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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ACT y la atención plena para la psicosis – Traducción al español

En diciembre de 2016 tuve el honor de ser invitado a hablar en el Curso Anual de Esquizofrenia, en Madrid, España. El Curso es una de las mayores conferencias sobre enfoques psicológicos para ayudar a las personas con psicosis. El Curso fue un evento excelente: amable y bien organizado, con más de 750 delegados y …

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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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ACT for PTSD in Early Psychosis: A Case Series – paper published

My Danish colleague, Jens Einar Jansen, has published a paper with me, where we argue that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) shows promise in helping people recovering from a first episode of psychosis who have trauma symptoms (using a case series): Jansen, J.E., & Morris, E.M.J. 2016. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder …

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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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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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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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Psychological flexibility and nonjudgemental acceptance in voice hearers – paper published

Great to have this paper (the first from my PhD) out in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Psychological flexibility and nonjudgemental acceptance in voice hearers: relationships with omnipotence and distress Eric MJ Morris1,2 Philippa Garety1,2 Emmanuelle Peters1,2 1Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Department of Psychology, London, UK 2NIHR Biomedical Research Centre …

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