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ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Paperback – November 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1572247055 ISBN-10: 1572247053 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572247053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572247055
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Russ Harris is an open, centered, and engaged teacher of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and, in ACT Made Simple, he succeeds in delivering a transparent account of a complex and powerful treatment. I recommend this book to mental health and medical providers and to their teachers.”
— Patricia J. Robinson, Ph.D., coauthor of Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care and The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression



“ACT Made Simple is simply the most accessible book written to date for therapists interested in learning ACT. Russ Harris explains ACT concepts in a style that is both engaging and straightforward. His advice on overcoming therapy roadblocks is invaluable and will be useful to both novice and experienced ACT practitioners.”
— Jason B. Luoma, Ph.D., psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center




“Perhaps the most elegant, easily digestible book on using the principles of mindfulness and acceptance to improve your own life and the lives of others. Inside are a litany of creative exercises and strategies that are ready for immediate use. But none of the benefits would be possible without the supportive, entertaining voice of Russ Harris. There is something new to be learned with each reading.”
— Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life




“ACT aims to increase psychological flexibility. Learn from this book and you'll be doing ACT rather than just talking about doing ACT. And you’ll be doing it with greaterflexibility.”
— Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP




“Let’s face it: psychological concerns are complex. If modern behavior therapy is to rise to the occasion of reducing human suffering, it will require a similarly intricate and comprehensive approach. ACT attempts to provide a multifaceted treatment model to address these complexities, and ACT Made Simple has risen to the occasion by reducing the difficulties in understanding the unique ACT approach. Harris’s expressive style is matchless. Comprehensive scientific and clinical literature rarely reads this well. This is a clear, understandable introduction to a powerful intervention approach. Many practitioners who are new to ACT will want to start with ACT Made Simple.”
— Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA, coauthor of ACT in Practice




“This much-needed book is a must for mental health clinicians interested in learning ACT. True to his physician roots, Harris has taken a very practical approach to understanding ACT. He does a wonderful job of taking complicated ACT concepts and making them easy to understand. His writing is full of wit, self-disclosure, and down-to-earth communication. Readers of this book will finish it with a much better understanding of core ACT principles and interventions.”
— Kirk D. Strosahl, Ph.D., coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression




“For newcomers to ACT, there is no better place to start than with this book. Russ Harris masterfully makes ACT come alive with an accessible writing style and illustrative examples of its application in alleviating a wide range of types of human suffering. Practical tips and homework assignments throughout will actively engage you to go beyond merely reading about ACT and begin to apply it to your own life and in your work with clients. For those who may have been holding out for ACT for Dummies, the wait is over. This book is for you!”
— Robert Zettle, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Wichita State University and author of ACT for Depression




“For those of you who train or supervise nurses, physicians, social workers, or other professionals unffamiliar with psychological lingo, ACT Made Simple is a must. Russ Harris has succeeded in the challenge of translating difficult psychological concepts embedded in ACT into plain, colorful, diverse language that anyone working clinically will understand. Each section is simply organized, easy to follow, and user-friendly. Harris has included highly useful sections of practical tips and common pitfalls that even the trained ACT therapist will find useful. I highly recommend ACT Made Simple as a primer for ACT training.”
— JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D., author of The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy




“ACT Made Simple is just that. Dr. Harris has, once again, written a very accessible book that should be read by all clinicians wanting to learn, engage, or otherwise implement ACT in their practices. This book is a must for ACT readers. My thanks to Dr. Harris for making ACT so user-friendly and understandable.”
— Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Couple

From the Publisher

Internationally-known acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer Russ Harris presents ACT Made Simple, a complete, accessible guide for therapists interested in understanding the ACT model and teaching core ACT principles to their clients.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to read and easy to understand.
Lesley Burg
Harris does an excellent job describing ACT in a simple and beautiful way and has provided a powerful and effective guide for using ACT in clinical settings.
aldous
Thank you, Mr. Harris, and thank you for the extra downloads that augment the book.
Frank Harper

