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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Mindfulness is a psychological process rooted in Buddhism used to help reduce suffering by increasing self-awareness and acceptance, thus resulting in change. This book addresses the theory and clinical applications of mindfulness.
Purpose: According to the editor, the book "illustrates the links between theory, science, and the therapeutic application of mindfulness for psychological and physical problems, highlighting the connections of these themes with Eastern tradition." He hopes the book "illustrates the current development and evolution of a third wave approach in cognitive-behavioral therapy" and provides "a practical and valuable tool for practitioners interested in applying mindfulness in a wide range of clinical settings."
Audience: In addition to clinicians, researchers, and scholars in psychology, psychiatry, and the social sciences who wish to more thoroughly understand mindfulness and its clinical applications, the editor intends the handbook as a reference for university students and trainees in psychology, psychiatry, social work, psychiatric nursing, and counseling. Dr. Didonna is a clinical psychologist and founder and president of the Istituto Italiano per la Mindfulness (IS.I.MIND). The contributors represent an international authorship from Italy, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.
Features: The book begins with defining theoretical constructs and explaining the basis for mindfulness, including history, meditation, and neurobiological issues before showing how to use various techniques to address common symptoms. It demonstrates how to apply mindfulness concepts to specific DSM-IV diagnostic categories such as anxiety, OCD, depression, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. The book ends with how to apply these concepts with various populations such as children, the elderly, and hospitalized psychiatric patients. Two appendixes describe various techniques and list international resources. The book is easy to read and uses figures/tables to clarify the text. The strength of this book lies in its presentation of a strong theoretical foundation and the application of mindfulness to a variety of DSM and medical disorders.
Assessment: This is a fairly exhaustive look at mindfulness by an international authorship. It covers theory and practice quite well, addressing both psychological and medical disorders. This book should be in the libraries of both those who are interested in learning about mindfulness and those who are faithful practitioners.