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Mindfulness and Acceptance: Expanding the Cognitive-Behavioral Tradition 1st Edition

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"One of the most important treatment developments in recent years has been the theoretical and empirical elaboration of mindfulness and acceptance into evidence-based cognitive-behavioral protocols. Books on this topic, however, have typically focused either on general theory or on clinical applications to narrow segments of psychopathology. Now Hayes, Follette, and Linehan--three of the most creative thinkers in this area--have produced a volume surveying the current status of these new intervention strategies across the wide spectrum of psychopathology. Anyone seeking to remain up to date on the applications of these exciting new procedures with a variety of client problems will want to have this book close at hand."--David H. Barlow, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and Department of Psychology, Boston University

"Some of today's most innovative scientist-practitioners provide an in-depth examination of the many ways that the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance are being integrated into cognitive-behavioral therapy, which hitherto has had little systematic contact with experiential therapies and Eastern philosophies. This book will be of interest to all mental health professionals concerned with enhancing therapeutic change in their patients and with furthering their own personal development. Provocative and at times very wise, this is 'must' reading for researchers and clinicians alike, inviting critical consideration of new and promising ideas and procedures. It is an appropriate text for graduate-level courses in psychotherapy, particularly within clinical psychology programs, and would serve as an excellent basis for a special-topic seminar on mindfulness and acceptance therapies."--Gerald C. Davison, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

"Addresses a new set of behavior therapies developed over ten years. The book covers nontraditional themes such as mindfulness, acceptance, values, spirituality, being in a relationship, focusing on the present moment, and emotional deepening....Novice readers can learn some basic techniques that are part of the ACT model....The book includes chapters for using ACT for specific purposes....I enjoyed reading the book. I really recommend it."
(Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter 2011-06-24)

"This excellent book provides a very readable overview of how the 'third wave' behavioral and cognitive therapies such as ACT, MBCT, and DBT are integrating the concepts of mindfulness, acceptance, the therapeutic relationship, values, spirituality, and meditation into a clinical practice....Heaving utilized some of the ideas with current clients, I would highly recommend this inspiring book to other clinicians as an aid to reflecting on their clinical practice. It is both a readable overview and a useful reference text of clinical wisdom and advances in research."
(Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling, and Psychotherapy 2011-06-24)

"Hayes et al. have produced a collection of applied research articles filled with golden nuggets of insights, research, and practice applications for a variety of common clinical issues. These scientist-practitioners continue to demonstrate that their variations of acceptance and change-based strategies have influenced in significant ways not only the traditional cognitive-behavioral based therapeutic traditions but have also—and most importantly—improved the quality of their client's lives."
(Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2011-06-24)

"The use of acceptance and mindfulness is an impressive array of authors and researchers in numerous domains including the treatment of refractory depression, trauma, generalized anxiety disorder, eating disorders, alcohol and drug use disorders, and couples therapy."
(Journal of Trauma Practice 2011-06-24)

"An excellent introduction."
(PsycCRITIQUES 2011-06-24)

"This volume would make an excellent text for a graduate level seminar on CBT and a valued addition to the bookshelf of many practitioners regardless of their theoretical persuasion."
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2011-06-24)

"This is an outstanding and potentially pivotal book, a unique series of therapeutic techniques emphasizing mindfulness, acceptance, values, spirituality, meditations, emotional deepening, focus on the present with an emphasis on the emerging therapeutic relationship....Hayes, Follette, and Linehan have recruited an impressive list of cutting-edge researchers and practitioners to provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art in what is being termed third generation behavior therapy....Any graduate doctorate program in psychology with a behavioral orientation wishing to insure contact with up-to-date thinking would need this book as part of its coursework. This book will be valuable to both starting therapists and those who have been in practice for many years....This book is highly valuable....The concepts and procedures developed are easily adapted to a child and adolescent population....Given the excitement within its pages and the profound impact it may have, it may represent one of the best values in books available today."
(Child & Family Behavior Therapy 2011-06-24)

