The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion

Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility

Author: Dennis Tirch,Benjamin Schoendorff,Laura R. Silberstein

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 162625057X

Category: Psychology

Page: 296

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is proven effective in the treatment of an array of disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that mindfulness and acceptance exercises help clients connect with the moment, uncover their true values, and commit to positive change. But did you know that compassion focused exercises can also greatly increase clients’ psychological flexibility? More and more, therapists are finding that the act of compassion—both towards oneself and towards others—can lead to greater emotional and physical well-being, increased distress tolerance, and a broader range of effective responses to stressful situations. One of the best advantages of compassion focused methods is how easily they can be integrated into an ACT approach. An important addition to any ACT professional’s library, The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion explores the emotionally healing benefits of compassion focused practices when applied to traditional acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This book offers case conceptualization, assessments, and direct clinical applications that integrate ACT, functional analytic psychotherapy, and compassion focused therapy to enhance your clinical practice. This is the first book on the market to provide an in-depth discussion of compassion in the context of ACT and other behavioral sciences. The integrative treatment model in this book provides powerful transdiagnostic tools and processes that will essentially build bridges across therapies. If you are ready for a new, easily integrated range of techniques that can be used for a variety of treatment applications, this guide will prove highly useful. And if you are looking to build on your previous experience with cognitive and behavioral therapies, this book will help to enhance your treatment sessions with clients and increase their psychological flexibility.

Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities

A Clinician's Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection, and Equality Using Contextual Strategies

Author: Matthew D. Skinta,Aisling Curtin

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626254303

Category: Psychology

Page: 312

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As more clinicians train in mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, the demand for skills specifically for treating diverse clients grows. In this much-needed edited volume, you’ll find evidence-based strategies for treating gender and sexual minorities with acceptance and compassion for better treatment outcomes. Gender and sexual minorities face unique concerns and, according to research, are actually more likely to want and seek therapeutic help due to greater levels of psychological distress. But research also shows that many psychologists and therapists do not feel adequately educated or efficacious discussing topics related to sexuality and gender in clinical practice. This book will address this significant gap with evidence-based and best-practice interventions and applications. Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities offers a number of practical strategies within a contextual behavioral science framework, including mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), relational frame theory (RFT), and more. With chapters on stigma, shame, relationships, and parenting, this book will be a valuable resource for all therapists. If you’re a clinician, you understand the ongoing need for cutting-edge, effective approaches for treating a variety of clients. With this guide, you’ll learn about the unique application of contextual behavioral approaches as they relate specifically to the experiences of gender and sexual minorities, and feel better equipped to help all of your clients work toward happiness and health.

The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix

A Step-by-Step Approach to Using the ACT Matrix Model in Clinical Practice

Author: Kevin L. Polk,Benjamin Schoendorff,Mark Webster,Fabian O. Olaz

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626253625

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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The ACT Matrix revolutionized contextual behavioral science. Now, the creators of this pioneering new model present the first detailed, step-by-step guide to help professionals implement the ACT Matrix in clinical practice and improve clients’ psychological flexibility. If you’re a clinician, you know that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is extremely effective in helping clients who are “stuck” in unhealthy thought patterns by encouraging them align their values with their thoughts and actions. However, the ACT model is complex, and it's not always easy to use. Enter the ACT Matrix, a seamless fusion of the six core processes of the ACT hexaflex—cognitive defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, observing the self, values, and committed action—into a simplified, easy-to-apply approach. From the editors of The ACT Matrix, The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix offers professionals a comprehensive guide to using the innovative Matrix model in-session. With this book, you’ll learn how to help your clients break free from painful psychological traps and live more meaningful lives. You’ll also learn how client actions and behavior should be viewed as workable or unworkable, rather than good or bad. Most importantly, you'll discover how this unique approach can be used to deliver ACT more effectively in a variety of settings and contexts, even when clients are resistant or unmotivated to participate. This book is essential for any ACT clinician looking to simplify their therapeutic approach in client sessions.

Experiencing ACT from the Inside Out

A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists

Author: Dennis Tirch,Laura R. Silberstein-Tirch,R. Trent Codd,Martin J. Brock,M. Joann Wright

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 146254066X

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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From leading acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioners, this experiential training workbook invites therapists to broaden and strengthen their ACT skills through deep engagement with ACT theory and techniques. Everyone from beginning therapists to seasoned ACT practitioners can enhance their work through self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR), a cutting-edge, evidence-based training method. Through a systematic process, readers learn how to effectively apply ACT to a personal or professional challenge and reflect on the experience. Fifteen step-by-step modules are illustrated with vivid examples from the authors' own SP/SR journeys. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 17 reproducible worksheets and over 3 hours of audio exercises. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download the audio exercises as well as printable copies of the worksheets.

Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

A Clinician's Guide

Author: Dennis Tirch,Laura R. Silberstein,Russell L. Kolts

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462530192

Category: Psychology

Page: 266

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This user-friendly guide to the basics of Buddhist psychology presents a roadmap specifically designed for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) practitioners. It explains central Buddhist concepts and how they can be applied to clinical work, and features numerous experiential exercises and meditations. Downloadable audio recordings of the guided meditations are provided at the companion website. Essential topics include the relationship between suffering and psychopathology, the role of compassion in understanding and treating psychological problems, and how mindfulness fits into evidence-based psychotherapy practice. The book describes an innovative case conceptualization method, grounded in Buddhist thinking, that facilitates the targeted delivery of specific CBT interventions.

