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A CBT Practitioner's Guide to ACT: How to Bridge the Gap Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Paperback – December 3, 2008
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If recent professional publications and conferences are any indication, acceptance- and mindfulness-based therapies are the future of clinical psychology. A CBT-Practitioner's Guide to ACT helps professionals whose clinical educations focused on traditional, change-based cognitive behavior therapies navigate the practical and theoretical challenges that come with the switch to the more promising, acceptance-based strategies.
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This book provides one of the clearest, succinct explanations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). More importantly, every chapter is filled with ready-to-use exercises with clients. This includes descriptions of how to explain these exercises and hand-outs that you can give to people. After any chapter, you will be ready to infuse your clinical work with new strategies and techniques. If you are interested in the larger picture of what it means to be a therapist with an orientation toward acceptance and mindfulness, then this book offers answers.
One of the criticisms of modern books that focus on mindfulness is that it has all been said before (see any entry on Buddhism). This criticism cannot be levied against this book. There are original ideas, original exercises, and an original commentary of the shared space between cognitive-behavioral treatments and mindfulness based treatments.
Here you can find the art and science of how to create a life that is more invigorating and meaningful. It should be on the shelves of every practitioner and every person trying to add additional layers of meaning to their own lives.
The authors of this book clearly and adeptly describe areas of overlap and distinction between ACT and so-called `first wave' CBT. They offer great insights and practical strategies for adapting CBT technology for the purpose of promoting acceptance and effective action in therapy. The book contains loads of client worksheets and exercises that are extremely useful for clinicians and which enable client's to document personal aspects of therapeutic process and progress. Also included are many humorous and compelling cartoons that provide an ingenious means of visually conveying critical ACT principles - making them easier to understand and remember. Also worth mention is the authors' invitation to self-exploration - a vital aspect of therapeutic work - and inclusion of relevant facilitative exercises.
The clinical methods laid out in this book are not only empirically supported, but they also have intuitive appeal for use in the treatment of a wide range of clinical and non-clinical human behavioural problems. A CBT Practitioner's Guide to ACT is the book I have been hoping someone would publish. I only wish I had come to this knowledge earlier on in my clinical practice. I look forward to having it shape my future work with clients.