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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LinkFest! January 2015

Papers most-clicked recently from my Twitter account. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy etc A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults who stutter: Psychosocial adjustment and speech fluency Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment for Scrupulosity in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Acceptance and Commitment Therapy …

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Mindfulness and Psychosis – BABCP 2008

At the 2008 BABCP National Conference held in Edinburgh, Amy McArthur, Gordon Mitchell and I led a half-day workshop on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis”. The workshop represented a distillation of our understanding of the field currently, and some of the clinical methods that we use for running groups and doing individual therapy in …

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Psychosis from a psychological perspective

I recently sat in on a presentation about psychological interventions for serious mental illness at an international conference, where the audience was mostly made up of US health professionals working in psychiatric settings. What was interesting (or to be more accurate, disconcerting) for me were the number of comments from the audience expressing surprise that …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Early Psychosis

Recently, with my colleague Joe Oliver, we presented our work (at the ACT Summer Institute IV) on developing acceptance and commitment therapy to help young people recovering from a first episode of psychosis. We titled our presentation “ACT Early”, and described the work we have been doing in developing groups and individual therapy for this …

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Contextual Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies

I have a terrible confession to make about my background as a clinical psychologist: I trained as a behaviourist. Why is this “terrible”? Well, because I now work in the UK, where it seems that behaviourally-oriented clinical psychologists are scarce (at least in my field), and I am a member of the British Association for …

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The “do as I do, not as I say” approach to therapy supervision

The other week I participated in a training workshop for supervision in cognitive behavioural therapy, which was well-attended by the psychologists in my Trust. It was a useful workshop – with some theory in the morning, going through the (albeit limited) evidence for CBT supervision, and then the afternoon spent doing roleplays of supervision issues …

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The psychology of paranoia

Recent reports on the study of paranoid thinking have supported the view that suspiciousness and anxiety of harm from others are common experiences, with possibly up to a third of the population being regularly bothered by suspicious or paranoid thoughts. Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman, and Philippa Garety have written a self-help guide to “Overcoming Paranoid …

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