other behavioral sciences. The integrative treatment model in this book provides powerful transdiagnostic tools and processes that will essentially build bridges across therapies. If you are ready for a new, easily integrated range of techniques that can be used for a variety of treatment applications, this guide will prove highly useful. And if you are looking to build on your previous experience with cognitive and behavioral therapies, this book will help to enhance your treatment sessions with clients and increase their psychological flexibility.
Mindfulness-based interventions have exploded in popularity. What was once an ancient practice honed in Buddhist monasteries is now a mainstream, evidence-based, secular intervention employed by trained health and mental health professionals. A Clinicians Guide to Teaching Mindfulness provides professionals with a comprehensive, session-by-session guide, complete with the scripts and training materials needed to teach introductory mindfulness in a wide variety of settings, despite theoretical background.
Mindfulness-based interventions have exploded in popularity due to their success in treating everything from everyday stress to more serious mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This breakthrough book provides professionals with a comprehensive, session-by-session guide to teaching mindfulness, complete with the scripts and training materials needed to teach introductory mindfulness in a wide variety of settings, despite theoretical background.
Mindfulness—once an ancient practice honed in Buddhist monasteries—is now a mainstream, evidence-based, secular intervention employed by trained health and mental health professionals worldwide. The rapid spread of mindfulness increasingly involves psychologists, physicians, social workers, therapists, counselors, spiritual advisers, life coaches, and education professionals trained in their respective disciplines. Additionally, research continues to show that mindfulness is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, stress, pain relief, and many other illnesses.
If you are a professional interested in teaching mindfulness, this book will provide you with everything you need to get started right away. The introductory, six-week protocol outlined in this book is easy-to-use, and can be implemented in a variety of settings, ranging from an outpatient mental health clinic to an inpatient oncology clinic, from a substance abuse recovery program to educational settings.
In addition, this book will tell you what to bring to each class; provides outlines for each session; offers scripts to help you differentiate the weekly meditative practices; and provides invaluable resources for further study and professional development. If you’re looking to integrate mindfulness into your professional work, this is your go-to guide.
Mindfulness-Based Sobriety presents a breakthrough, integrative approach to addiction recovery for clinicians who treat clients recovering from substance abuse and addiction. The book combines relapse prevention therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing to help clients conquer substance abuse by identifying their own values, strengthening their motivation, and tackling other mental health problems that may lie at the root of their addiction. The book also puts a strong emphasis on relapse prevention, so that clinicians can help clients stay on the path to sobriety.
Too often, clients with substance abuse and addiction problems achieve sobriety only to relapse shortly after. As a clinician in the addiction treatment field, you are undoubtedly familiar with this common scenario, and it can be a source of extreme frustration. To make matters worse, clients may see their relapse as evidence of personal failure and inadequacy, and as a result, they may resist more treatment. What if you could break this cycle and help clients maintain their progress?
Mindfulness-Based Sobriety presents a breakthrough, integrative approach to addiction recovery to help you treat clients recovering from substance abuse and addiction using mindfulness-based therapy, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention therapy. Research has indicated that mindfulness-based therapy is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, and griefall emotions that lie at the root of addiction. Motivational interviewing is helpful in treating addiction because it helps clients learn to change the behaviors that cause addiction. And finally, relapse prevention therapy teaches individuals with addiction to anticipate and cope with potential relapse. This book combines all three of these highly effective treatments.
This powerful manual was developed by Gateway Foundation clinicians in order to better fulfill the mission of reducing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. The book provides two curricula: an outpatient treatment curriculum and a residential treatment curriculum. Both are user-friendly and can be implemented in an open group format, which means that you can say goodbye to the days of tailoring one-on-one treatment to fit a group setting.
The integrative approach outlined in this book will help your clients conquer substance abuse by identifying their own values, strengthening their motivation, and tackling other mental health problems that may lie at the root of their addiction. Furthermore, the books strong emphasis on relapse prevention means that you can help clients stay on the path to sobriety.
Brief Interventions for Radical Change is a valuable resource for cliniciansa collection of fifteen to thirty-minute therapeutic interventions based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that can be used to help clients overcome any psychological difficulty, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
As a mental health professional, you know its a real challenge to help clients develop the psychological skills they need to live a vital life. This is especially true when you are working with time constraints or in settings where contacts with the client will be brief. Brief Interventions for Radical Change is a powerful resource for any clinician working with clients who are struggling with mental health, substance abuse, or life adjustment issues. If you are searching for a more focused therapeutic approach that requires fewer follow-up visits with clients, or if you are simply looking for a way to make the most of each session, this is your guide.
