This excellent guide to incorporating mindfulness into your clinical practice comes with an audio CD containing 6 techniques and exercises enclosed in the back. The CD is also available for separate purchase.
As Steven C. Hayes says in the Foreword to the book:
"There are other volumes on mindfulness and clinical work but there is nothing else quite like this book. . . . No other volume of which I am aware is as clear, broad, and expressed in such a clear and consistent voice. . . .
This book is a comprehensive guide to mindfulness methods in clinical practice written by expert clinicians with a long standing interest in contemplative practice and the mindfulness traditions. The authors know the roots of these methods, both in Eastern thought and in Western science. The range of methods is broad, from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, so the focus is wisely placed on targets of change, not just the formal similarities of these techniques. . . .
If you are considering how to include mindfulness work in your clinical practice, you can trust this book. Let this book take you by the hand and show you the territory and to guide you through that process, for your clients and for yourself."
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Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is a reader's rare delight, especially for the hard working therapist who wishes to become more skillful from the inside out with the practice and clinical applications of mindfulness meditation in the treatment room. The authors have masterfully reviewed the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Steven C. Hayes, and others to bring together a fresh and vitalized approach to wed the 2000-year-old wisdom teachings of the East with contemporary methods of psychotherapeutic practice. This book is a real gem and a must have for the tool box for every clinician who desires to both transform his/her own awareness and bring that shift into the treatment room!!!"
-Ronald Alexander, PhD, Executive Director of the Open Mind Training Institute, Santa Monica, CA; author of Wise Mind Open Mind, Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change
"At a time of surging interest in the therapeutic possibilities of mindfulness, this important volume provides clinicians with the vital nuts and bolts details for incorporating these transformative practices into their patient care."
-Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression
"This book is essential reading for any clinician interested in gaining insight into the growing development of the use of mindfulness-based interventions in clincal practice. The authors are to be commended for their clear and pragmatic overview and the thoroughness in which they cover the underlying principles involved in teaching and working with mindfulness in the clinical setting. I highly recommend this book."
-Susan Woods, MSW, LCSW
"Readers will gain considerable knowledge and clinical skills in practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation. Several mindfulness programs designed to help clients with various clinical problems are included. The authors are to be commended for putting together this comprehensive review. I highly recommend it."
-G. Alan Marlatt, co-author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
"Mindfulness in Clinical Practice is a clear, useful, practical guide to understanding both the ancient and the new approaches to mindfulness. . . . The authors each bring their unique experience and voice to a helpful guide that clinicians will value."
-Robert Leahy, PhD, Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy; author of Cognitive Therapy Techniques and The Worry Cure
"[This book] offers clear examples of mindful practices, how to use them clinically and with well researched evidence in support. An important work at an important time, easy to read, useful and highly informative."
-Prof. Paul Gilbert OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind
"For a book of its length, remarkable in both breadth and depth. An excellent resource for both the novice and the expert in the field."
-Thomas Bien, PhD, author of Mindful Therapy, Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship and The Buddha's Way of Happiness
"I am so pleased to see this inspiring work my friends Richard, Dennis, and Robert have done in making these mindfulness practices more accessible and useful for therapists, helping others to heal and become more fully functional members of our communities. This ancient inner technology is an exciting new wave bound to enrich the Western sciences of the mind."
-Stephen K. Hayes, founder of To Shin Do; author of Action Meditation and How to Own the World
"This is a much needed and useful book for clinicians interested in mindfulness by clinicians that are steeped in its practice. It is clear and comprehensive and includes a CD which is experiential. I recommend it for every clinician who's curious about mindfulness and wants to apply it in their clinical practice."
-Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, Board Certified Clinical Social Worker; author of Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness; adjunct faculty and senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School
"This book fulfills two critical needs and belongs on the bookshelf of any researcher, clinician, or student interested in integrating mindfulness into their work.
"First, as mindfulness grows in popularity beyond individuals who have really taken time to study, there are risks. One that has troubled me is people using mindfulness as a 'feel good' tonic. This is a slippery slope - in part because mindfulness makes a decent tonic. The problem is that mindfulness used as a feel-good tonic limits access to the more substantial gifts mindfulness has to offer. Mindfulness is not a place to hide from life, to seek relief from life. The more substantial gift of mindfulness is wakeful, enriched, engagement in day-to-day living. This book shows excellent sensitivity to this very tricky issue.