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Schoendorff on October 29, 2009
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If you are a therapist intrigued by the new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and want to get a clear straightforward feel for what it's all about, look no further than this book.
Russ Harris explains in layman's language how and why mindfulness, Acceptance and Values underlie the ACT approach and illustrates how you can start applying it in your clinical practice today.
This is ACT made simple and engaging - but not simplistic.
ACT was invented by scientists and eggheads, with an unflinching devotion to getting the conceptual and scientific underpinnings right. This they largely did, but at times at the cost of intelligibility for the lay clinician. Don't get me wrong, I love the rigorous science and elegant theory behind ACT. But it may not be everyone's cup of tea on first contact with the work.
The genius of Russ Harris is to have written a Therapist Manual which, while remaining faithful to the underlying model and seamlessly grounded in theory, makes the approach luminous and common sense, a makes it relevant to your clincal practice. Not a mean feat when one considers the revolutionary approach that acceptance promotes : stop trying to get rid of unwanted feelings and thoughts, concentrate on moving in the direction of your values.
ACT made simple covers all the bases, promotes clinical flexibility and also carefully explores pitfalls and possible snags in applying ACT in your practice.
This is both therapist manual and workbook.
The best introduction to ACT as a clinical tool yet written.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By B. F. Thompson on June 11, 2010
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As a novice ACT therapist, this book has been amazing to use! it makes what can be quite challenging concepts a whole lot easier, and when I combined it with the DVD from another instructional on ACT, it's made the whole thing come alive. The readability of this book makes it an excellent, 'no-nonsense' approach to learning ACT. If you're at all curious about ACT, I'd go for this one first - you can use more complex texts once you've got through to the heart of the approach, and this book has the 'heart' in bucketloads.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Renee Hoekstra on August 10, 2010
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I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Boston, MA. Most of my practice is DBT skills groups. I am big fan of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (other "third wave" behavior therapies) but have had a bit less exposure to ACT.

I am always on the alert for good, practical content. This book is lovely. It's easy to integrate and have people do as assignments. It isn't cheesy by any means, in the way that a lot of "practical" CBT books for clients are. I have approached Steve Hayes' work a number of different times, including his workshops, but this book really clarifies essence of ACT interventions in a way that is ogranizing, clear, grounded, and practical. And provides lots of easy and complimentary stuff for DBT skills groups.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2010
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ACT Made Simple belongs in any psychology library where self-help techniques are strong, offering a new way to view acceptance and commitment therapy techniques. ACT is a proven effective treatment for everything from anxiety and depression to personality disorders and eating disorders, and offers a different way to view the human condition. This book packs in scripts, exercises and worksheets psychologists can use with clients, includes transcripts from therapy sessions, and is an important key to overcoming common therapy roadblocks. A powerful pick.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank Harper on February 5, 2011
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Nothing I have used so far in therapy has been as effective as ACT and mindfulness. I am constantly amazed how quickly ACT brings about positive change in people. I know everyone in the helping field is looking for that "magic technique," and I think this is as close as we're going to get. The results speak for themselves, and this book is by far one of the best. Thank you, Mr. Harris, and thank you for the extra downloads that augment the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harvey on December 2, 2012
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This was a great introduction to ACT for me. I like the author's writing and therapeutic style and felt I could relate to the case examples. I found it a concise introduction aimed at the therapist who is exploring ACT for the first time. I also appreciated the homework given at the end of each chapter.
This review is also designed to give some information about how the book works on the kindle. As a reader of non-fiction books on an e-ink Kindle (Kindle Touch) I'm always wondering how diagrams and some formatted text will make the transition. If you are buying this for a Kindle, know that there are some diagrams that will be difficult to read. I have good eyesight and could make almost everything out. Someone who has trouble with small print would probably be frustrated. And there were a few unreadable diagrams that were only marginally better (but readable) on cloud reader. Luckily the author has published most of the difficult to read text on his personal website. The bottom line: This is readable and useful on Kindle, but there are some frustrations.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geet on October 28, 2011
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Aimed at therapists, but very useful for clients who want to reinforce and get more practice with the principles of ACT. Easy to read, engaging, easy to follow, well-structured. Lots of real-life scenarios. Just enough jargon to give it weight and seriousness, but readability makes it a book to use as a daily reference.
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