Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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by Steven C. Hayes
     
 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically- based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness processes, and commitment and behavior change processes to produce psychological flexibility. Steven C. Hayes, who helped develop ACT, and co-author Jason Lillis provide an overview of ACT's main influences and its basic principles.

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Overview

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically- based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness processes, and commitment and behavior change processes to produce psychological flexibility. Steven C. Hayes, who helped develop ACT, and co-author Jason Lillis provide an overview of ACT's main influences and its basic principles. In this succinct and understandable survey, the authors show how ACT illuminates the ways that language encourages unhelpful skirmishing in clients' psychic lives, and how to use ACT to help clients accept private experiences, become more mindful of thoughts, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change. The latest edition in the Theories of Psychotherapy series, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy examines the therapy's history and process, evaluates the therapy's evidence base and effectiveness, and suggests future directions in the therapy's development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433811531
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
441,383
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Problem and the Approach1
1The Dilemma of Human Suffering3
2The Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of ACT13
3The ACT Model of Psychopathology and Human Suffering49
Pt. IIClinical Methods81
4Creative Hopelessness: Challenging the Normal Change Agenda87
5Control Is the Problem, Not the Solution115
6Building Acceptance by Defusing Language148
7Discovering Self, Defusing Self180
8Valuing204
9Willingness and Commitment: Putting ACT into Action235
Pt. IIIUsing ACT265
10The Effective ACT Therapeutic Relationship267
11ACT in Context281
References289
Index298

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