A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Long awaited, here is the first book to apply the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model and its powerful techniques to a broad range of disorders and clinical settings. ACT cuts across the traditional categories of experiential, analytic, behavioral, and cognitive therapies to utilize concepts of mindfulness and acceptance and the view that language is at the core of many psychological disorders. With the help of 26 expert contributors, ACT architects Hayes and Strosahl have expanded on their previous texts to give readers a source of ideas for using this language/cognition-based method.
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Editorial Reviews

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"ACT opened the door to more fascinating discoveries about human beings, language, and psychopathology in general. Within these discoveries also lie the treatment technologies comprising ACT that are competently presented in this book, A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. . .As the authors describe, this book is the first practical guide that highlights the ACT approach for numerous disorders and presents it in detail. . .The innovative conceptualization of psychopathology, presented in ACT, may appeal to practioners because it provides answers and alternatives to relapse and the difficulties some clients present with being unable to gain control of their symptoms. Practioners may also like the technology and the metaphors used in ACT. . .In each chapter presenting ACT for a different group of disorders, the authors skillfully present a formulation of the disorder based on the ACT principles and then describe the ACT approach for the specific disorder or group of disorders. . . "

By Maria Karekla & Marianna Charilaou, PsycCRITIQUES, American Psychological Association, Volume 50, Number 52.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387233673
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/21/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 395
  • Sales rank: 1,074,371
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of more than twenty books and more than 325 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. In 1992 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th "highest impact" psychologist in the world during 1986-1990 based on the citation impact of his writings. Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology and of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the American Psychological Society, which he helped form. He has received the Don F. Hake Award for Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and was appointed by HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to a 5 year term on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse in the NIH.

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Table of Contents

1 What is acceptance and commitment therapy? 1
2 An ACT primer : core therapy processes, intervention strategies, and therapist competencies 31
3 ACT case formulation 59
4 ACT with affective disorders 77
5 ACT with anxiety disorders 103
6 ACT with posttraumatic stress disorder 133
7 ACT for substance abuse and dependence 153
8 ACT with the seriously mentally ill 185
9 ACT with the multi-problem patient 209
10 ACT with children, adolescents, and their parents 249
11 ACT for stress 275
12 ACT in medical settings 295
13 ACT with chronic pain patients 315
14 ACT in group format 347
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