"The book is a well-organized, visionary, and pragmatic presentation of multiple new concepts....This book is one not only to read but also to keep on the shelf for reopening by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health clinicians who treat, teach, and just enjoy a good adventure of expanding the mind."
(Psychiatric Services 2011-06-24)

"...a rich resource for surveying the theoretical and clinical implications of third-wave behavior therapies....A strength of this volume lies in the compilation of related theoretical models that appear to challenge our thinking about contemporary clinical science and practice."
(The Behavior Therapist 2011-06-24)

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 the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. Dr. Hayes has received awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Victoria M. Follette, PhD, is Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. She heads the Trauma Research Institute of Nevada, using a contextual behavioral approach to understanding the sequelae of trauma. Her areas of interest include taking science into applied treatment and mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches to treatment.
Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for persons with severe mental disorders and multiple diagnoses. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Linehan is the recipient of the 2012 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.



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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609189892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609189891
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Rodebaugh on December 22, 2006
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i found the other review of this book so perplexing, i felt i had to say something. this will be a very useful book to folks who are interested in how concepts of acceptance and mindfulness can be integrated with, or change for the better, cognitive behavioral treatments. if you have no idea what the previous sentence means, then you are probably not one of those folks!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bail on December 15, 2009
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It's been a long time coming, but mindfulness has gradually been recognized as an important element of living well. Marsha Linehan, originator of the very valuable Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) method and Stephen Hayes, originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are two of the editors of this volume, each representing a slightly different method of integrating mindful awareness with therapy.

Other authors who have done pioneering work on mindfulness and therapy include Dr.Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and psychologist Daniel Goleman who wrote about meditation thirty years ago, and more recently has pioneered work on "Emotional Intelligence."
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Haverly on April 29, 2011
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"Spirit and Science are holding hands." I am compelled to give my review of this book because the information contained breaks so much ground for CBT therapy and expands "scope of practice" constraints into promising new dimensions. The great value of the contributions to this volume is that they describe, define, and critique nontraditional themes such as mindfulness, acceptance, and spirituality in the context of integration and enhancement of established traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The marketplace demand for "evidence based" practices has heretofor shunned the nontraditional/complementary approaches for lack of empirical majesty. This volume is a wondedrful encouragement to future focused behavioral technologies that go beyond outworn assumptions about "conditioning". The chapters address trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and couple conflict. But you get the feeling this is just a beginning. I am encouraged by this book to greet these new technologies openly and to eagerly anticipate further work in this very fertile field. Bravo! This book has invigorated my hope that Spirit and Science will not look weird to us; walking hand in hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Tagliaferre on February 24, 2015
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While this book no doubt covers a lot of ground in applications for therapy, it falls short of the practical usefulness that is claimed for it. The references all are somewhat dated and the clinical descriptions leave much to the imagination because the details are missing or are buried in the professional jargon. Each contributor seems to be convinced they found something new but not really. All psychopathology can be traced to the stoics who discovered the cure for distress was to accept what is and change your thinking about it...which of course is straight out of Buddhism. Changes in human behavior occur when the subject concludes the benefits outweigh the burdens. But some things that are broken cannot be fixed. The links between behaviors, feelings, and thinking are still assumed to contain the pathway to acceptance through mindfulness...but this does nothing to change the circumstances that intrude upon personal tranquility from outside. There is a way to feel good inside no matter what happens is called theofatalism which offers the ADTD model of managing distress...but that requires a different kind of book. Theofatalism: Theology for Agnostics and Atheists
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bevucizamab on February 25, 2012
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I was very enthusiastically anticipating this book, but found it rather uniformly disappointing. I was hoping for a work that would describe the underlying mechanisms of these treatments. Instead I found a rather disorganised smattering of opinions of 'leaders' in the field, which had at best mediocre research findings to back their opinions. I did not find the book helpful or even interesting, and have only managed to read about half of it so far - a stark contrast to my usual experience with psychotherapy texts, which I normally devour with great gusto.
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