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.
Diabetes requires knowledge about proper self-care in order to prevent health complications, so hospitals frequently offer courses in diabetes self-management. However, managing diabetes requires a lot more than simply knowing what to do, it also takes overcoming the emotional barriers to living healthy. A recent randomized clinical trial shows how ACT can help with these [...]
How long can you hold your breath? If you are a smoker, the results of this test would predict the likelihood of being successful at quitting those cigarettes. This is not because holding your breath is related to your lung capacity. Rather, it has something to do with distress tolerance. We probably all know someone [...]
Have you ever wondered why ACT experts encourage experiential workshops as part of the training regimen? There are a few answers to this question, but a new study out of Germany suggests that mindfulness training can help therapists be generally better at what they do. Therapy is complex. Consider all the possible sources of information [...]
A blog called Psychotherapy Brown Bag has done a good job of reviewing a recent paper which continues to add to the pile of evidence on the centrality of experiential avoidance in maintaining a variety of psychological disorders. This paper is about the Trichotillomania and is worth a read. Here's what they had to say [...]
Fresh data on ACT and RFT seem to be surfacing almost continuously these days. In this edition of our newsletter, we are especially intrigued by a forthcoming article on the use of ACT with children experiencing chronic pain. One of the distinctions that we often make as ACT therapists with our clients is that between [...]
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a really great, user friendly workbook for people who anxiety and worry. It presents material in a step-by-step fashion that is easy to digest and try out on your own.
The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living. This self-help book breaks down the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and presents them in an easy to understand manner.
The Hexaflex Dimensional Approach to Diagnosis and the ACT ADVISOR Psychological Flexibility Measure are both relatively new iterations of the Hexaflex that have exciting applications for ACT clinicians. Let’s take a look at them… […]
A few months ago I gave an introductory lecture on the ACT concept of defusion to a group of professionals that are participating in an online learning community called Practice Ground, led by Kelly Koerner, a well-known trainer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Make sure you check out part 1 before you listen to part 2, [...]