Valuing is a key component of the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) six-process model. During this process, therapists help clients identify and decide on their values and commit to acting according to those values. The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy is the therapists' guide to conducting this delicate and important work without imposing their own beliefs on the client, defining values in overly narrow or overly nebulous ways, or confusing values with judgments, likes and dislikes, morals, or cultural norms. Readers also receive guidance for teaching their clients to apply these values to their lives in practical and concrete ways to increase clients' self-esteem and life satisfaction.
The second half of this book offers practical tools therapists can use for values treatment intervention, including metaphors, defusion exercises, guided imagery exercises, scripts for role play, worksheets, assessments, and more. The final chapter of the book demonstrates how the values context can be used in conceptualization and interventions in the workplace, in organizations, and on the community level.
Although this book is based on ACT, it can be used by anyone working in psychotherapy or counseling. The authors discuss cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and relational frame theory (RFT) in addition to the ACT model.
About the Authors:
Joanne Dahl, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the department of psychology at Uppsala University in Sweden. She has over twenty-five years of clinical and research experience applying behavioral principles to chronic illnesses such as epilepsy, asthma, and pain. Dahl is a leading acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) researcher and presently heads projects applying ACT to chronic pain, epilepsy, and obesity.
Jennifer C. Plumb, MA, is an advanced clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno, training with Steven Hayes, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She has studied ACT applications for anxiety, depression, and interpersonal relationship difficulties. Her primary interest is psychotherapy process and outcome research with a specific focus on applying values to clinical work.
Ian Stewart, Ph.D., is a faculty member of the department of psychology at the National University of Ireland. His academic research focuses on the analysis of language and cognition from a relational frame theory (RFT) perspective, and he is author of many publications on this topic.
Tobias Lundgren, MD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He is active both as a clinician and a researcher in behavior medicine, psychometrics, and self-destructive behavior. Lundgren is affiliated with the department of psychology at Uppsala University in Sweden and has also conducted research in developing countries.