In this book, youll find a ready-to-use collection of brief assessment and case-formulation tools, as well as many brief intervention strategies based in focused acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These tools and strategies can be used to help your clients stop using unworkable behaviors, and instead engage in committed, values-based actions to change their lives for the better.
The book includes a practical approach to understanding how clients get stuck, focusing questions to help clients redefine their problem, and tools to increase motivation for change. In addition, you will learn methods for rapidly constructing effective treatment plans and effective interventions for promoting acceptance, present-moment awareness, and contact with personal values.
With this book, you will easily integrate important mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based therapeutic work in their interactions with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other mental health problem.
Learning ACT for Group Treatment presents a powerful manual for clinicians, therapists, and counselors looking to implement acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in group therapy with clients. The book is a composite of stand-alone sessions, and provides detailed explanations of each of the core ACT processes, as well as printable worksheets, tips on group session formatting, and a wide range of activities that foster willingness, cooperation, and connection among participants.
For many clients, group therapy is a more practical treatment option than one-on-one therapy sessions. The financial cost of group therapy is substantially less than individual therapy, and research shows it can be just as effective. However, group therapy also presents unique challenges, and is often more difficult to administer. Thats why professionals need a solid plan of action when using group therapy to treat clients.
In recent years, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has gained immense popularity. Based in values, mindfulness, and committed action, this therapeutic model has proven successful in treating a number of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, and relationship problems. However, despite the popularity of this modality, there are very limited resources available when it comes to applying ACT in a group setting.
Learning ACT for Group Treatment is a comprehensive, powerful manual for clinicians, therapists, and counselors looking to implement ACT in group therapy with clients. A composite of stand-alone sessions, the book provides detailed explanations of each of the core ACT processes, printable worksheets, tips on group session formatting, and a wide range of activities that foster willingness, cooperation, and connection among participants.
In the book, professionals will see how the benefits of ACT can actually be enhanced in a group setting, particularly because there are more participants for ACT exercises. This leads to increased accountability among clients, and allows them to play both an active role and the role of the observer during treatment. The book also includes concrete tips for applying ACT to a number of treatment scenarios, including inpatient group therapy, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient programs, and community self-help groups.
With detailed exercises and group activities, this book has everything therapists need to start using ACT in group settings right away.
The self plays an integral role in human motivation, cognition, and social identity. That’s why observing the self is such an important element of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). However, for many ACT clinicians, it can be difficult to apply this complex theory in everyday practice. A must-have addition to any ACT practitioner’s library, The Self in Practice translates the ACT model’s most difficult—yet essential—process into easy-to-apply steps and user-friendly language. With this unique road map, clinicians will help clients develop empathy, compassion, and flexible perspective taking—leading to better treatment outcomes and better lives for clients.
The self plays an integral role in human motivation, cognition, and social identity. A must-have addition to any acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioner’s library, The Self in Practice translates the ACT model’s most difficult—yet essential—process into easy-to-apply steps and user-friendly language.
Every client that partakes in ACT must identify a self as part of their treatment, and clinicians often report that observing the self is the most difficult of all six core ACT processes. This is because it is so hard for people to shed pre-conceived notions of “who they really are,” and negative perceptions of the self can lead to feelings of low self-worth that stand in the way of treatment.
Problems with the self arise when clients orient themselves in the world and learn to relate to others, but these problems can vary considerably. For example, some clients may have deficits in developing a strong sense of self in the first place—particularly if they are diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Depressed clients, or those with borderline personality disorder (BPD), may develop a skewed, negative sense of self, and those with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) may develop an inflated sense of self.With this unique road map, you will learn to apply the complex theory of the self into everyday practice, and help all clients develop empathy, compassion, and flexible perspective-taking—leading to better treatment outcomes and better lives for clients.
The articles in Mindfulness and Acceptance for Addictive Behaviors introduce the latest research on using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness and acceptance approaches for the treatment of a variety of addictions, including substance abuse, gambling addiction, pornography addiction, smoking, and bingeing. This book features articles by Linda Dimeff, Jennifer Sayrs, Kelly Wilson, Jonathan Bricker, and other leading researchers in this field.
Combining elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT), ACT and RFT for Relationships presents a unique approach for therapists to help clients develop and experience deeper, more loving relationships. By exploring personal values and expectations, and by addressing central patterns of behaviors, therapists can help their clients establish and maintain intimacy with their partner and gain a greater understanding of their relationship as a whole.
Even if you are not a couples therapist, chances are you have dealt with clients whose problems are based in relationship issues. In order to successfully treat these clients, you must first help them understand what their values are in these relationships, and how their behavior may be undermining their attempts to seek intimacy and connection.
