This practical, easy-to-use book introduces the theory and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a key contextual third wave CBT approach. The book takes the reader through the therapeutic stages from start to end, showing how to use acceptance and mindfulness together with commitment and behaviour change strategies to improve mental health. This is a uniquely concise and clear introduction that does not require prior knowledge of the approach. It puts the emphasis on practical interventions and direct applicability in real practice; avoids jargon and complex language; is full of case examples to translate the theory into practice; includes key points and questions to test readers’ comprehension of the topics covered.
After reading this book, readers will be able to apply basic ACT interventions for common problems, and will know if they are interested in more in-depth training in ACT. This is a must-have overview of ACT for CBT trainees on graduate level courses in the UK and worldwide. It will also be of value to practitioners on ACT workshops and short courses, as preliminary or follow-up reading.
- Chapter 1: The ACT Conceptual Framework
- Chapter 2: The ACT Therapeutic Stance
- Chapter 3: Moving from Control to Willingness
- Chapter 4: Reducing the Hold of Language
- Chapter 5: Contacting the Present Moment
- Chapter 6: Identifying a Consistent Self-Perspective
- Chapter 7: Clarifying Individual Life Values
- Chapter 8: Building a Life through Committed Action
- Chapter 9: ACT for Anxiety
- Chapter 10: ACT for Depression
- Chapter 11: ACT for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
- Chapter 12: Special Considerations in Applying ACT