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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606239996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606239995
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 25.1 cm
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"This is the shape of things to come - a book that should be read by every clinician and clinical trainee who wants to stay abreast of advances in psychological treatments." - David H. Barlow, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

"Wide ranging in its coverage and grounded in its delivery, this book illustrates the nuts and bolts of mindfulness- and acceptance-based clinical care without straying far from the authors' behavioral roots. This impressive volume will prove indispensable to therapists, students, and researchers eager to learn about the promise these models hold." - Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

About the Author

Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts – Boston, USA, and Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, Department of Psychology, Suffolk University, Boston, USA

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This is a book to pick up and put down, not read straight though. A great help for those in stydy mode and in the professional field.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938bef78) out of 5 stars wonderful resource 1 Jun. 2009
By Amy W. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredibly accessible, practical, and useful application of an acceptance based approach to behavior therapy. Roemer and Orsillo cull the empircally-supported commonalities across acceptance based behavior therapies and present a comprehensive approach to treatment. Though many of their examples pertain to the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, their approach to case formulation and treatment is applicable to a wide range of disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder. Included are multiple exercises, handouts, and worksheets that add to the overall utility of the manual. The clarity and scientific rigor of this book make it a must read for any professional or student interested in state-of-the-art, evidenced based practice for psychiatric disorders.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c7cf78) out of 5 stars Excellent resource 15 May 2009
By Sarah Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This extremely well written book combines both a review of the theory behind acceptance-based approaches to anxiety disorders as well very practical information for doing this therapy. It is filled with handouts, anecdotes, and metaphors making it a very useful resource for both those who are and those who are not already familiar with mindfulness- and acceptance-based strategies. I have been using this approach with a number of my clients and can't believe how well it fits their experience. I've already recommended it to a number of colleagues and believe that it should be part of every therapists library.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c7a210) out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Beginning and Seasoned Therapists 23 Jun. 2009
By Michele F. Larrow - Published on Amazon.com
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Drs. Roemer and Orsillo have written a book that is an excellent resource for therapists who are new to acceptance and mindfulness approaches and those who have been using these approaches longer. They offer a comprehensive integration of ACT, DBT, and several mindfulness-approaches. I especially like that they include an emphasis on emotions and emotion regulation drawing from the work of Leslie Greenberg and others. There are several chapters that offer new insights for therapists at all levels of experience. The chapters on assessment and individualized case formulation offer several ways to look at client functioning and make a case presentation that connects to theory, but is specific to that person. The chapters on setting the stage for therapy and presenting the model focus on the therapeutic relationship and how the therapist and client both struggle with the same complexities of being human. There are numerous exercises and handouts that may be copied for use with clients and the clinical vignettes are helpful. The final chapter on cultural considerations (written with Jonathan Lee and Cara Fuchs) covers adapting therapy for clients from different backgrounds. I will use this book for training psychology interns in our internship program. Overall, I highly recommend this book for both therapists and graduate students.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c354a4) out of 5 stars Roemer, L. & Orsillo, S. M. Mindfulness 25 Sept. 2009
By G. Anne Vanderlaan - Published on Amazon.com
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Mindfulness Acceptance Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice provides an integrated structure for incorporating acceptance and mindfulness for cognitive-behavioral therapy. The book guides the therapist using evidence-based and researched therapies with individualized cases to help clients seeking treatment for maladaptive relationships regarding internal occurrences. An example is a client with a lack of awareness of where his or her judgment is clouded or having problems with fusion. The problem is experiential avoidance followed by behavioral constriction. The second problem the client might have is experiential avoidance, while the third is behavioral constriction. The book does not provide a protocol for the treatment or focus on one type of acceptance-based models. The principle diagnosis used with these guidelines are clients who have generalized anxiety disorder. The mindful approach is taken from Kabat-Zinn's (2005) method from Buddhist practice, using the concept of being present in the moment and also being aware of looking at the internal and the external issues by using acceptance.
Chapter one focuses on the client's avoidance of experiences, thoughts, and emotions. The book uses the term acceptance-based behavioral therapies (ABBTs) to define the therapy used. The central point of ABBT is being unambiguous or unswervingly focusing on the type of the client's connection to the internal and the methods used to facilitate change and augment the client's quality of life. The authors also includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT) as well as other kinds of acceptance methods of treatment. The first chapter also outlines methods for assessing clients.
Chapter two explains the process of developing case conceptualization when treating clients in the assessment of applicable domains. The client's symptoms are assessed by describing the difficulties that are hampering the client either physically or emotionally. The authors supply the therapist with an anxiety awareness sheet for rating the client's awareness on a scale of 0 to 100 at four different times during the day ( permission is granted to photocopy if the therapist desires to use it in practice). An emotional monitoring sheet is also included as well as an assessment of coping strategies sheet. Both of these forms are used for assessments at different times of the day involving situations, emotions, thoughts, physical sensations as well as responses and outcome (pp. 51-53). The chapter also provides connections of blatant behavior difficulties in how the client uses avoidance.
Chapter three continues with the development of case formulation and linking it to the treatment plan.
Chapter four provides an overview of the methods used for treatment. These set the stage for helping the therapist organize the practice by giving the mode of therapy to the number and length of therapy sessions. The therapist must be non-judgmental or critical. The authors recommend that the therapist have professional experience, with a graduate degree related to mental health. For certification, the therapist must (a) have a daily practice of meditation, (b) have a mentor and attend meditation retreats for 5 to 10 days, (c) be experienced with mindful approaches in following a discipline as in a form of yoga, (d) and attend training with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and be trained to teach classes. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that the therapist have training in mindfulness-based practice. In addition, this chapter defines the roles regarding the client and the therapist as well as issues of culture, style, and past experiences in therapy and how they play an important role.
Chapter five explains the offerings of acceptance and mindfulness in behavioral functioning. Subsequent chapters up to and including chapter nine discuss finding a plan in monitoring and avoiding relapse with the client as well as how to terminate therapy. Chapter 10 discusses integration of other methods in ABBT therapy. Chapter 11 focuses on applicable cultural issues and provides resources to help treat those from different cultures.
The authors also provide suggestions for additional reading to help the therapist in the therapeutic process. The authors give their clinical convictions of the success of mindfulness-based practice. The book is a helpful guide for therapists who seek to use mindfulness-based practice.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c8ad44) out of 5 stars Looking at Mindfulness and ABBT 5 July 2013
By ML - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A growing number of books on psychotherapy and mindfulness are published every year, however I have only read a handful of these over and over. One of these books is "Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice" (2009) by Lizabeth Roemer and Susan Orsillo. I have reread and quoted it many times because the authors develop a clear and innovative evidenced-based framework that uses mindfulness and acceptance based behavioral approaches with clients with diverse clinical presentations. Their conceptual model is clear and based on evidence. Furthermore, their ideas are translatable into concrete psychotherapeutic interventions that are easy to understand and follow. Every time I reread its pages I find pearls of wisdom that have benefited my patients. Martin La Roche.Ph.D.
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