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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change / Edition 2

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change / Edition 2

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Since the original publication of this seminal work, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has come into its own as a widely practiced approach to helping people change. This book provides the definitive statement of ACT--from conceptual and empirical foundations to clinical techniques--written by its originators. ACT is based on the idea that psychological rigidity is a root cause of a wide range of clinical problems. The authors describe effective, innovative ways to cultivate psychological flexibility by detecting and targeting six key processes: defusion, acceptance, attention to the present moment, self-awareness, values, and committed action. Sample therapeutic exercises and patient-therapist dialogues are integrated throughout.

New to This Edition
*Reflects tremendous advances in ACT clinical applications, theory building, and research.
*Psychological flexibility is now the central organizing focus.
*Expanded coverage of mindfulness, the therapeutic relationship, relational learning, and case formulation.
*Restructured to be more clinician friendly and accessible; focuses on the moment-by-moment process of therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462528943
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 81,130
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada and a co-developer of ACT. His career has focused on the analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He has served as president of multiple scientific and professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His work has been recognized by the Award for Impact of Science on Application from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABCT, among other awards. The author of 41 books and over 575 scientific articles, Dr. Hayes has focused on understanding human language and cognition and applying this understanding to the alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of human welfare. He is coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition.

Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, is a co-developer of ACT and a primary care psychologist at Central Washington Family Medicine, in Yakima, Washington, where he is promoting the use of ACT in general medical practice with predominantly low-income underinsured or uninsured clients.

Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi. He is a co-developer of ACT and has published numerous other books, articles, chapters, treatment manuals, and technical reports. Dr. Wilson trains and consults internationally on the design and implementation of behavioral treatments. His work includes the investigation of acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies in the treatment of a variety of problems in living, as well as in the basic behavioral science underlying therapeutic change.

Table of Contents

I. Foundations and the Model
1. The Dilemma of Human Suffering
2. The Foundations of ACT: Taking a Functional Contextual Approach
3. Psychological Flexibility as a Unified Model of Human Functioning
II. Functional Analysis and Approach to Intervention
4. Case Formulation: Listening with ACT Ears, Seeing with ACT Eyes, with Emily K. Sandoz
5. The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT
6. Creating a Context for Change: Mind versus Experience
III. Core Clinical Processes
7. Present-Moment Awareness, with Emily K. Sandoz
8. Dimensions of Self
9. Defusion
10. Acceptance
11. Connecting with Values
12. Committed Action
IV. Building a Progressive Scientific Approach
13. Contextual Behavioral Science and the Future of ACT



Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and other mental health practitioners. May serve as a text in graduate-level psychotherapy courses.

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