The Psychology of Enhancing Human Performance: The Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) Approach

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The MAC approach developed by connecting the more traditional scientific knowledge base on human performance and self-regulation to more contemporary findings to do with meta-cognitive processes, emotion regulation, and acceptance-based behavioral interventions. Written by the originators of the MAC model, this book will provide both the necessary theory, empirical background, and a structured step-by-step, easy-to-use protocol for the understanding, assessment, conceptualization, and enhancement of human performance. It is a protocol that can be readily adapted for a wide variety of high-performing clientele--from athletes and business people, to sales people, professionals in a variety of fields, and emergency/military personnel. The material can be integrated by practicing clinicians as an adjunctive intervention strategy to help clients with specific performance problems. Numerous case examples, forms, handouts, in- and out-of-session assignments and activities, and verbatim client instructions are included.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102607
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,148,487
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank L. Gardner, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Program Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, and is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

With over 25 years of experience as a practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Gardner's specialties include the evidence-based psychological treatment of anger and violence, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and interventions for performance enhancement. He founded the La Salle University Center for the Treatment and Study of Anger and Violence, which was the first center dedicated to understanding and treating clinical anger in the U.S. In addition, he is co-developer of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach to performance enhancement.

In 2007, Dr. Gardner celebrates his 20th year working with professional sport organizations, including teams within Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association. He has also worked with Olympic athletes and Division I university athletic departments, and has extensive experience working with high-level performers in business and the performing arts. Finally, he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (JCSP).

Zella E. Moore, PsyD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Manhattan College in New York. She received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2003. From a clinical perspective, Dr. Moore has worked extensively with individuals with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizoaffective disorder, yet specializes in the treatment of anger dyscontrol and its behavioral manifestations. In this regard, she was the founding Associate Director of Research and Development for the La Salle University Center for the Treatment and Study of Anger and Violence, where she continues to conduct research. She is co-developer of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach for enhancing human performance.

Dr. Moore has worked with several professional sport organizations in the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, and the World Indoor Soccer League. She is also the founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (JCSP). Finally, she is most dedicated to teaching and mentoring undergraduate psychology students at Manhattan College, yet also enjoys supervising clinical and performance psychology research with doctoral students at La Salle University.

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Table of Contents

  1. List of Figures




    Part I: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations

  2. Understanding Functional and Dysfunctional Human Performance: The Integrative Model of Human Performance (IMHP)
  3. From Change to Acceptance: The Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment Approach to Performance Enhancement
  4. Planning for the MAC
  5. Part II: Strategies and Techniques of the MAC Approach to Performance Enhancement

  6. MAC Module 1: Preparing the Client with Psychoeducation
  7. MAC Module 2: Introducing Mindfulness and Cognitive Defusion
  8. MAC Module 3: Introducing Values and Values-Driven Behavior
  9. MAC Module 4: Introducing Acceptance
  10. MAC Module 5: Enhancing Commitment
  11. MAC Module 6: Skill Consolidation and Poise: Combining Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Commitment
  12. MAC Module 7: Maintaining and Enhancing Mindfulness,
    Acceptance, and Commitment
  13. Part III: Case Studies

  14. Case Study I: Performance Dysfunction: The Case of Kayla
  15. Case Study II: Performance Development: The Case of Daniel
  16. Case Study III: Considerations in the Group Application of MAC
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