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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change

ISBN-10: 1572309555
ISBN-13: 9781572309555
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 7/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Problem and the Approach
The Dilemma of Human Suffering
The Underlying Assumptions of the Psychological Mainstream
The Assumption of Destructive Normality
The Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of ACT
Why the Level of Technique Is Not Adequate
The Need for Philosophy
Functional Contextualism
Relational Frame Theory and Rule Governance: The View of Language Underlying ACT
Summary: Implications of Functional Contextualism, Rule Governance, and Relational Frame Theory
The ACT Model of Psychopathology and Human Suffering
The System That Traps People
The Pervasiveness of Experiential Avoidance
The Destructive Effects of Experiential Avoidance
When Experiential Avoidance Can't Work
How Humans Get Drawn into a Struggle
ACT: Accept, Choose, Take Action
ACT as a Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Concluding Remarks
A Personal Exercise for Therapists
Clinical Methods
Creative Hopelessness: Challenging the Normal Change Agenda
Theoretical Focus
Clinical Focus
Informed Consent
Drawing Out the System
Confronting the System: Creative Hopelessness
Barriers to Giving Up the Unworkable System
Letting Go of the Struggle as an Alternative
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Progress to the Next Phase
Personal Work for the Clinician
Clinical Vignette
Client Homework
Control Is the Problem, Not the Solution
Theoretical Focus
Clinical Focus
Giving the Struggle a Name: Control Is the Problem
How Emotional Control Is Learned
Examine the Apparent Success of Control
The Alternative to Control: Willingness
The Cost of Unwillingness
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Progress to the Next Stage
Personal Work for the Clinician: Is Control the Problem?
Clinical Vignette
Client Homework
Building Acceptance by Defusing Language
Theoretical Focus
Clinical Focus
Attacking the Arrogance of Words
Deliteralizing Language
Undermining Reasons as Causes
Disrupting Troublesome Language Practices
Evaluation versus Description
Willingness: The Goal of Deliteralization
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Progress to the Next Stage
Personal Exercise for the Clinician: Your Views of Yourself
Clinical Vignette
Client Homework
Discovering Self, Defusing Self
The Theoretical Focus: Varieties of Self
Clinical Focus
Undermining Attachment to the Conceptualized Self
Building Awareness of the Observing Self
Experiential Exercises with the Observing Self
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Progress to the Next Phase
Personal Work for the Clinician: Is Your Self Getting in the Way?
Clinical Vignette
Valuing
Theoretical Focus
Clinical Focus
Valuing: A Point on the Compass
Outcome Is the Process through Which Process Becomes the Outcome
Values Clarification: Setting the Compass Heading
Assessment of Values, Goals, Actions, and Barriers
Willingness to Have Barriers and Barriers to Willingness
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Progress to the Next Phase
Personal Work for the Clinician: Taking a Direction
Clinical Vignette
Willingness and Commitment: Putting ACT into Action
The Client's Quandary and the Way Out
Theoretical Focus
Clinical Focus
Experiential Qualities of Applied Willingness
Reconnecting with Values, Goals, and Actions
Committed Action as a Process
Committed Action Invites Obstacles
A Map for the Journey: FEAR and ACT
Primary Barriers to Committed Action
ACT as a Behavior Therapy
Termination and Relapse Prevention
Therapeutic Do's and Don'ts
Personal Work for the Clinician: Committed Action
Clinical Vignette
Client Homework
Using Act
The Effective ACT Therapeutic Relationship
Positive Leverage Points in ACT
Negative Leverage Points in ACT
The Therapeutic Relationship
Summary
ACT in Context
The Relevance of ACT in the 21st Century
References
Index

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