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3x3x3 Technique

One of the features of Autopilot is that it has a focus on the short-term. And usually the worse a person feels then the more Autopilot wants a really simple solution that is going to work in the very immediate future. Quite likely this is a feature of evolution in that it was going to be way more important to think about running away from a predator, or other threat, than to think about the longer term. In my opinion our fight/flight system is beautifully efficient when you look at it in detail. More...

Introducing: ACTivate ACT with Radiant Thinking

How does radiant thinking, often called Mind Mapping© (Buzon, T., 1970), apply to the ACT model and RFT? When working with the natural way the mind likes to operate, which is non-linear, radiant thinking allows for the expansion of the creative process. The goal is to let the mind get outside the box of fear. The simple process of drawing a Mind Map is expanding as a stand-alone endeavor. That being said, you can see the map continues to grow bigger and bigger with each new word and each new line that is drawn on the paper.

The V Word

As you may know I tend not to use the V word to do values work, as it can lead people towards stories about values. Thus we can hear ideas like ‘I have a values conflict’, or ‘I have no values’. Instead I use the term ‘directions’ as it speaks to a felt sense in the moment that describes the type of energy the person is experiencing whilst they are in motion. In the Matrix language we describe these two forms of energy sensations as towards or away. More...

ACT being used in a short-term inpatient psychiatric facility???

I need assistance from anyone who may direct me on this:

I am doing research project for my Masters in Social Work. I am an Intern at a short-term psychiatric facility. In my research I am unable to find any articles on the use of ACT in a short-term psychiatric facility (stand alone) - length of stay 6-9 days. Topic: Women with Depression.  Can anyone help and direct me to something that might work or comparable? This is my first blog ever so I don't even know if blogs are used for posting questions or asking for help, but I thought I would try!

The Unlearning Zone

Everyone has heard about the Comfort Zone and the Learning Zone, but the reality of change is different. In the normal model of change you learn to do new things that will make life better. If only it was so easy. All you have to do is switch a behaviour that does not work with one that does. Not!

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First Spanish Book on ACT applied to Education

 

 

"Accion tutorial y orientación: Aceptación, compromiso, valores". The English title might be something like: "Teaching and Advising at Secondary School: Acceptance, Commitment, Values".

I have just received the book from the Publishing house. My new book, the "last" one.

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Coping: neither good, nor bad, but "it depends"

Coping is a concept we often use in chronic pain management.
Our aim as clinicians is to help people with chronic pain cope with their pain so they can do more of what is important to them.

What’s Right is Wrong and What’s Wrong is Right

What’s Right is Wrong and What’s Wrong is Right

Clients who come to therapy, or ask for help, will believe that there is something wrong with them. They will attend sessions in order for an expert to help them get rid of the problem. For many this sense of something being wrong with them will have started way back in childhood. It is the product of an environment that did not respond appropriately to their needs. Some experiences may be much worse such as abuse, neglect and over-control.

Shifting Sands Metaphor

Shifting Sands Metaphor
The purpose of ACT is not to fix symptoms, rather to develop a life life of meaning that is worth living. For the therapist this is a dramatic change of orientation towards the client. If we are not fixing things then what are we doing? What is our direction in sessions? More...

Hope this helps

Happy Xmas

Mark

ACT Fundamentals

Between the first part of the reference book 'Experiential Approach to Change' and the second part there is a gap, if you have not received a Behavioral Training. I call this area the ACT Fundamentals, without which it is much harder to unlock the power of the Hexaflex.

Engaging Your Anger, Reducing Stress and Helping Your Relationship Thrive During the Holidays

Does Anger Get a Bad Rap?

Few emotions have as much negative connotation as anger. It's often described as a sin, a character flaw or a destructive force. In my work with anger management in Austin, Tx, I have many clients who are seeking escape from it, or are being told they shouldn't feel it--or at least shouldn't express it.

Excerpt from book on 'Aid for ACT with Christian Clients

Christian Worldview

DISCLAIMER: This is not an evangelical document. It is only for information on motivations for values that Christians are likely to have. 
You do not have to read the Bible to benefit from this understanding of the Christian worldview as relevant verses and teachings will be clearly marked throughout this book.

This is merely an aid for therapists who have Christian clients in the hope of helping to expedite the therapy process.

 

Blog: Parenting from the Heart

I blog fortnightly about parenting on my own website.  My blog posts draw upon my experiences as a parenting researcher, my clinical experience as a clinical and developmental psychologist and my experiences as a mum.  Many of my parenting posts draw directly from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  I as a resaercher as a clinician I am passionate about re-connecting parents with their parenting values and promoting flexible parenting.  As a mum, I aim to relish the joy of parenting, to love my child (and future children) with an unrelenting passion and to be the best mu

THE OVATION

Every day the same routine: A very early start only to find the everyday sullen colleagues in the rickety van towards the site where they will get the pile of advertisements which everyone in their corner would have to deliver to the hurried pedestrians who would pass by pretending not seeing him in order to avoid the inconvenience of having their hands hindered with the annoying handouts until they reach the nearest dustbin.

Cloudy with a Chance of Joy

A TED Talk which emphasises Contact with the Present.

http://www.ted.com/talks/gavin_pretor_pinney_cloudy_with_a_chance_of_joy.html

Inaugural Rocky Mountain ACBS Conference coming soon!

