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The Use of a Child-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Curriculum to Increase Attention

The Use of a Child-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Curriculum to Increase Attention | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
(2017). The Use of a Child-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Curriculum to Increase Attention. Child & Family Behavior Therapy. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1080/07317107.2017.1338454
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Forcing ourselves to feel happy can make us feel a whole lot worse

Forcing ourselves to feel happy can make us feel a whole lot worse | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
I'm calling it the 'suffering sandwich,' that is, the way people so often feel bad about feeling bad ... which makes things worse.
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Psychological tools help high-risk chronic pain patients to taper opioid use

Psychological tools help high-risk chronic pain patients to taper opioid use | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Psychological support and new coping skills are helping patients at high risk of developing chronic pain and long-term, high-dose opioid use taper their opioids and rebuild their lives with activities that are meaningful and joyful to them.
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Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies Across the Psychosis Continuum | European Psychologist | Vol 22, No 2

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‘Why can’t we speak to the deepest issues of meaning, love and loss?’ | The Psychologist

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Using personal best goal-setting and values driven action

Using personal best goal-setting and values driven action | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it

Dr Jasmine Green and Professor Andrew Martin explore adolescent motivation and engagement using personal best goal-setting and values driven action.

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Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions?

Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions? | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
How can we understand delusional beliefs in behavioural terms? A recent paper published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science by Corinna Stewart, Ian Stewart and Sean Hughes presents a “call to action” for taking a natural science approach to discerning persecutory delusions, by outlining the directions that contemporary contextual research on language and cognition…
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The secret to living a meaningful life

The secret to living a meaningful life | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality.
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15 Mindfulness Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live in the Present Moment - The Power of Ideas

15 Mindfulness Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live in the Present Moment - The Power of Ideas | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of ‘mindfulness’ over the past few years. It’s become incredibly popular in the western world thanks to countless research studies showing its benefits. For those of you who don’t know, mindfulness is simply paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental way. While it can certainly get more complex than that, …
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How language transformed humanity

How language transformed humanity | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
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Frontiers | Basal Exposure Therapy: A New Approach for Treatment-Resistant Patients with Severe and Composite Mental Disorders | Psychopathology

Frontiers | Basal Exposure Therapy: A New Approach for Treatment-Resistant Patients with Severe and Composite Mental Disorders | Psychopathology | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
New treatment approaches are needed for patients with severe and composite mental disorders who appear resistant to conventional treatments. Such treatment resistant patients often have diagnoses of psychotic or bipolar disorders or severe personality disorders and comorbid conditions. Here we evaluate Basal Exposure Therapy (BET), a novel ward-integrated psychotherapeutic approach for these patients. Central to BET is the conceptualization of undifferentiated existential fear as basic to the patients’ problem, exposure to this fear, and the therapeutic platform Complementary External Regulation (CER) which integrates and governs the totality of interventions throughout the treatment process. BET is administered at a locked-door ward with six patient beds and 13.5 full time employees, including a psychiatrist and two psychologists. Thirty-eight patients who had completed BET were included, all but two being female, mean age 29.9 years. Fourteen patients had a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (F20/25), eight had bipolar disorder or recurrent depressive disorder (F31/33), eight had diagnoses in the F40-49 domain (anxiety, stress, dissociation), five were diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder (F60.3), and three patients had other diagnoses. Twenty of the patients (53%) had more than one ICD-10 diagnosis. Average treatment time in BET was 13 months, ranging from 2 to 72 months. Time-series data show significant improvements in symptoms and functioning from enrolment to discharge, with effect sizes at 0.76 for the Dissociation Experience Scale, 0.93 for the Brief Symptom Inventory, 1.47 for the Avoidance and Action Questionnaire, and 1.42 and 1.56, respectively for the functioning and symptom subscales of the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale. In addition, the patients used significantly less antiepileptic, antipsychotic, anxiolytic and antidepressant medications at discharge than at treatment enrolment. Patient improvement across treatment was associated with each of the successful completions of the exposure component of BET, with positive changes in psychological flexibility as measured with the Avoidance and Action Questionnaire, with high symptom levels and low levels of functioning at treatment start, and with the duration of time in BET. The findings indicate that BET may be a promising inpatient psychotherapeutic approach for previously treatment resistant patients with severe and comorbid conditions.
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Towards a psychological and neuroscientific account of the wandering mind | Frontiers Research Topic

