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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change Hardcover – September 28, 2011

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"A 'must read' for everyone in the field of psychotherapy or behavior therapy, as well as students entering the profession. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of those rare books grounded in both creative, innovative theory and solid data. The significantly revised second edition reviews the growing body of research support for ACT and presents new developments in case conceptualization and treatment implementation."--David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

"Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition, presents new data and clinical insights and expresses the theoretical foundations of ACT in a fresh way. The original book was an extraordinary achievement; the second edition is even better. It shows exactly how basic science and therapeutic application can combine in the service of new and effective methods to alleviate suffering. This book is essential reading for all students and practitioners in clinical psychology, counseling, and psychiatry."--Mark Williams, DPhil, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Oxford University; Director, Oxford Mindfulness Center, United Kingdom

"Presents an influential approach to helping clients accept their thoughts and feelings and overcome experiential avoidance....The authors delineate a solid clinical rationale and provide clear guidelines for ACT implementation. A real strength of this book is the chapters on each stage of treatment, which detail a wealth of strategies and interventions and include excellent exercises, therapist-client dialogues, and pointers for practice."--Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada

"In the dynamic field of mindfulness-based therapies, this impressive book is a landmark contribution. The authors offer a sophisticated and wise approach to human transformation, one that has been validated by clinical research and honed by a wide range of clinical applications. This second edition is ideally suited for graduate-level courses in psychotherapy as well as for mental health practitioners. It offers a balance of rich theoretical context and clear, accessible guidance for applying ACT to a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties."--Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

"This second edition is perfectly timed, given the explosion of developments in the underlying theoretical principles and empirical research associated with this approach to treatment. The book is beautifully written and is an outstanding resource for clinician and researcher alike, whether novice or experienced. The principles of functional contextualism and relational frame theory are laid out in an easily understandable yet in-depth manner. The book's presentation of the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy--including practical guidance for implementing them in clinical practice--is simply superb. This is an excellent text for graduate students in clinical psychology."--Michelle G. Craske, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology and Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles

About the Author

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. His career has focused on the analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.
 
Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, is a primary care psychologist at Central Washington Family Medicine, in Yakima, Washington, where he is promoting the use of ACT in general medical practice with predominantly low-income underinsured or uninsured clients.
 
Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi, where he is also Director of the Center for Contextual Psychology and the ACT Treatment Development Group.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2nd edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609189620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609189624
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exciting ideas, well written.
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This book explains the ACT model clearly, describes the links between ACT and the basic science and gives plenty of practical suggestions for practitioners.
Rachel Collis
And if you have read the first edition... well, try this edition too, you wont be disappointed.
Fabian

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Fabian on December 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought that this would be a "classic" re-edition: rearranged chapters, updated research data, a new prologue and epilogue, nothing else.
I was wrong.
This is a second edition, but this is not the same book anymore. Is more readable, more polished, in one word, a more 'mature' book.

For instance, the chapter structure is completely different from the first edition; they're addressing brand new topics like the general strategy(research and practice), for the development of a psychology more adequate to the human condition (namely, the CBS strategy). In addition to the new ones, some topics that in the first book were more implicit now are addressed explicitly, like the therapeutic relationship, case conceptualization and the psychological flexibility model.

The first edition didnt include the always helpful hexaflex model, but this one goes through the six processes chapter-per-chapter, with lots of short clinical dialogues and examples, making it more clear and easy to understand for the clinicians.

ACBS has born and grown spectacularly in the last years, and this books reflects and adds support to that.

In sum, if you are giving your first steps in ACT, try this edition. And if you have read the first edition... well, try this edition too, you wont be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MindTx on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My greatest problem with this book was the style of writing - sentences and ideas did not flow and it seemed the authors struggled to communicate their ideas. So many poorly explained concepts were followed by "In other words..." only to be re-explained in a similarly unclear manner. There are some interesting ideas in this book, such as the reconceptualization of all psychological problems into the authors hexaflex model, and it's emphasis on the clients values. At it's most basic level, ACT is a Behavior Therapy which encourages clients to build new behavioral patterns. The problem, contend the authors, is not the content of cognitions, but the relationship the client has with those cognitions. By engaging in healthier behavioral patterns, the client develops healthier relationships with their cognitions. The book is peppered with helpful clinical vignettes and many nuggets of clinical wisdom. However in practice, I think the approach described in this book expects too much 'exposure therapy' from clients with insufficient clinical instruction on how to deal with overwhelming emotions. From the clinician, ACT requests a significant change in perspective, one which it failed to convince this CBTist to adopt. To those seeking novel ways to enrich their work with clients, I would recommend reading a book on ACT, but to look for one by different authors. The style of writing here makes it too time-consuming to absorb the ideas put forth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RJ Review on December 6, 2012
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Found book very thorough and well presented with material that could be integrated into my psychiatry and psychotherapy practice. Covers all aspects of ACT with good examples and well referenced. I've now read it through several times and always find to idea to integrate into my work.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Juan Sanguesa on May 8, 2012
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I am a clinical psychologist in private practice from Chile and I just finished the book.
I have been an enthusiast of mindfulness practice for a while, so I am interested in all the new approaches that throw some mindfulness in the therapy mix.
But as I read the book, it soon became clear to me that ACT is not just a regular-therapy-plus-mindfulness-elements. On the contrary, the authors present a detailed and thorough description of the philosophical and scientific foundations of the psychological flexibility model that ACT promotes, all of which clearly show that this is a new and coherent model of human functioning.
After reading this excellent book I have to express my admiration for such a great work and my enthusiasm, which I think is the same enthusiasm that others have felt and that the authors themselves describe in the final pages of the book:
"The enthusiasm comes because people are excited to find a model that applies to themselves, is broadly applicable to their clients, is based on a serious basic research program, and is reflected by the community itself."
If you are interested in learning about ACT... what are you waiting? buy this book NOW!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pryor123 on May 9, 2014
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ACT involves a new way of looking at the mind and at the process of change. I have read parts of this book over and over, and each time I go a little deeper into this new way of thinking. The book teaches you how to live with your symptoms of anxiety, depression and other problems and not be ruled by them. It teaches you to step back in the mind and practice mindful ways of dealing with serious mental problems. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReadsGreatBooks on June 16, 2014
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As a recent convert to ACT, I appreciate this manual. Unfortunately, it often is excessively verbose and preachy. It also needed to put more effort into practically explaining how to activate each process, instead of wasting the first hundred pages on a tangential language theory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sierk on November 11, 2014
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I am going through divorce after years of medical trauma. This book, combined with ongoing therapy, has been the most effective therapeutic regime, during the most stressful time I have ever encountered in my life.
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