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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]

Joseph V. Ciarrochi , Ann Bailey
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1 Jan 2009 1572245514 978-1572245518
Interest in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is expanding rapidly. Many of those who are interested in ACT are trained using a mechanistic cognitive behavioural therapy model (or 'MCBT'). Utilizing both ACT and MCBT together can be difficult, because the approaches make different philosophical assumptions and have different theoretical models. The core purpose of this book is to help provide a bridge between ACT and MCBT. The emphasis of this book will be applied psychology, but it will also have important theoretical implications. This book will highlight where ACT and MCBT differ in their predictions, and will suggest directions for future research. It will be grounded in current research and will make clear to the reader what is known and what has yet to be tested.The authors acknowledge that practitioners often have little interest in extended discussions of philosophy and theory. Thus, their discussion of functional contextualism and RFT is grounded clearly in clinical practice. They talk about what functional contextualism means for the practitioner in the room, with a particular client. They describe how RFT can help the practitioner to understand the barriers to effective client action.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245518
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD, is professor of psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.Ann Bailey, MA, is an experienced acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioner and supervisor who developed an award winning public mental health service for the treatment of borderline personality disorder and anxiety disorders. The therapeutic models used in this service integrate ACT, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and practical exposition of ACT 5 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As many therapists are coming from CBT into ACT this is a very helpful book in clarifying the differences and similarities in the philosophies of the 2. CBT is mechanically based and seeks to improve accuracy of thoughts. ACT is relationally based and seeks to improve workability of behaviours.Both have radically different ideas about the place of emotion too. CBT seeks to make you feel better, ACT aims to help you lead a fulfilling life of your choosing no matter how you feel.(which most likely will lead to you feeling better in a more sustainable way but "feeling better" is seen as a side effect of living a fulfilling life in ACT not an aim)
There are plenty practical exercises too. There is an especially useful chapter at the back of the book that summarises what execises might be good for what purpose so a handy quick reference. The book is not a good size to photocopy but you can download a full set of worksheets from the publishers' website.
The authors try to hold an acceptant position of both therapies but of course they end up pointing out the shortcomings of CBT and how ACT can overcome these. Their position is something like - try CBT and if it works - great. If not then here is something even better to try.
ACT utilises bits from other therapies and from mindfulness. There is much that might be familiar to the solution focussed therapist, the narrative therapist, even the transactional analysis therapist. There are also elements of NLP and Gestalt, oh and meditation too.
Other mindfulness/cbt hybrids can seem awkwardly bolted together but ACT has a real flow to it. This is a practical book to help you get into that radically different flow from CBT land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building Bridges And Improving Therapy 1 Dec 2008
By Dr. Russell Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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Just wanted to give a big thumbs up to "A CBT Practitioner's Guide To ACT" by Joe Ciarrochi and Ann Bailey. They have done a superb job of building bridges between ACT and CBT, honoring and appreciating both models, and looking openly and honestly at areas of overlap and areas of differences, without judging either one as "better" or "superior" to the other. They also show how you can use ACT techniques to enhance your CBT while staying within that model, or, if you choose to move from the CBT model to the ACT model, how you can bring most of CBT with you, (provided you tweak certain parts of it, and make the philosophical shift from mechanism to contextualism). Of particular interest to me was the section on differences and similarities in exposure, as done in each model. Another really fascinating section of the book looks at where RFT would predict cognitive challenging to be effective, and where RFT predicts it would be ineffective. Also some great stuff in here tying ACT with emotional intelligence, and some truly excellent handouts and worksheets for clients. And as if all that wans't enough, there are stacks of new metaphors and techniques and worksheets, and plenty of humor and funny cartoons thrown in. Also some very accessible writing about RFT, which is a huge achievement in and of itself. I went to bed at 11pm last night intending to read the opening chapter, and found myself still reading away at 3 am. I'm knackered, but it was well worth it. An absolutely essential read for anyone with one foot in each camp, or for those eager to learn more about similarities and differences between these two powerful and effective models.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Providing new skills and techniques for improving people's lives 2 Feb 2009
By Todd B. Kashdan - Published on Amazon.com
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Most clinicians and researchers writing books underestimate the scope of their audience. Reading the title of this book, you would think it's only relevant to you if you are a practitioner or if you are unsure whether mindfulness and acceptance based treatments are going to improve the welfare of your clients. Ignore the title of this book. If you are in any helping profession, this book is going to be useful for you. If you want to improve your own life, this book is going to be far more useful than the vast majority of self-help books on the market. If you are looking to help a friend, family member, or romantic partner, this book offers insights for how to intervene. If you are a scientist and want to better understand the notions of mindfulness, acceptance, and living in a way aligned with important values, this book is going to open up new insights. Once again, ignore the title of this book and just start reading.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all practitioners and teachers! 5 July 2009
By Emma Hanieh - Published on Amazon.com
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A CBT Practitioner's Guide to ACT is an incredibly valuable book that is written in a very easily digestible and useful format for clinicians and teachers. The authors have structured this book in such a way that you don't have to finish reading every chapter before being able to implement their techniques and exercises. This makes it an incredibly useful supplement to therapists already existing skills, and a wonderful way of enriching what you may already be doing with clients. Even more exciting than that is the way the authors have managed to weave these two therapies together in a way that is so wonderfully respectful and clever, allowing the reader to choose for themselves what is valuable to them from each model. A fantastic read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring great therapy 21 Sep 2009
By Claire Godsell - Published on Amazon.com
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This publication is an inspiring read and a great therapeutic guide for any clinician. It particularly speaks to those like myself that have largely trained in traditional CBT and that are drawn to ACT, who grapple with the challenges of learning to practice ACT creatively and with integrity.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource 28 Dec 2009
By Carol A. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I will use this book in my work. I have only read through it quickly so far, but liked what I saw. I have always been a CBT practitioner, and was intrigued by the combination of ACT and CBT.
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