Whether you went to Sydney or not, the inaugural Rocky Mountain ACBS Conference is shaping up to be the place to be this fall.   The excitement is growing as the presenters have been finalized and the 2 day schedule is packed with international and national speakers not to mention a host of local talent.  Keynote speakers Micheal Twohig and Joanne Steinwachs will also be providing workshops on OCD and RFT respectively and Martin Brock will be presenting ACTing with compassion.  Experience the gamut from  experiential clinical workshops, theoretical issues, professio

Third Millennium Goal: a science and love-based world

A better world can be builded based in Science and Love. This way, Health, Education and Work in a broad sense (labor, employment, job) are the main bricks, and the human being as a single and unique individual must be respected and protected, supported and listened. 

کتاب در دست ترجمه / پریچهر شریفی / آلمان

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis [Paperback]

Eric M.J. Morris (Editor), Louise C. Johns (Editor), Joseph E. Oliver (Editor)

 

Software in development for ACT, GTD®, and personal productivity

Norbauer Apps today announced that we are working on a suite of productivity software, one component of which employs ACT principles in concert with ideas from David Allen's GTD® system to help people get things done and live a more valued life. Feel free to check out the preceding link for more info, and I'll be sure to post an announcement here as soon when (and if) the software moves to a production release. We are currently in the very early R&D phase and would very much welcome input from the ACT community.

期待着七月份悉尼大会

今年最期待的事情是到悉尼参加第十一届ACBS大会,届时将会见到海斯,还会参加他的工作坊,而且也会见到很多ACT治疗领域的名人,聆听他们的高论。感恩大会给予的支持。

Mindset Blog

Free ACT 101 Video Course

Hello,

I have posted a Free ACT 101 video course onto the web. You can click on individual, short videos (8 to 12 minutes), or watch all it at once.

Chapters include:

  • Psychological Flexibility (ACT) Model
  • ACT Poin of View (Functional Contextualism)
  • Learning Language (Relational Frame Theory)
  • The ACT Hexaflex
  • The ACT Matrix (ACT made simple)
  • Perspective Taking and the 3 Selves

Here is the link:

Review of two day training program by Dr Russ Harris on 18 & 19 of February 2013

Russ presented a lively seminar with appropriate metaphors to be used in understanding mindfulness and ACT. My impression is that the medical profession in Australia is still reluctant to embrace the mindfulness as a method of psychotherapy. About two years ago the Australian Doctor magazine published a headline article about a patient I referred for counseling whom I considered was suitable for mindfulness therapy. The doctor that I referred too, had limitations on his practice regarding psychotic clients.

Peter Robinson, Psychotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

I am CBT trained with 10 years previously as a CBT supervisor and tutor with the South of Scotland Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Course and 20 years as an NHS Psychotherapist specialising in 'third wave' contextual CBT and systemic psychotherapy. I have been incorporating 'third wave' contextual CBT and mindfulness approaches into my work over the last 8 years.

Reflections over no 48 of the Dao De Jing

I have long been puzzled by pasage 48 of the Dao De Jing. Since my occupation is within the world of education, I have
found it provocative. In GiaFu Feng and Jane English translation it goes:

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and les is done
until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.

لیست کتاب های درحال ترجمه درمان پذیرش و تعهد به زبان فارسی ACT books (Persian / Farsi)

لیست کتاب های ذرحال ترجمه درمان پذیرش و تعهد به زبان فارسی 
 
Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change

The first step

After 7 years in a training role in a large mental health trust, I have now stepped back into a clinical role.  The role is as a primary care nurse, helping to move clients from secondary care services like Community Mental Health Teams into GP care.  Of course they move themselves and I hope to oil their wheels and take the bugs off their windshields.  I had an introduction to Acceptance Commitment Therapy via an introductory day plus extensive reading related to its use in building resilience in the workforce.  From my vantage point, its exciting and full of poten

叙事与ACT

近期参加中澳叙事治疗培训,感受良多。

首先觉得叙事治疗的后现代、后结构主义、语境主义的哲学思路还是很清楚,是人类发展至今对自身认识的进步,也是心理治疗的进步。从前现代的皇权、教主等少数掌握所谓真理知识到现代社会重视科学、专家知识,再到后现代强调人文知识是社会建构的。使得治疗师的地位逐步与来访者平等,甚至成为学生。不再是专家、医生的姿态对待来访者,特别是因为心理障碍本身就是社会建构的结果。ACT在这一点上与叙事治疗是一致的。

但是,叙事强调没有一个稳定的我,只有不断变化的身份认同,这一点与ACT似乎不太一致,因为ACT强调有观察的我存在,正如人本主义也强调有真我存在一样。不过,通过学习,觉得叙事的变化的身份认同似乎更接近真相。

THE UGLY DOLL

Dear Santa: this is just to say
That I don´t like the doll you left.
She is cross-eyed, her hair a mess
It seems to me sort of rags her dress.

I see my friend’s dolls so pretty, so well,
That I feel jealousy of their happiness.
Please Santa, come back and take it away!

Dear Santa, I hugged my doll yesterday
I told her some tales and we sang as well.
We shared our secrets and then fell asleep.

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