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Worksite Stigma and Burnout

This is a protocol designed to reduce entanglement with stigmatizing thoughts about clients and through that reduction in burnout and stress at work.

Experimental tests:

Hayes, S. C., Bissett, R., Roget, N., Padilla, M., Kohlenberg, B. S., Fisher, G., Masuda, A., Pistorello, J., Rye, A. K., Berry, K. & Niccolls, R. (2004). The impact of acceptance and commitment training and multicultural training on the stigmatizing attitudes and professional burnout of substance abuse counselors. Behavior Therapy, 35, 821-835.

The protcol is for a 6 hour group workshop. It is not very detailed -- refering in a single line to exercises that might take 40 minutes. For those familiar with experiential ACT workshops, this should be enough. You will see most of these exercises at major ACT / RFT conventions such as the World Conferences or the Summer Institutes.

This protocol is currently being revised for a large new grant (which will run from 2005 to 2008) that will replicate and extend the study above. It is our sense that we can do better than the protocol that is here, so don't feel bound by it. Use it as a starting point.

The adherence manual include both ACT and Multicultural Training items since that was the comparision in the study (and in this new grant ... which will include an ACT and MT combination group as well as ACT alone and MT alone and a control).

For more information contact Steve Hayes (, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557-0062

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