Mindfulness and Acceptance in Behavioral Medicine: Current Theory and Practice

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Mindfulness and Acceptance in Behavioral Medicine: Current Theory and Practice by Lance McCracken

Clinicians and researchers working in the field of behavioral medicine are in a unique position to help patients access a range of mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment methods for preventing disease, managing symptoms, and promoting overall health. Evidence-based mindfulness approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can form a critical component of treatment, helping patients become active partners in improving or maintaining their health and daily functioning.

An essential resource every psychologist, psychiatrist, primary care physician, health care provider, and health educator should own, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Behavioral Medicine presents a series of chapters that feature the latest findings on the efficacy of ACT and other mindfulness therapies for specific conditions and populations and guidance for introducing these therapies to patients. The book also includes information on integrating ACT with other therapeutic approaches and offers mindfulness and self-care principles health care professionals can use themselves to avoid burnout and improve patient outcomes.

  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking cessation
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer
  • Terminal illness
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series

As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572247314
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/03/2011
Series: The New Harbinger Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,063,865
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Editor Lance M. McCracken, Ph.D., is a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Centre for Pain Services at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK. He is also a senior lecturer in the department for health and a senior visiting fellow in the department of psychology at the University of Bath. He has more than twenty years of clinical and research experience in chronic pain management and behavioral medicine.

Table of Contents

Foreword XI

Part 1 Introduction

1 History, Context, and New Developments in Behavioral Medicine Lance M. McCracken 3

A Brief Early History of Behavioral Medicine

Process and Outcome in Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine and Empirically Supported Treatment

The Development of Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Health Care

ACT Model and Process

Meta-Analyses of Mindfulness-Based Treatments



Part 2 Applications of Act and Mindfulness to Specific Conditions and Populations

2 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain Kevin E. Vowles Miles Thompson 31

The Development of Psychological Models of Chronic Pain

Critique of Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Chronic Pain

ACT and Mindfulness-Based Approaches for Chronic Pain


Treatment Outcome

Clinical Issues



3 Analysis and Treatment of Epilepsy Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, Values, and Countermeasures Joanne Dahl Tobias Lundgren 61

Conditioning and the Epileptic Seizure



Reviews of Psychological Treatment of Epilepsy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Epilepsy

Acceptance and Change

A Short-Term ACT Treatment Protocol for Severe Epilepsy




4 Health Behavior Problems in Diabetes, Obesity, and Secondary Prevention Jennifer A. Gregg Priscilla Almada Eric Schmidt 79



Beyond Obesity and Diabetes: Metabolic Syndrome and the Future of Secondary Prevention



5 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Promising Approach to Smoking Cessation Jonathan B. Bricker 107

Current Smoking Cessation Intervention Approaches

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

How ACT Differs from CBT

ACT for Smoking Cessation: A Brief Clinical Overview

Future Directions



6 Insomnia Lars-Gunnar Lundh 131

Sleep-Interfering and Sleep-Interpreting Processes

Empirical Studies



7 Mindfulness for Cancer and Terminal Illness Linda E. Carlson Joan Halifax 159

Psychological Sequelae of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Application of Mindfulness in Cancer Patients

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for End of Life Care



Part 3 Assessment Methods

8 Assessment of Acceptance and Mindfulness in Behavioral Medicine Ruth A. Baer Jessica R. Peters 187

Definitions and Descriptions of Mindfulness and Acceptance

Instruments for Measuring Mindfulness

Use of Mindfulness Measures in Behavioral Medicine Settings

Instruments for Measuring Acceptance, Values, or Psychological Flexibility



Part 4 Related Clinical Methods

9 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing for Health Behavior Change David Gillanders 217

Key Features of MI

Similarities Between ACT and MI

Differences between ACT and MI

Clinical Issues



10 Integration of Exposure-Based and Other Traditional CBT Methods with Acceptance and Mindfulness Rikard K. Wicksell 243

Background and Theoretical Framework

Implementing ACT Interventions with Traditional Methods

Acceptance of Therapist Distress



Part 5 Training and Education of Health Care Providers

11 Bias, Prejudice, and Disparities in Health Care Miles Thompson 269

Global Health Care Disparities

Reasons and Solutions

Ways Forward

Relational Frame Theory

Acceptance and Commitment Training

Widening the Scope


12 Mindfulness-Based Training for Health Care Professionals Nicole L. Kangas Shauna L. Shapiro 303

Mindfulness and Self-Care for Health Care Professionals

Consequences of Clinician Stress

Mindfulness Practice as a Means of Self-Care

Incorporating Mindfulness in Therapy to Enhance Professional Effectiveness and Patient Outcomes



13 Team Working and the Social Contexts of Health Care Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert 341

Professional Training and Cultures

Organization and Systems Cultures

Patient Assumptions and Expectations

Training ACT and Leading Implementation

Summary and Conclusions


Index 371

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