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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness processes, and commitment and behaviour change processes to produce psychological flexibility.

In this succinct and understandable survey, the authors show how ACT illuminates the ways that language encourages unhelpful skirmishing in clients' psychic lives, and how to use ACT to help clients accept private experiences, become more mindful of thoughts, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behaviour change.

The latest edition in the Theories of Psychotherapy Series®, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy examines the therapy's history and process, evaluates the therapy's evidence base and effectiveness, and suggests future directions in the therapy's development.


  • Series Preface
  • How to Use This Book with APA Psychotherapy Videos
  • Preface
  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.History
  • 3.Theory
  • 4.The Therapy Process
  • 5.Evaluation
  • 6.Future Developments
  • 7.Summary
  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Suggested Readings and Other Materials
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Authors
  • About the Series Editors

 Author Bio:

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 35 books and over 475 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioural Research and Its Applications from APA's Division 25 (Behaviour Analysis), the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behaviour Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Jason Lillis, PhD, is an instructor in the department of psychiatry and human behaviour at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a clinical psychologist at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and completed his clinical internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Stanford University. Jason is a leading researcher and an internationally recognized trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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