Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work: Evidence-Based Interventions and Emerging Applications

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work: Evidence-Based Interventions and Emerging Applications

by Matthew S. Boone LCSW

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Social work focuses on serving the most vulnerable members of society, and social workers must often address the contextual forces that contribute to human problems. Mindfulness and acceptance are powerful tools for this practice. By offering interventions like dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), social workers can help their clients become more aware and take effective action.
In Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, editor and social worker Matthew S. Boone brings together contributions from emerging voices in social work, such as Elana Rosenbaum, Yuk-Lin Renita Wong, and Diana Coholic, along with ACT pioneers Kirk Strosahl, Patricia Robinson, and others. This book focuses not only on mindfulness-based interventions for direct practice, but also on the intersection of mindfulness and social work education, cultural diversity, and macro social work. It includes a framework for moving past culturally-informed biases, and for how to best utilize mindfulness interventions for both individuals and the community at large. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608828920
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Matthew S. Boone, LCSW, teaches acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) at the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and practices ACT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and other cognitive behavioral therapies at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. He is an Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed trainer in ACT, a founder of the ACBS Social Work ACT Special Interest Group, and a recipient of the Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the field of social work.
Matthew S. Boone, LCSW, is a social worker, writer, and public speaker who specializes in translating mental health concepts for the general public. He is director of programming and outreach for the Student Wellness Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and instructor in the department of psychiatry. He is editor of the book Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, and an Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed trainer in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work Matthew S. Boone 1

Part I The Present Moment: Mindfulness and Acceptance in Direct Practice

1 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Social Work Matthew S. Boone 21

2 Social Work and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Felicia Marohn Santa Fe DBT Cedar Koons 49

3 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Social Work Elana Rosenbaum 75

4 Social Work and Behavioral Activation Jonathan W. Kanter Ajeng Puspitassari Maria Santos Gabriela Nagy 101

Part 2 New Directions: Emerging Applications of Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work

5 Radical Acceptance: Mindfulness and Critical Reflection in Social Work Education Yuk-Lin Renita Wong 125

6 Facilitating Mindfulness Using Arts-Based Methods and a Holistic Strengths-Based Perspective Diana Coholic 145

7 Doing ACT Briefly: The Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Tom Linde Kirk Strosahl 163

8 In Pursuit of Excellence: Developing Competencies for Delivery of Brief Interventions Patricia J. Robinson Brian Mundy 187

Part III The Client in Context: Addressing Broader Systems

9 Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism: Implications for a Generalist Macro Social Work Practice Michael Uebel Clayton Shorkey 215

10 Thinking Functionally and Contextually About Cultural Diversity in Mindfulness-Based Treatments Akihiko Masuda Matthew S. Boone Mary L. Hill Rebecca M. Pasillas 235

11 Contextual Behavioral Science and Social Work: A Natural and Effective Partnership? Joanne Steinwachs Matthew S. Boone 257

Index 281


Boone lives in Little Rock, AR.

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