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The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain Paperback – March 1, 2014
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The ceaselessly creative Donald Altman, in his never-ending quest to make mindfulness practice accessible to anyone motivated to learn it, has once again broached new ground in elaborating simple useful techniques for applying mindfulness in everyday life. The Mindfulness Toolbox is a veritable wonderland of user-friendly implements of mindfulness practice, all laid out to maximize a new (and maybe not-so-new) practitioner's ability to effectively use applied mindfulness. The Mindfulness Toolbox will be a tremendous aid and benefit to all people who practice and teach mindfulness. --Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, author of Brain Lock and You Are Not Your Brain
This is a must-have book for every therapist using mindfulness approaches with clients. From the 10 'Tips' thru the 40 'Tools', Donald Altman shares his considerable wisdom, along with a sense of respect for both the client -- and the therapist. At the same time, the material is presented in a light and very usable style, from the clear outlines to the many client handouts. --Jean L. Kristeller, PhD, research and clinical psychologist, and developer of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT)
In an era of high popularity for anything labeled with the word "Mindfulness", Altman has written a user-friendly and practical book that is as fun to read as it is helpful. He provides great handouts and suggestions for how to describe mindfulness to clients so that they can gain peace of mind when feeling anxious and optimism in the face of depression. Highly recommended. --John B. Arden, PhD, author of The Brain Bible
Mindfulness has swept through the mental health profession in the past several decades and plays a major role in important modalities such as DBT, ACT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and others. Whether or not you are trained in any of these modalities, The Mindfulness Toolbox by Donald Altman is the resource you need to strengthen your use of mindfulness with a wide variety of clients. His new book presents a comprehensive set of highly practical, effective techniques, tools and handouts that will enable you to skillfully utilize mindfulness in your clinical work. The easy-to-use interventions for anxiety, depression, stress and pain are described in clear language that reflects the kindness and beauty of mindfulness. --Terry Fralich, LPC, JD, author of The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness and Cultivating Lasting Happiness
About the Author
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. An adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, he is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology. A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal. His book The Mindfulness Code was named as One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010. He has also authored Meal by Meal, Living Kindness and his newest book One Minute Mindfulness. In addition to his books, Donald was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children s television ( The Magic Door , CBS, Chicago), won an American Medical Writer s Association Award, co-created the first interactive comic strip on America Online, and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine, among others. Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. Donald is also a member of the Burma Buddhist Association. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.