Combining elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT), ACT and RFT for Relationships presents a unique approach for therapists to help clients develop and experience deeper, more loving relationships. By exploring personal values and expectations, and by addressing central patterns of behaviors, therapists can help their clients establish and maintain intimacy with their partner and gain a greater understanding of their relationship as a whole.
ACT is a powerful treatment model that teaches clients to accept their thoughts, identify their core values, and discover how these values are extended to their relationships with others. RFT focuses on behavioral approaches to language and cognition, and can help clients identify their own expectations regarding relationships and how they might communicate these expectations with their loved ones more effectively.
This book aims to shed light on the thought processes behind intimate relationshipsfrom the attraction phase to the end of intimacyfrom a functional, contextual perspective.
The Mindful and Effective Employee presents a powerful three-session acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) program for reducing workplace stress and increasing employee effectiveness. Psychologists and human resource professionals will use this program to conduct employee training in workplace settings.
The importance of improving and maintaining employees psychological health is now widely recognized by occupational health researchers and practitioners, business leaders, human resource professionals, and policy makers alike. Indeed, a growing body of research has established that psychological well-being is one of the most important factors in job performance.
The Mindful and Effective Employee offers an evidence-based workplace training program based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The program is specifically designed to improve employees psychological healthas well as their effectiveness at work and in their personal livesthrough a combination of mindfulness and values-guided behavioral skills. This book is designed for use by psychologists, coaches, occupational health practitioners, and human resource professionals who are interested in improving employee well-being, performance, and quality of life. The training program described in this book is designed to:
- Promote employee self-awareness
- Help employees find purpose, direction, and meaning
- Offer new ways to improve work and life effectiveness
- Help employees identify and pursue valued goals and actions
In Getting Unstuck in ACT, psychotherapist and bestselling author of ACT Made Simple, Russ Harris, tackles common ACT obstacles faced by both therapists and their clients that can make them feel "stuck." These obstacles include sending mixed messages on the part of the therapist, a lack of motivation on the clients' part, as well as confusion regarding the theoretical basis of ACT. This book is a must-have for any ACT therapist looking to streamline their therapeutic approach.
Written by a clinical psychologist and social worker, ACT for Adolescents presents the first flexible, ten-week protocol based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help adolescents overcome mental health hurdles and thrive. The powerful and effective step-by-step exercises in this book are tailored toward working with adolescents in individual settings, but also include modifications for group settings.
In this much-needed guide, a clinical psychologist and a social worker provide a flexible, ten-week protocol based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help adolescents overcome mental health hurdles and thrive.
If you’re a clinician working with adolescents, you understand the challenges this population faces. But sometimes it can be difficult to establish connection in therapy. To help, ACT for Adolescents offers the first effective professional protocol for facilitating ACT with adolescents in individual therapy, along with modifications for a group setting.
In this book, you’ll find invaluable strategies for connecting meaningfully with your client in session, while at the same time arriving quickly and safely to the clinical issues your client is facing. You’ll also find an overview of the core processes of ACT so you can introduce mindfulness into each session and help your client choose values-based action. Using the protocol outlined in this book, you’ll be able to help your client overcome a number of mental health challenges from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and trauma.
If you work with adolescent clients, the powerful and effective step-by-step exercises in this book are tailored especially for you. This is a must-have addition to your professional library.
This book includes audio downloads.
About the Author
Dennis Tirch, PhD
, is founder and director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy in New York and the Compassionate Mind Foundation USA. An internationally-known expert on compassion-focused psychology, Tirch is the author of several books, including The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
. Tirch is assistant clinical professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY, and trains psychotherapists throughout the world in applied mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion.
Benjamin Schoendorff, MA, MSc, is a licensed psychologist in Quebec, Canada, and founder of the Contextual Psychology Institute. An acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) pioneer in the French-speaking world, he has authored, coauthored, and coedited several books about ACT and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), including The ACT Matrix with coeditor Kevin Polk. A peer-reviewed ACT trainer and certified FAP trainer, Schoendorff gives training workshops across the world. He lives near Montreal in Quebec, Canada, where he works as a researcher at the Montreal Mental Health University Institute.
Laura R. Silberstein, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey. Silberstein is the director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy in New York and has advanced training in evidence-based therapies such as compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults and adolescents. Silberstein is also a clinical supervisor, CFT trainer, and coauthor of Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Foreword writer Paul Gilbert, PhD, is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame, and self-criticism. He is head of the mental health research unit at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, founder of compassion-focused therapy (CFT), and author of several books, including The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression.
Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, NV. An author of thirty-four books and more than 470 scientific articles, his research focuses on how language and thought lead to human suffering. Hayes is cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areasand has served as president of several scientific societies. He has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
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