Group acceptance and commitment therapy for patients and caregivers in psychosis services: Feasibility of training and a preliminary randomized controlled evaluation [paper]

Very pleased to have this paper published, summarising the evaluation of group Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people with psychosis and caregivers. [pre-print here] This study was conducted in Lambeth & Southwark community mental health teams in the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom. The study is funded by a grant from …

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Recovery ACT: feasibility & acceptability of Group Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people with psychosis (ABCT 2020)

Our team had the fortunate opportunity to present a paper at the ABCT 54th Annual Convention on group ACT for people with psychosis. Thanks to Dr Lyn Ellett from Royal Holloway University of London for organising the symposium on “Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Approaches for Psychosis: Current Evidence and Future Directions” where I presented the …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Groups for Psychosis Recovery – Webinar

In May 2018 I had the opportunity to present a webinar hosted by ISPS-US about “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis Recovery”. The webinar introduced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and how this approach can be adapted to the needs of people with psychosis. I shared the developments in group ACT my research team evaluated across …

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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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So long to SUDs – Exposure is not about fear reduction… it’s about new learning and flexibility

Exposure is one of the most powerful and effective methods therapists have to help clients whose lives are restricted by struggles with fear and anxiety. It is a classic method of behaviour therapy, with over 40 years of research to support its use. Whatever approach to working with cognitions and inner experiences a cognitive-behavioural therapist …

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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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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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