"Second, the authors sought to provide a book that responds to the question 'If I could read just one book about minfulness, what would you recommend?' They did so with depth, style, nuance, and care. The authors provide a thoughtful overview of mindfulness as it emerges in a variety of empirically-responsible treatment models. The book is deep without being burdensome. It shows the nuances of the models without engaging in needless fights or controversy. If you are interested in mindfulness in modern science-based psychological therapies, buy this book. It is a gem."
-Kelly Wilson, PhD, author of Mindfulness for Two and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety
"This book is a unique and valuable resource for clinicians. The authors clearly come from rich personal histories of mindfulness and clinical practice, and offer a clear, well-organized overview of mindfulness in Western psychology. This single book provides a practical, straightforward discussion of the roots, research, and clinical applications of mindfulness, in language accessible to a wide audience. The authors discuss specific mindfulness traditions, current treatment programs, and common underlying theories and practices. Clinical and case examples and excerpted dialogue provide clear illustrations of how clinicians might integrate mindfulness practices into both group and individual therapy."
-Sarah Bowen, PhD, author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide
"If you want to know how mindfulness skills can be helpful to your clients, Mindfulness in Clinical Practice provides a comprehensive answer. This solid, easy-to-read synthesis of mindfulness research creates a broad knowledge base for new and experienced clinicians. The book explains the value of bringing mindfulness skills into the therapy room and clearly outlines how it can help your clients grow and heal."
-Susan Albers, PsyD, author of Eating Mindfully: Eat, Drink & Be Mindful and Mindful Eating 101
"This book provides remarkably thorough yet clear and concise coverage of the leading mindfulness-based interventions. Conceptual background, treatment strategies, empirical support, and numerous interesting clinical considerations are all discussed in ways that will be helpful and interesting for all levels of expertise."
-Ruth Baer, PhD, author of Assessing Mindfulness & Acceptance Processes in Clients and Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches
"If you are looking for the authoritative book on mindfulness and psychotherapy, here it is. In this intimate, accessible and comprehensive volume, the authors' deep wisdom and practice experience emerge compelling us to consider ways to apply mindfulness so as to relieve our clients' suffering. Regardless of prior exposure to or grounding in mindfulness, the reader will find Mindfulness in Clinical Practice immensely useful and informative for its concrete examples, sample exercises, and clear, insightful exploration regarding the interface of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy."
-Andrew Bien, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento; author of The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice
Table of Contents:
Dedication / Acknowledgments
Foreword by Lama Surya Das
Foreword by Steven C. Hayes
Chapter 1: What is Mindfulness?
Chapter 2: Mindfulness for the Clinician
Chapter 3: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Chapter 4: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Chapter 6: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Chapter 7: Other Mindfulness Group Approaches
Chapter 8: Individual Approaches to Using Mindfulness
Chapter 9: Future Directions
Audio CD of Mindfulness Practices:
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: Body Scan
Track 3: Sitting Meditation
Track 4: Three-Minute Breathing Space
Track 5: Loving-Kindness Meditation
Track 6: Mindfulness for the Clinician
About the Authors:
Richard W. Sears, PsyD, MBA, ABPP, is the Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation and a core faculty member of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute & University, where he runs a small private psychology practice. He is lead author of Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals. Dr. Sears is also a fifth degree black belt in To Shin Do / Ninjutsu, and once served briefly as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama with his teacher, Stephen Kinryu-Jien Hayes. He has studied and practiced mindfulness and the Eastern Wisdom traditions for over 25 years. Richard's website is www.psych-insights.com.
Dennis D. Tirch, PhD, is the Associate Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy (AICT) in Manhattan. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused CBT, in Nyack, NY and is a Diplomate and Fellow of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of the self-help book The Compassionate Mind Guide To Overcoming Anxiety and Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide with Dr. Robet Leahy. Dr. Tirch has had extensive experience in Eastern meditative and philosophical disciplines over the past 25 tears. Dennis' website is www.mindfulcompassion.com.
Robert B. Denton, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist at Berea Children's Home and Family Services (BCHFS) in Cleveland, OH, where he works as a core assessment supervisor for BCHFS's predoctoral internship program. Dr. Denton holds a black belt in To Shin Do / Ninjutsu and has involved himself extensively in the study of Eastern philosophy traditions.