Other ACT Books

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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).

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the first ACT text for PTSD. I haven’t read it myself yet, but you can check out the review on Amazon.com by clicking on the image to the left.

Acceptance and Mindfulness at Work

Acceptance and Mindfulness at Work is the most comprehensive book on applying ACT principles to work settings. Sure to be an important book for those interested in applying the ACT model outside of the therapy realm. Sometimes ACT has been retermed Acceptance and Commitment Training for use in its non-clinical applications. ACT has been applied to work settings in a few clinical trials now and has done well compared to accepted, evidence-based approaches.

A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is the first edited book devoted to ACT. Chapters focus on theory, core competencies, case formulation, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, psychosis, multi-problem patients, children and families, stress/workplace, medical settings, chronic pain, and groups.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life is the first self-help book on ACT written by Steven Hayes, the primary originator of the ACT approach. This book is a great introduction to ACT for both professionals and non professionals. It has a lot of exercises and worksheets that allows you to work through the ACT process experientially on your own.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders is one of the most accessible books on ACT and shows some of the practical and theoretical developments that have occurred since the first book was written. This is a very important core ACT text and shows many good examples of ways to integrate values and acceptance/defusion in practice. It’s applicable beyond anxiety even though that’s its focus.

Relational Frame Theory

Relational Frame Theory thoroughly lays out the theory of Relational Frame Theory, the basic behavior analytic account of language and cognition that underlies ACT.  As a way to learn the detail of this theory, this book can’t be beat. But be warned, this is a hard read. Only for those truly dedicated to understanding ACT at a deep level. This book is worth reading after you’ve read several other ACT texts or are a researcher.

Learning ACT: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Book for Therapists

Learning ACT is a skills-training workbook for therapists wanting to learn ACT. It has lots of exercises and is the text that this web site was built to support.  It makes a great companion text for the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy book.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change

This is the first and most important book length treatment of ACT. As the core ACT text, it is the must have if you are learning ACT. It can be a bit technical at times, so Learning ACT can be helpful to bridge some of the gap between technical and nontechnical language.