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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change 2ed

Since the original publication of this seminal work, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has come into its own as a widely practiced approach to helping people change. This book provides the definitive statement of ACT—from conceptual and empirical foundations to clinical techniques—written by its originators. ACT is based on the idea that psychological rigidity is a root cause of a wide range of clinical problems. The authors describe effective, innovative ways to cultivate psychological flexibility by detecting and targeting six key processes: defusion, acceptance, attention to the present moment, self-awareness, values, and committed action. Sample therapeutic exercises and patient–therapist dialogues are integrated throughout.

New to This Edition

  • Reflects tremendous advances in ACT clinical applications, theory building, and research.
  • Psychological flexibility is now the central organizing focus.
  • Expanded coverage of mindfulness, the therapeutic relationship, relational learning, and case formulation.
  • Restructured to be more clinician friendly and accessible; focuses on the moment-by-moment process of therapy.


  • I. Foundations and the Model
  • 1. The Dilemma of Human Suffering
  • 2. The Foundations of ACT: Taking a Functional Contextual Approach
  • 3. Psychological Flexibility as a Unified Model of Human Functioning
  • II. Functional Analysis and Approach to Intervention
  • 4. Case Formulation: Listening with ACT Ears, Seeing with ACT Eyes, with Emily K. Sandoz
  • 5. The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT
  • 6. Creating a Context for Change: Mind versus Experience
  • III. Core Clinical Processes
  • 7. Present-Moment Awareness, with Emily K. Sandoz
  • 8. Dimensions of Self
  • 9. Defusion
  • 10. Acceptance
  • 11. Connecting with Values
  • 12. Committed Action
  • IV. Building a Progressive Scientific Approach
  • 13. Contextual Behavioural Science and the Future of ACT

Author Bio:

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. His career has focused on the analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.

Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, is a primary care psychologist at Central Washington Family Medicine, in Yakima, Washington, where he is promoting the use of ACT in general medical practice with predominantly low-income underinsured or uninsured clients.

Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi, where he is also Director of the Center for Contextual Psychology and the ACT Treatment Development Group.


"A 'must read' for everyone in the field of psychotherapy or behaviour therapy, as well as students entering the profession. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of those rare books grounded in both creative, innovative theory and solid data. The significantly revised second edition reviews the growing body of research support for ACT and presents new developments in case conceptualization and treatment implementation." - David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

"Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition, presents new data and clinical insights and expresses the theoretical foundations of ACT in a fresh way. The original book was an extraordinary achievement; the second edition is even better. It shows exactly how basic science and therapeutic application can combine in the service of new and effective methods to alleviate suffering. This book is essential reading for all students and practitioners in clinical psychology, counseling, and psychiatry." - Mark Williams, DPhil, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Oxford University; Director, Oxford Mindfulness Center, United Kingdom

"Presents an influential approach to helping clients accept their thoughts and feelings and overcome experiential avoidance....The authors delineate a solid clinical rationale and provide clear guidelines for ACT implementation. A real strength of this book is the chapters on each stage of treatment, which detail a wealth of strategies and interventions and include excellent exercises, therapist-client dialogues, and pointers for practice." - Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada

"In the dynamic field of mindfulness-based therapies, this impressive book is a landmark contribution. The authors offer a sophisticated and wise approach to human transformation, one that has been validated by clinical research and honed by a wide range of clinical applications. This second edition is ideally suited for graduate-level courses in psychotherapy as well as for mental health practitioners. It offers a balance of rich theoretical context and clear, accessible guidance for applying ACT to a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties." - Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

"This second edition is perfectly timed, given the explosion of developments in the underlying theoretical principles and empirical research associated with this approach to treatment. The book is beautifully written and is an outstanding resource for clinician and researcher alike, whether novice or experienced. The principles of functional contextualism and relational frame theory are laid out in an easily understandable yet in-depth manner. The book's presentation of the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - including practical guidance for implementing them in clinical practice--is simply superb. This is an excellent text for graduate students in clinical psychology." - Michelle G. Craske, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology and Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change 2ed

Author: Steven Hayes

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