ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bridge Psychological and Spiritual Care

ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bridge Psychological and Spiritual Care


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ISBN-13: 9781626253216
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jason A. Nieuwsma, PhD, is associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, and serves as associate director of the Mental Health and Chaplaincy program at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nieuwsma has led multiple projects, authored numerous articles focused on improving the integration of mental health and spiritual care services, and trained hundreds of chaplains and mental health professionals in the application of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is associate director of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division and associate clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting, and therapy practice. Walser is developing innovative ways to translate science into practice, and is responsible for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment interventions. Walser has coauthored three books, including Learning ACT, The Mindful Couple, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Related Problems.

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of forty-one books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and promotion of human prosperity. Among other associations, Hayes has been president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His work has received several awards, including the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Foreword writer Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, is professor of psychology at the graduate school of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, CA. He has authored or coauthored numerous articles and books, including Lay Counseling, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit, Rest, Coping with Depression, Full Service, and a major textbook, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is a licensed psychologist, ordained pastor, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword: Integrating Religion and Spirituality with ACT xi

Preface: Bridging Spiritual Care and Evidence-Based Psychotherapy xv

Part 1 Foundations for Integrating ACT and Spirituality

1 Empirical Foundations for Integrating Religious and Spiritual Practices with Psychotherapy Jason A. Nieuwsma 3

2 A Theological Lens for Integrating ACT with Conceptions of Health, Healing, and Human Flourishing Joshua J. Knabb Keith G. Meador 19

3 Bridging ACT and Spiritual Care Robyn D, Walser Steven C. Hayes Jason A. Nieuwsma 41

Part 2 Linking ACT Core Processes and Spiritual Practices

4 Developing Awareness: Being Present and Self-as-Context Robyn D. Walser 63

5 Opening Up: Acceptance & Defusion Hank Robb 85

6 Enhancing Religious and Spiritual Values Through Committed Action Jacob K. Farnsworth 109

Part 3 ACT Across Different Religious Landscapes

7 ACT and Buddhism Hiroaki Kumano Phrayuki Naradevo 129

8 ACT and Islam K. Fatih Yavuz 139

9 ACT and Judaism: Suffering and the Commitment to Valued Action Barbara S. Kohlenberg 149

10 ACT and Christianity Ingrid Ord 163

11 ACT and the Religiously Unaffiliated Steven C. Hayes Jason A. Nieuwsma Robyn D. Walser 173

Part 4 Applying ACT in Different Spiritual Roles

12 ACT and Clergy Kent D. Drescher Daniel M. Saperstein 185

13 ACT Core Processes in Faith-Based Counseling Mark R. McMinn Brian C. Goff Clinton J. Smith 203

14 Using ACT in the Context of Health Care Chaplaincy Jason A. Nieuwsma Joe McMahan 219

15 ACT for Military Chaplains William C. Cantrell Jason A. Nieuwsma 245

16 ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors: Addressing Spiritual Self-Care Sky Kershner Jacob K. Farnsworth 263

Index 281


Nieuwsma resides in Chapel Hill, NC; Walser resides in Richmond, CA; Hayes resides in Reno, NV.

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