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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


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Part I: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of ACT. ACT, Human Suffering and Experiential Avoidance. Developments Within CBT: ACT and the Third Wave of Behaviour Therapy. Functional Contextualism. Relational Frame Theory. Acceptance. Cognitive Defusion. Self as Context. Contact with the Present Moment. Commitment. Values. Mindfulness and Behaviour Change: Toward Psychological Flexibility. ACT and CBT: Assumptive Differences. ACT and CBT: Strategic & Technical Differences. Empirical Matters. Part II: The Distinctive Practical Features of ACT. Overview of ACT's Therapeutic Strategies. ACT-Based Case Conceptualization. Examining the Workability of the Control/Avoidance Agenda. Creative Hopelessness. Control is the Problem, Not the Solution. Introducing Willingness as the Alternative to Control. Promoting Active Acceptance. Cognitive Defusion I: Altering Language Conventions. Cognitive Defusion II: Objectifying Psychological Content. Cultivating Mindfulness to Promote Contact with the Present Moment. Contacting the Self-as-context. Clarifying Values. Values-based Goal and Action Planning. Building Larger Patterns of Committed Action. ACT in Groups and Non-clinical Contexts. ACT's Therapeutic Stance.

About the Author

Paul E. Flaxman is Senior Lecturer in Psychology, City University, London. J. T. Blackledge is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Morehead State University, USA. Frank W. Bond is Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London


"Overall, Flaxman and colleagues do an excellent job of describing the ACT concepts, techniques, and strategies and how they can be practically applied. This volume will be beneficial to clinicians who are new to the field, as well as to those experienced clinicians who want to gain more in-depth knowledge." - PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 56, October 2011

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