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Assessing Mindfulness and Acceptance Processes in Clients: Illuminating the Theory and Practice of Change (The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series) Hardcover – May 1, 2010


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  • Series: The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Context Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246942
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Informed by the maxim that you can’t study what you can’t see, Baer’s book provides the necessary psychometric underpinning to further our understanding of core change processes in mindfulness-based interventions."
—Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and author of The Mindful Way Through Depression



"Mindfulness meditation has become a leading clinical intervention for clients with multiple problems, ranging from pain and physical discomfort (mindfulness-based stress reduction) to mental health problems such as depression (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). Although mindfulness training has been shown to be effective in various clinical outcome studies, questions have been raised about the mechanisms of change that help explain these successful results. This new book, edited by Ruth Baer, provides a variety of perspectives on potential mechanisms of change, including decentering, psychological flexibility, values processes, emotion regulation, self-compassion, and spiritual engagement. I highly recommend this book as a cutting-edge approach to understanding mindfulness and acceptance processes in clients."
—G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Washington and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center



"Ruth Baer has consistently been at the forefront of careful study of the efficacy of mindfulness-based treatments. In this edited volume, she provides readers with a thoughtful review of a crucial area of study: potential mechanisms that may underlie the efficacy of mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapies. Each chapter provides a conceptual and empirical review of a relevant process (e.g., decentering, emotion regulation), as well as relevant assessment methods. This kind of attention to the reasons why mindfulness-based intervention may be beneficial will help stimulate informative research in the area and also help clinicians provide therapy that enhances these important skills."
—Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts and coauthor of Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice



"In this comprehensive and much-needed book, Ruth Baer and colleagues present the most up-to-date findings on exactly how mindfulness and acceptance might work to increase psychological well-being. An excellent resource not only for mindfulness researchers and practitioners, but for anyone interested in what leads to mental health and emotional balance."
—Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of Mindful Motherhood



"A fascinating journey to the heart of what actually changes in mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment. Ruth Baer and her colleagues offer a brilliant and careful review of one of the most exciting areas of behavioral research in decades. This book is highly recommended for psychotherapists, health care professionals, and anyone seeking the very latest scientific understanding of psychological change."
—Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion



"A cutting edge text which responds with rigor and clarity to the salient questions in the field of mindfulness-based interventions, namely, what are the mechanisms and processes of change? And how can these processes be assessed? Baer does an excellent job weaving different perspectives and theories from a wide range of experts to provide a pioneering response to these compelling questions."
—Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D., coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness



"This is an important and timely book. Ruth Baer has brought together international experts in the clinical and research fields to build a critically important bridge between ancient wisdom and modern psychological science. This book will be essential reading for students, researchers, and practitioners of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches."
—Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression

From the Publisher

In Assessing Mindfulness and Acceptance Processes in Clients, well-known psychology researcher Ruth Baer and eleven other contributors including Kelly Wilson, Lizabeth Roemer, and Jean Kristeller examine how mindfulness works, explain how to measure mindfulness in clients, and explore how mindfulness can account for improvements in psychological functioning.

More About the Author

Hello! I'm the author of a new book about mindfulness and how it will help you find true happiness and well-being:

The Practicing Happiness Workbook: How Mindfulness Can Free You from the Four Psychological Traps that Keep You Stressed, Anxious, and Depressed (published in the US by New Harbinger Publications).

I'm a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. The book is based on my experience as a researcher, teacher, clinical psychologist, supervisor, and practitioner of mindfulness and mindful yoga. I do research on mindfulness and have published many articles for academics and professionals. I also teach and supervise mindfulness-based treatments, and I've given talks and workshops about mindfulness in many countries around the world.

Mindfulness is so beneficial for so many people that I wanted to share what I've learned in a book for the general public. Practicing Happiness was written for anyone who would like to reduce their levels of stress, anxiety, and depression and find more meaning, satisfaction, and happiness in life. It explains how practicing mindfulness can help you reach these goals. The book is written in clear language, with no jargon, and is full of worksheets, exercises, and personal stories of people who have benefitted from practicing mindfulness. I hope you find it useful.

The book is also published in the United Kingdom, by Constable and Robinson, with a slightly different title:

Practising Happiness: How Mindfulness Can Free You from Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want.

The British version can be purchased from the British Amazon website: www.amazon.co.uk.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judi Tota M.S. LCAT on June 6, 2010
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For the health professional or psychologically-minded meditation practitioner, who wants to understand what it is about Mindfulness that creates psychological well-being, and how this change comes about. Ruth Baer presents the key points in language that is focused and clear, and a form that is brief. Like a carefully-aimed arrow, this book hits the mark in enhancing our understanding!
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