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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Process-Focused Guide to Treating Anorexia and Bulimia (Professional) Hardcover – February 3, 2011
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What's great about this book is that it is compassionate and client-centered. it shows you how to stay mindfully present with the client and how to understand the situation that gave rise to their problematic pattern of eating. It also allows you to focus on the clients values, rather than on having to enforce values from outside ("You must eat").
The book gives an excellent grounding in basic behavioral theory. It is process oriented, which means it teaches you what processes to target, rather than requiring you to do particular techniques. Not every technique is going to be appropriate to every client. The great thing about a process focus is that you can use techniques or flexibly invent your own, depending on what the client needs. For example, there are probably a thousand ways to help clients become more mindful and flexible with their body image. This book shows you how.
I love that the book has a sample protocol to show you how ACT might look with your client. I also found the additional resources at the end of the book to be most helpful. These include client questionnaires and handouts, and therapist tools
This is a must-buy for anybody who wants to use ACT, mindfulness, or intuitive eating principles with their clients.
If you've used DBT in treating eating disorders, but haven't seen the best outcomes, try ACT! It has some similar elements, including mindfulness, but it adds much more in terms of examining values and adding value to life. There are other books about ACT for other diagnoses, but I like the way this one is organized and written.
However, and much more importantly, I find, it also presents a badly needed alternative to DSM classification, and one that I have found clinically hig relevant - as well as respectful for the client.
And... there's so much dedication and compassion oozing out from the pages, mixed with high quality theorizing.
It may take some slow reading and "chewing" for those not familiar with the ACT model, but then readers will find this rich and wholesome "food for thought" and for feeling and action.
Those working with this stigmatized group will appreciate how important all this is, and feel challenged maybe and surely inspired.
"The goal in ACT for eating disorders is psychological flexibility with the purpose of facilitating valued living. ACT targets broad behavior change, not in the sense of reducing eating disorder symptoms but in the sense of changing the dominant functions of the behavioral repertoire. ACT is about shifting life towards the things an individual cares about. The therapeutic stance in act is about making a place for that shift to occur.... ACT therapists help clients to interact more effectively with the things in their lives that hurt the worst and the things that mean the most." (pp. 59-61).
The crux of making this shift is to help the client develop psychological flexibility--the ability to "actively and openly contact their ongoing experiences in the present moment as fully conscious human beings, without defense and as it serves their chosen values." (p. 17). In other words, "ACT focuses on building valued living in the present, without the world of the individual having to change." (p. 117)
With clear explanations and illustrative clinical applications, the book masterfully teaches the six clinical components involved in helping eating-disordered clients develop this psychological flexibility:
1. Present moment focus--employing flexible and focused attention to ongoing events
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