ACT in Practice: Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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More than just a set of techniques that shapes a particular client's treatment, a psychotherapeutic model acts like a lens through which a therapist looks at both individual cases and psychology in general. Case conceptualization guides help therapists learn how to see through the lens of a particular model. They show professionals how to take a collection of theories and actually put them into practice. ACT in Practice performs this useful function, for the very first time, for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a popular new treatment model.

The first section of the book offers an introduction to ACT, an overview of the impact of ACT, and a brief introduction to the ACT's "hexaflex" model. It describes how to accomplish case conceptualizations in general and offers précis of the literature on the importance and value of case conceptualization. The first section closes with SYNOPSISs of the first, second, and third wave of behavior therapy with explanations of how the different waves would have treated hypothetical clients in specific situations. The second section of the book covers ways that different ACT approaches can be applied to actual practice. Quizzes at the end of each chapter help you to evaluate the information they have just learned.
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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 in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University in 1998. He began his training in acceptance and commitment therapy in 1994 and practices clinical behavior analysis with victims of abuse and individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is the director of the Family Counseling Center, a division of Trinity Services, and the MidAmerican Psychological Institute in Joliet, IL.

Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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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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