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Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Sonja Batten - United States Department of Veterans Affairs

March 2011 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'The literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is vast but if you want to dig down to the essentials of ACT you've found the right volume. Nothing central is left out and nothing unnecessary is left in. Written by one of the world's experts on ACT, this book delivers. Highly recommended.'

Dr Steven C. Hayes, Foundation Professor, University of Nevada

This practical, easy-to-use book introduces the theory and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a key contextual third wave CBT approach. The book takes the reader through the therapeutic stages from start to end, showing how to use acceptance and mindfulness together with commitment and behaviour change strategies to improve mental health. This is a uniquely concise and clear introduction that does not require prior knowledge of the approach. It

· puts the emphasis on practical interventions and direct applicability in real practice

· avoids jargon and complex language

· is full of case examples to translate the theory into practice

· includes key points and questions to test readers' comprehension of the topics covered.

After reading this book, readers will be able to apply basic ACT interventions for common problems, and will know if they are interested in more in-depth training in ACT. This is a must-have overview of ACT for CBT trainees on graduate level courses in the UK and worldwide. It will also be of value to practitioners on ACT workshops and short courses, as preliminary or follow-up reading.

Sonja Batten is a clinical psychologist who works on mental health policy for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The ACT Conceptual Framework
The ACT Therapeutic Stance
Moving from Control to Willingness
Reducing the Hold of Language
Contacting the Present Moment
Identifying a Consistent Self-Perspective
Clarifying Individual Life Values
Building a Life through Committed Action
ACT for Anxiety
ACT for Depression
ACT for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
Special Considerations in Applying ACT

An excellent beginning text on ACT.

Ms Leslie Hayes
Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
February 6, 2013

This book captured my interest and makes suitable supplementary reading for our students.

Mrs Denise Hardy
Dept of Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
January 28, 2013

Useful book tapping into 3rd wave CBT therapies. A bit long-winded at the start but rewards persistence

Dr Matt Birks
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
August 6, 2012

This book provides the foundations of the ACT form of therapy and is a useful resource to accompany the delivery of lecture material. Students who are interested in learning more about this specific approach to therapy will be advised to purchase the text.

Dr Victoria Galbraith
Psychology , Worcester University
December 22, 2011

An excellent introduction to the basic concepts of ACT, supplemented with a good range of practice exercises. The Author is clearly comfortable and familiar with her subject, as this is reflected in her writing style, which is warm and engaging.

Mr Armin Luthi
Health and Social care sciences, Saint Georges
November 25, 2011

I really enjoyed this text and feel it provides a fantastic grounding in this area. However, this topic is not central to undergraduate courses and it is best suited to the MSc students, whom I will certainly recommend it to.

Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson
Health and Life Sciences, The University of the West of England
September 28, 2011

I really enjoyed this text and feel it provides a fantastic grounding in this area. I will certainly recommend to students as part of my lecture on third wave therapies.

Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson
Health and Life Sciences, The University of the West of England
September 28, 2011

Sonja Batten

Dr. Sonja Batten currently serves as the Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine. Dr. Batten has previously served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the coordinator for the Trauma Recovery Programs for the VA Maryland Health Care System, and Associate Director for Women's Health Research at Yale. More About Author

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