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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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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The Origins of a Worldwide Contextual Community: Steve Hayes on ACBS

In a recent blog post, Steve Hayes describes the origins of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the scientific organisation that promotes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and other contextual approaches. (For informative papers about the history of ACT & RFT, check out Zettle 2005 and Cullen 2008). ACBS was …

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LinkFest! August 2014

I regularly tweet new and interesting papers relevant to clinical psychology and my interests. These are the cool papers and links from August 2014. Follow me on Twitter for a daily update! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, RFT, CBS etc “ACT is not yet a well-established treatment for any disorder” Öst 2014, updated meta-analysis http://j.mp/1pju8UW Physiological …

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Four ways Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help people struggling with suspicious thoughts

Feeling on edge while walking down an empty street at night; thinking you are being gossiped about at work; feeling like you need to be on guard around certain people… Worrying that others are intending to do us harm is a surprisingly common experience. Acting on these concerns can be helpful – checking things out …

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Why don’t therapists use exposure? And how psychological flexibility can help.

Exposure* is one of the most important and effective components in cognitive behavioural therapies for anxiety disorders, supported by decades of research. And yet it is under-used in clinical practice. Why? Well, it isn’t just that many therapists use approaches that are not evidence-based. It seems that even those therapists who have been trained, end …

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Starting your own ACT peer supervision group

A challenge for UK therapists learning to do Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is access to supervision. Outside of working at the specialist clinical and research centres that focus on ACT or accessing supervision online from international trainers, there are currently very limited options to get supervision from an experienced ACT therapist. One option is to …

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