clinical RFT is here, and now – A review of “Mastering the Clinical Conversation”

“Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention” was published in late 2015 by Guilford Press. The book’s authors, Matt Villatte, Jennifer Villatte, and Steven Hayes, have produced, in my opinion, the first clinical Relational Frame Theory (RFT) manual that is both immediately useful to clinicians, and repays with deeper study and repeated readings. The manual …

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How to run Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for people with psychosis – paper published

Excellent to have an “in practice” paper published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science: Butler, L., Johns, L.C., Byrne, M., Joseph, C., O’Donoghue, E., Jolley, S., Morris, E.M. and Oliver, J.E., 2015. Running acceptance and commitment therapy groups for psychosis in community settings. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Abstract: In this paper, we discuss …

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LinkFest! Top 10 Links – December 2015

The top ten most-clicked links from my Twitter account in December 2015: 1] Evaluations of self-referential thoughts and their association with components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy http://j.mp/1lKjE2g ACT-consistent variables were associated with thought evaluations (believability, discomfort & willingness) rather than thought content; believability associated with greater psychological inflexibility and distress; believability of negative thoughts …

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Wearing It Differently: Talking about ACT for psychosis, clinical psychology, and career choices

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed for “We All Wear It Differently”, a podcast for early career psychologists. Amy Felman, the enthusiastic host, created the podcast so that psychologists starting their careers could learn from experienced colleagues about the choices and opportunities that shaped their working lives. The podcast features a collection of …

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LinkFest! Top 10 links – October 2015

The top ten most-clicked links from my Twitter account in October 2015: 1] Steve Hayes discusses the future of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – The Situation Has Clearly Changed: So What Are We Going to Do About It? http://j.mp/1Ga4mNz Whether or not you agree with him, when Steve Hayes writes about challenges in the broader CBT …

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Playing it safe: why therapists don’t do exposure

Therapy involves lots of decisions. Which interventions are introduced by the therapist – and when – can be influenced by a number of factors. Recent studies suggest some of this decision making is to do with how willing the therapist is to experience distress – either the client’s or their own (or, indeed, both!). In …

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What is it that you care about? Online Values Exercises and Videos

What is it that you care about? And what do you want your life to stand for? These are pretty typical questions asked when you are engaged in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The choices and actions we take, deliberately, mindfully, as life directions, can provide meaning and purpose… even when we are faced with unwanted …

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How to do Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in groups: the Passengers on the Bus metaphor

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frequently involves engaging participants in experiential exercises and metaphors. These metaphors can really have impact when they are acted out, instead of simply being described and talked about in a session. Using physical movement is a great way of doing this, as participants can relate to moving toward and away, struggling …

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How to make the most of clinical supervision as a psychologist

It is the start of internal placement for a new cohort of provisional psychologists at my university. I prepared the following tips to help trainees know what to expect, and prepare for, their first supervision sessions. Learning to make the most of supervision is a core professional skill for psychologists. Throughout your career, participating in …

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LinkFest! January 2015

Papers most-clicked recently from my Twitter account. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy etc A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy http://j.mp/1xRjRoj Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults who stutter: Psychosocial adjustment and speech fluency http://j.mp/16p76pp Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment for Scrupulosity in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder http://j.mp/1y9NHl9 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy …

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