ACT in Practice: Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Overview

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is more than just a set of techniques for structuring psychotherapeutic treatment; it also offers a new, insightful, transdiagnostic approach to case conceptualization and to mental health in general. Learn to put this popular new psychotherapeutic model to work in your practice with this book, the first guide that explains how to do case conceptualization within an ACT framework.

ACT in Practice offers an introduction to ACT, an overview of its impact, and a brief introduction to the six core processes of ACT treatment—the six points of the hexaflex model and its pathological alter ego, the so-called inflexahex. It describes how to accomplish case conceptualizations in general and offers précis of the literature that establish the importance and value of case conceptualization. This guide also offers possible alternative case conceptualization for cases from different therapeutic traditions, a great help to therapists who come from a more traditional CBT background. Exercises throughout help you to evaluate the information you have just learned so that you may effectively integrate ACT into your practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244788
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Professional Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia A. Bach, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the University of Nevada in 2000. She is assistant professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she does ACT and RFT research and trains students of clinical psychology. She practices ACT at the MidAmerican Psychological Institute and trains ACT therapists.

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA, received his doctorate from Hofstra University in 1998. He began his training in acceptance and commitment therapy in 1994 and founded the MidAmerican Psychological Institute in Joliet, IL in 2003. He is the director of the Family Counseling Center, a division of Trinity Services, where he trains future clinicians and practices clinical behavior analysis.

Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of numerous books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, as well as hundred of articles and book chapters on related subjects.

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Table of Contents


A Letter from the Series Editor     vii
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
An Introduction to ACT Principles
An Orientation to ACT     3
Clinical Behavior Analysis and the Three Waves of Behavior Therapy     17
Functional Analysis and ACT Assessment     37
Relational Frame Theory     63
What Is Case Conceptualization?     81
The Fundamentals of ACT Case Conceptualization
Conceptualizing Functionally     93
Contacting the Present Moment and Perspective Taking     127
Values, Commitment, and Behavior Change Processes     143
Acceptance Processes     159
Putting ACT into Practice
Creative Hopelessness: When the Solution Is the Problem     175
Bringing Mindfulness to Clinical Work     189
Values Work     203
Defusion and Deliteralization     217
Willingness     241
Acceptance and Change     265
Pulling It All Together     277
Epilogue: Saying Good-Bye to Shandra and Rick     299
ABC Functional Analysis Sheet     301
Inhexaflex Case-Conceptualization Worksheet     303
Event Log     305
Suggestaflex     307
References     309
Index     327
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Perfect resource for a developing ACT therapist

    Of the small library of ACT books available right now, this one is my favorite. ACT principles and techniques are nicely blended with a presentation of theory and philosophy - and it is done in a way that is accessible to those who are relatively unfamiliar with behavior analysis. I wish I'd had access to this book during my ACT training in graduate school! It would have been the perfect resource - readable and comprehensive.

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