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Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Sonja Batten - United States Department of Veterans Affairs


March 2011 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'The literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is vast but if you want to dig down to the essentials of ACT you've found the right volume. Nothing central is left out and nothing unnecessary is left in. Written by one of the world's experts on ACT, this book delivers. Highly recommended.'

Dr Steven C. Hayes, Foundation Professor, University of Nevada

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.

Sonja Batten is a clinical psychologist who works on mental health policy for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


 
The ACT Conceptual Framework
 
The ACT Therapeutic Stance
 
Moving from Control to Willingness
 
Reducing the Hold of Language
 
Contacting the Present Moment
 
Identifying a Consistent Self-Perspective
 
Clarifying Individual Life Values
 
Building a Life through Committed Action
 
ACT for Anxiety
 
ACT for Depression
 
ACT for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
 
Special Considerations in Applying ACT

This book is a must for clinicians who are interested in learning about ACT. It is well written, practical, therapist friendly and very well organized. It provides therapists with practical guidance that can be used in clinical situations. It could easily be used as a textbook to support ACT training and supervision.
Dr. Kirk Strosahl
Psychologist, Central Washington Family Medicine, Yakima, Washington


A concise and accessible guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for practitioners interested in learning about this innovative and clinically powerful approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Batten draws on her extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor and trainer, to provide readers with the solid foundation they need to engage in case conceptualization and treatment planning from an ACT perspective. Her inclusion of key concepts, key terms and points for review and reflection make this an outstanding text for graduate-level trainees.
Dr. Susan M. Orsillo
Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Suffolk University


If you are looking for a clear, nuanced, and intensely practical introduction to ACT, then start with this book. Sonja has been living and breathing this work for a very long time and it shows on every page. Guided by her gentle hand, you'll be offered a unique perspective on the thinking processes that underlie effective ACT work and come away with a deeper appreciation of ACT itself. I consider this book an essential read for anyone serious about learning ACT. I am already planning to use this book as a teaching tool with my graduate students and those I supervise in clinical training.

John P. Forsyth,Ph.D.,
Professor and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY, and author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, & Your Life on Purpose.


Batten's world-wide reputation as an expert ACT trainer shines through in this thorough, practical and clearly written book. Her deep understanding and long experience with ACT has allowed her to produce an insightful clinical guide that those developing their ACT skills will find essential. Dr. Batten presents the key ACT concepts in a way that makes them easy to understand and apply therapeutically. I have no doubt that this book will serve as a key ACT text throughout the UK and Europe.

Professor Frank W. Bond, PhD
Head of Department, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London


This is the best introductory guide to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that I have seen. Both the theory and techniques of the ACT model of psychotherapy are often counterintuitive and confusing, even to experienced therapists. Many existing books on ACT delve into thorny theoretical issues that are only fully appreciated by those already familiar with the model, and that leave those without a thorough grounding scratching their heads in bewilderment. This book fills an important gap. Batten nicely distills the essence of ACT's core ideas in this lucid, highly accessible book. This book will be required reading for my doctoral students in clinical psychology, and I highly recommend it to any clinician seeking a clear introductory treatment to this groundbreaking work.
James D. Herbert, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, Drexel University.


this is a thorough and concise introduction t9 an important subject of acceptance as a starting point for change. I usually scan read texts and found myself reading this one, well done.

Mr David Rawcliffe
School of Pre-Qualifying Nursing & Vocational Health Care, Bucks New University
February 28, 2018

This book provides a helpful and clear introduction to ACT, particularly helpful for those with no prior knowledge of ACT

Ms Megan Edwards
Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork (NUI)
December 8, 2017

Clear and concise, providing both a sound explanation of the theory and a clear guide to its application in therapy, my students really found it easy to grasp and useless in their studies/.

Ms Kate Fronda
Counselling, Community Counsellor Training
August 18, 2016

A thoughtful, easy to read primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
July 1, 2015

This book is a good introduction to ACT and suitable for beginners. It is clear and practical with good examples and points for reflection.

Mrs Jade Mullen
Counselling and Psychotherapy, PCI College
February 11, 2015

This is a brief but excellent guide to ACT. Not only are all the basic aspects covered but case examples of the approach are also included.

Mr Paul Buckley
Nursing , Bradford University
November 13, 2013

Great inclusion of clinical behavioral analysis into my class

Professor Alyssa Wilson
School of Social Work, St Louis University
July 12, 2013

This book provides an easy to understand introduction to ACT. It also takes the reader deeper into the subject, providing a base of knowledge to then contiune further reading.

Mrs Nicola Grass
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
March 15, 2013

An excellent beginning text on ACT.

Ms Leslie Hayes
Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
February 6, 2013
Key features

Key Features:

· 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.

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