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

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 a partial mediator in the prediction of distress.

2] Feasibility & acceptability of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group intervention for people with psychosis

Paper from my research team, describing our first ACT groups study with people recovering from psychosis. Our core group exercises use the ACT classic metaphor“Passengers on the Bus” (click here for a how-to).

3] Using Brief Cognitive Restructuring & Cognitive Defusion Techniques to Cope With Negative Thoughts

What happens when you ask people to use cognitive restructuring or defusion with a personally-important negative thought, over 5 days? This important study explores the effect of these ways of managing negative thoughts, in terms of believability, discomfort, negativity, and willingness to experience the thoughts.

4] Terrorism as an act-in-context: A contextual behavioral science account [book chapter]

Understanding terrorism through the lens of contextual behavioural science; considering the implications of Relational Frame Theory, what strategies could policy makers take?

5] The Application of #Mindfulness in Coping With Intrusive Thoughts

Presented from a CBT and transdiagnostic perspective, the authors demonstrate how brief mindfulness skills can be incorporated in sessions to help clients with intrusive thoughts.

[You don’t even need to call it A-C-T. Just CBT will do: Contextual Behaviour Therapy]

6] Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: helping parents of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (video)

Dr Louise McHugh (University College Dublin, Ireland) describes the key concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and outlines the studies demonstrating how this approach can help parents of children diagnosed with ASD.

7] Early in-session predictors of response to trauma-focused cognitive therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder

What client behaviours predict poor outcomes in trauma-focused CBT?

8] Preliminary Evaluation of the Values Tracker: 2-Item Measure of Engagement in Valued Activities

A promising new brief measure of valuing (2 items!), validated with participants experiencing chronic pain.

9] Impact of CBT and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Models Using Psychology Trainee Therapists

Beginning therapists were trained in ACT and traditional CBT, and engaged a client in each approach (randomly determined). Client symptom improvements were greater using ACT; processes of change associated with each model predicted outcomes; compared to doing CBT, therapists were more fearful and felt less knowledgeable while doing ACT. [sounds legit: the ACT therapist is an uncomfortable therapist!]

10] Pushed by Symptoms, Pulled by Values: Promotion Goals Increase Motivation in Therapeutic Tasks

Experimental study investigating analogues of two therapeutic goals (reducing symptoms or pursuing values-based behaviours), using a regulatory focus theory framework. Participants who construed treatment in terms of valued behavior promotion spent more time on a therapeutic task than the other experimental conditions. [consistent with other experimental studies on valuing contexts, e.g., Paez-Blarrina, et al., 2008].


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