A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self

Theory and Practice

Author: Louise McHugh,Ian Stewart,Priscilla Almada

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626251789

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

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The self plays an integral role in human motivation, cognition, and social identity. A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self translates this difficult—yet essential—therapeutic process into easy-to-apply steps and user-friendly language. For many clients, it's incredibly difficult to shed preconceived notions of “who they really are,” and negative perceptions of the self can lead to feelings of low self-worth that stand in the way of treatment. Furthermore, every client who partakes in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) must identify a self as part of their treatment, and clinicians often report that observing the self, or “self as context,” is the most difficult of all six core ACT processes. Problems with the self arise when clients orient themselves in the world and learn to relate to others, but these problems can vary considerably. For example, some clients may have deficits in developing a strong sense of self in the first place—particularly if they are diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Depressed clients or those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may develop a skewed, negative sense of self, and those with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) may develop an inflated sense of self. With this unique road map, you will learn to apply the complex theory of the self into everyday practice, and help all clients develop empathy, compassion, and flexible perspective taking—leading to better treatment outcomes and better lives for clients.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Author: John P. Forsyth,Georg H. Eifert

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626253366

Category: Self-Help

Page: 344

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Is anxiety and fear a problem for you? Have you tried to win the war with your anxious mind and body, only to end up feeling frustrated, powerless, and stuck? If so, you’re not alone. But there is a way forward, a path into genuine happiness, and a way back into living the kind of life you so desperately want. This workbook will help you get started on this new journey today! Now in its second edition, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety offers a new approach to your anxiety, fears, and your life. Within its pages, you’ll find a powerful and tested set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, trauma, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear. The book offers an empowering approach to help you create the kind of life you so desperately want to live. Based on a revolutionary approach to psychological health and wellness called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this fully revised and updated second edition offers compelling new exercises to help you create the conditions for your own genuine happiness and peace of mind. You’ll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. You’ll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear so that you can gain the space do what truly matters to you. Now is the time. Nobody chooses anxiety. And there is no healthy way to “turn off” anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. But you can learn to break free from the shackles of anxiety and fear and take back your life. The purpose of this workbook is to help you do just that. Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen. You can live better, more fully, and more richly with or without anxiety and fear. This book will show you the way. -- Recent studies support for the effectiveness of ACT-based self-help workbooks as a low-cost treatment for people experiencing anxiety. (Ritzert, T., Forsyth, J. P., Berghoff, C. R., Boswell, J., & Eifert, G. H. (2016). Evaluating the effectiveness of ACT for anxiety disorders in a self-help context: Outcomes from a randomized wait-list controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 47, 431-572.)

The Art & Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy

Helping Clients Discover, Explore, and Commit to Valued Action Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Author: JoAnne Dahl,Jennifer Plumb,Tobias Lundgren,Ian Stewart

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 157224626X

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy shows therapists how to help their clients discover and commit to their core values, a key process in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The book also presents the theory and research behind valuing in psychotherapy.

The Mindful Coach

Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development

Author: Doug Silsbee

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470579617

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Praise for The Mindful Coach "Success in business is predicated on eliciting the best from people. The Mindful Coach clearly articulates the essentials of how to do this. As someone who believes deeply in the potential of all people, I found Silsbee's approach both practical and profound. This is a must-read for everyone concerned with people and learning."—Arthur M. Blank, philanthropist; cofounder, The Home Depot; and owner and CEO, Atlanta Falcons "The Mindful Coach is not just another coaching model. It is a frame of reference for anyone involved in developing people. This highly readable book should serve as a reference for anyone genuinely concerned about helping others. It has had a significant impact on the way I approach coaching and developing others."—James N. Bassett, M.E?d., employee development, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations "The Mindful Coach digs deeply, offering a lens and structure for understanding the intimate and necessary connection between relationships and human development. No other skill set, knowledge, or awareness is more important to educators, leaders, and managers than what is presented in this precious volume."—Robert C. Pianta, Ph.D., dean, Curry School of Education, University of ?Virginia "This revised edition provides the structure for presence, through which new solutions become available. This book itself is a practice in the art of 'becoming,' while providing a clear action framework for powerfully engaging others with their own development. Silsbee has provided a gift to leaders, teachers, and coaches!"—Connie Maltbie-Shulas, manager, V-22 Training Systems, Boeing "This book has broad appeal not only for coaches, but also for managers, executives, and consultants. Leaders of all kinds can benefit from Silsbee's clear and caring process for bringing out the best in people. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to jump-start themselves and others on their journey to their potential."—Diana Whitney, Ph.D., author, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry "This is the guide for leaders committed to helping others learn. The seven roles will help any leader facilitate more meaningful development conversations. This new edition engaged me instantly, with immediate applications in key relationships."—Darelyn "DJ" Mitsch, MCC, president, The Pyramid Resource Group; former president, The International Coach Federation

Medical Informatics in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author: Parry, David,Parry, Emma

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1605660795

Category: Medical

Page: 428

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"This book describes a number of areas within women's health informatics, incorporating a technology perspective"--Provided by publisher.