Towards a psychological and neuroscientific account of the wandering mind | Frontiers Research Topic | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
A fundamental feature of the mind is its tendency to wander from the constraints of the perceptual moment towards internally generated thoughts and feelings. Recent interest in mind-wandering as a topic of inquiry has revealed (i) its implications for the integrity of ongoing task performance, (ii) the neural substrates that support its expression, (iii) its relationship to consciousness, (iv) the implication that it has for the emotional state of the individual and (v) the functions that it serves in daily life. This Research Topic of Frontiers will be a forum for cutting-edge work by researchers with a diversity of perspectives. We welcome review papers that adopt a historical, psychological, or cognitive neuroscientific perspective on the mind-wandering phenomenon. We also anticipate featuring behavioral and neuroimaging data on mind-wandering, as well as studies documenting how the experience manifests in different states of consciousness or in various clinical disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or attention deficit disorder). Submissions pertaining to training that impacts neuro-cognitive, behavioral or phenomenal features of mind-wandering will also be considered.
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Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis: Part 1: Measurement | Reflections from a Children's Therapist

Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis: Part 1: Measurement | Reflections from a Children's Therapist | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2014) state: “Measurement (applying quantitative labels to describe and differentiate natural events) provides the basis for all
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The Values-Driven Life: Let Go of Your Rules and Live with Purpose

The Values-Driven Life: Let Go of Your Rules and Live with Purpose | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Rules-based living may be orderly, but it can leave you empty. Therapy can help you clarify your values, allowing you to live with more meaning and purpose.
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A Quick and Painless Way to Manage Social Anxiety

A Quick and Painless Way to Manage Social Anxiety | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
One of the most common forms of anxiety people experience involves an extreme fear of being judged by others. Find out how you can identify and cope with social anxiety’s symptoms.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the workplace

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the workplace | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Department of Psychology event was run in partnership with Mind in Hackney, NHS partners and also Goldsmiths, University of London
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“I Hate You” An OCD Obsession | The OCD Stories

This is such a compelling story about postpartum OCD and depression. A tough story with an inspiring recovery.
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Free Therapy #99: Ten Steps to Healing our Angry Mind

Free Therapy #99: Ten Steps to Healing our Angry Mind | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama “Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.” Emma Goldman “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when w…
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Rage in the USA: Inside the Anger Room

Rage in the USA: Inside the Anger Room | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
Allowing Americans to vent their anger by smashing whatever they want, in a safe space.
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Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions?

Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions? | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
How can we understand delusional beliefs in behavioural terms? A recent paper published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science by Corinna Stewart, Ian Stewart and Sean Hughes presents a “call to action” for taking a natural science approach to discerning persecutory delusions, by outlining the directions that contemporary contextual research on language and cognition…
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Australian-first trial offers faster treatment for PTSD

Australian-first trial offers faster treatment for PTSD | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
An Australian-first research program will help improve treatment for up to one million Australians with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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5 Ways To Reduce Stress Without “Meditating” – Thrive Global

Whether you’re trapped in the nightmare of your daily commute or discovered that someone used the last bit of milk without buying more (bastards!), stress will track you down like a vulture sniffing…
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Behavioral Intervention, Couples, and Gender-Based Violence | blog

A burn sustained by a woman brought into the C&A Center.Tom: Ann and her husband Abdul arrive to our session on time and sit down in chairs that face
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Escaping Painful Moments: Common Triggers and Behaviors | Praxis

Escaping Painful Moments: Common Triggers and Behaviors | Praxis | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
This article has been adapted from Inside This Moment: A Clinician’s Guide to Promoting Radical Change Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a book by Kirk Strosahl, PhD, Patricia Robinson, PhD, and Thomas Gustavsson, MSc.
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How to be happy: act - Independent.ie

How to be happy: act - Independent.ie | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT | Scoop.it
In the previous articles in this series, I suggested four steps we can take to recognise and reduce stress. These on their own are not enough. Yes, slowing down to notice what is causin
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