Five ways to improve clinical supervision using contextual behavioural science: the SHAPE framework

How can the process of clinical supervision be enhanced? It is widely recognised regular supervision is useful for psychological practitioners to offer safe and effective services. Supervision provides relationship-based education and training that supports, manages, develops and evaluates the supervisee and their work. The skilled supervisor fosters a relationship with a supervisee that allows for …

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Top 10 links for 2016 

Another year of tweeting the latest, and the most progressive, research in contextual behavioural science (CBS), along with “fellow traveller” approaches (CBT, mindfulness, metacognition, behaviour analysis etc).  Some trends over the past year:  The rate of CBS publications has increased, particularly for randomised controlled trials of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. It is hard to keep …

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Can Relational Frame Theory help us to understand delusions?

How can we understand delusional beliefs in behavioural terms? A recent paper published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science by Corinna Stewart, Ian Stewart and Sean Hughes presents a “call to action” for taking a natural science approach to discerning persecutory delusions, by outlining the directions that contemporary contextual research on language and cognition …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Recovery: a promising low-intensity intervention for people with psychosis

Can mindfulness and acceptance-based psychological approaches help people with psychosis in their personal recovery?  Is it possible to “just notice” the frightening and preoccupying experiences associated with psychosis, such as paranoia, voices, stigmatising thoughts and unusual perceptions? How can psychological therapists help people with serious mental illness to improve their wellbeing and find meaning and …

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Building a life that is rich, fulfilling and fun – Joe Oliver on “ACTivate Your Life”

Joe Oliver, co-author of ACTivate Your Life, was recently interviewed on the Open Forwards podcast. The interview was hosted by Jim Lucas (founder and managing director of Open Forwards, a consultancy based in Birmingham, UK). In the interview Joe talks about what attracted him to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a model: the empirical …

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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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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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