Accessible and practical, this book provides a unified framework for integrating acceptance and mindfulness into cognitive-behavioral practice. The authors interweave elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy. They demonstrate how to conduct an assessment, develop a case formulation, and derive a flexible treatment plan for each patient. Vivid case examples and transcripts illustrate the entire process of therapy, showing how treatment can be tailored for different presenting problems and concerns. More than two dozen reproducible handouts and forms are included.
This title is part of the Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment Series, edited by Jacqueline B. Persons.
"Students have expressed a need for a unifying framework, through which they can sufficiently support and challenge clients to expand their affective, cognitive, and behavioral skills and experiences. The text of Roemer and Orsillo provides just the answer. All readers—whether students, practitioners, or educators—can benefit from the well-supported theoretical grounding of the mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapeutic (ABBT) approaches provided as well as the detailed description and synthesis of numerous, evidence-based practices associated with both. Although any of the 11 chapters...can stand alone as a credible source of indispensable information, read together in their entirety, they offer the reader a practical and easily accessible means to integrate mindfulness and ABBT approaches in their clinical work with clients."
-The Family Journal
"This book is timely and innovative in its approach to clinical work. It is a very thorough, well-researched, and scientifically sound book with a plethora of references. This is certainly gratifying and sets it apart from other books aimed at the practicing clinician....This book is an informative and well-researched approach to an exciting and promising area of practice. It is likely to deepen the clinical understanding of the beginning clinician or postdoctoral candidate."
"Wide ranging in its coverage and grounded in its delivery, this book illustrates the nuts and bolts of mindfulness- and acceptance-based clinical care without straying far from the authors' behavioral roots. This impressive volume will prove indispensable to therapists, students, and researchers eager to learn about the promise these models hold."
-Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy, University of Toronto, Canada
"This outstanding book describes the most up-to-date conceptualizations of mindfulness-and acceptance-based procedures, which are components of most, if not all, successful therapies. The authors present a modular approach for integrating these empirically supported techniques into the treatment of patients with diverse problems. This is the shape of things to come—a book that should be read by every clinician and clinical trainee who wants to stay abreast of advances in psychological treatments."
-David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
"This timely and important volume offers an insider's view of what is essential and unique about mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatments. The authors show how core mechanisms of therapeutic change, derived from clinical science, can be flexibly applied in therapy that is client centered, compassionate, and emotionally connected. They provide a nuanced understanding of complex theoretical issues and how they bear on actual treatment. This readable book will be welcomed by seasoned clinicians for its conceptual clarity and wealth of clinical exercises, and by beginning therapists as a trustworthy guide to acceptance-based behavioral treatment."
-Christopher K. Germer, PhD, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
"With the growing interest in mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies, many practitioners and students are seeking a practical book like this one to fill a gap in their training. The volume offers a detailed, step-by-step explanation of each phase of assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment. I highly recommend this excellent, well-written, theoretically informed guide."
-Gabriele Melli, PhD, President, Institute of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and Psychotherapy of Florence, Italy
"Roemer and Orsillo provide a practical, balanced, and comprehensive review of mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and a range of other problems. They also discuss how these strategies can be used in the context of other behavioral approaches. This is an essential book for anyone planning to integrate mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies into his or her clinical practice, from the novice to the seasoned therapist."
-Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director of Graduate Training, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1. An Acceptance-Based Behavioral Conceptualization of Clinical Problems
2. Clinical Assessment of Relevant Domains
3. Individualized Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
4. Setting the Stage for Therapy
5. Offering the Client an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Model of Human Functioning
6. Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Strategies
7. Setting the Stage for Behavioral Change
8. Putting It All Together: Promoting Mindful, Valued Action
9. Evaluating Progress, Relapse Prevention, and Ending Treatment
10. Incorporating Other Evidence-Based Interventions with Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies
11. Cultural Considerations in Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies, with Jonathan K. Lee and Cara Fuchs
Appendix. Mindfulness Books
About the Authors:
Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, where she is actively involved in research and clinical training of doctoral students in clinical psychology. In collaboration with her students, her research examines basic processes that may underlie clinical problems, such as the role of emotional acceptance, emotional suppression, emotion regulatory strategies, and mindfulness in a range of clinical presentations. Dr. Roemer has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books.
Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her current research focuses on the role of emotional response styles, most notably experiential avoidance, in maintaining psychological difficulties. In collaboration with her doctoral students in clinical psychology, she has developed a number of prevention and treatment programs that integrate acceptance and mindfulness with evidence-based behavioral approaches. Dr. Orsillo has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books.
Together, Drs. Roemer and Orsillo have developed an acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. They are currently examining its efficacy as well as mediators and moderators of change in a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their self-help book The Mindful Way through Anxiety draws from their decade of research in this area to provide guidance to people struggling with anxiety.