ACT books for therapists

Learning RFT

Learning RFT is the first book that relates the basics of Relational Frame Theory in an accessible way and is intended for practicing clinicians. This is sure to become a classic for people interested in delving more into the basic theory behind ACT.

ACT Made Simple

ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the core books that any new ACT therapist should get. Its a great place to start your learning of ACT. Very accessible and avoids much of the technical language that can be useful for more experienced ACT therapists, but which can get in the way of learning at first. Much recommended.

Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy is a great book for improving your skills as an ACT therapist. A master therapist and ACT trainer writes a personal book that is engaging and also incorporates technical material in a manner that is accessible and fun to read. One of the new core books for those interested in learning ACT.

Acceptance & Mindfulness Treatments for Children & Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide

Acceptance & Mindfulness Treatments for Children & Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide is the book for people who are interested in applying ACT to this age group.

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy is the most comprehensive description of using values in psychotherapy that I am aware of. If you are wanting to learn how values are used in ACT or might be used in other therapies, this really is the best source.

Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain outlines an ACT based approach to chronic pain.

Talking ACT

Talking ACT gathers the accumulated wisdom of a few years of interaction on the ACT listserv into one accessible source. Sure to be a wealth of information for those wishing to delve deep into ACT and have many questions answered.

ACT in Practice

Act in Practice  is a book for therapists focusing on case conceptualization from an Acceptance and Commitmetn Therapy perspective. It covers some of the basics of behaviora analysis and shows how to use functional analysis in the context of ACT.

Acceptance And Commitment Therapy For Chronic Pain

Acceptance And Commitment Therapy For Chronic Pain focuses on the application of ACT to chronic pain specfically and also includes some information working with professionals using ACT. This book focuses heavily on values interventions and so can be a good resource for those wanting to learn more about using values in ACT.

ACT for Depression

ACT for Depression is the first book on ACT for depression. The author has published two randomized trials providing support for the use of ACT for depression with ACT performing equivalently to or better than cognitive therapy (the current gold standard for depression).