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Learning ACT: An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Skills-Training Manual for Therapists: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual by Jason B. Luoma (2008-01-15)

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  • By Michael J Milazzo on August 16, 2017

    I'm not a particularly good book learner so I'm rating this book from within that "conceptualized self" (aka. Going easy with my rating). The core competency quizzes at the end of each section are so granulated; the set up for those test vignettes so vague (wording that doesn't entirely seem to reference the text), that the rationale/answers seem subjective, and not worth trying to answer on your own (also, don't directly reference the text or terminology in the chapter).Furthermore, the online forum set up for the book generates a 404 error, so no clarification there.I'm going to keep reading this (I payed full price for this and the kindle version), but there is no real way to know that I am actually getting these concepts. Also, the Kindle addition is quite different, again especially in the core competency quiz areas, there is so set of for the vignettes just a few lines between therapist and client and "what would you say here? & why would you say that?" The only hint for how to answer is something along the lines of "use competencey 2". Competency 2 referenced the entire chapter rather than a concept within said chapeter - so frustrating!!!Its like no one edited the book at all. My advice is to not even try to "write your own answer," just use the competency quizzes as another set of vignettes for each section. These guys need an editor and a separate test writer for the competency quizzes. I'll be dammed if I can only get close on these quizzes, even when I go back and extensively reference the text.Frustrating experience.

  • By Phoebus N. Tongas on December 16, 2007

    Learning ACT, An Acceptance and Commitment Skills-Training Manual, written by three experts in this new and innovative type of therapy, Luoma, Hayes, and Walser, sets the standard for how psychotherapy books ought to be written. I have never read a book on how to do psychotherapy of any orientation that is as clear, comprehensive and helpful in teaching you how to do that particular brand of therapy. Learning Act is not a book that teaches you "about" ACT. It is a book that does exactly what the title tells you it does; it helps you learn to do ACT. It is a book for the clinician who is interested in experiential learning because it engages you and requires that you participate and practice the skills you have learned from it.In a very methodical and systematic way, it breaks ACT down into its basic therapeutic processes and then proceeds to teach you how to do them. First you get some theory so you can understand the basic principles and concepts of the system. If you're not at all familiar with the behavior analytic terminology and concepts, you may strain a bit and may experience some puzzled moments, but as an ACT therapist might invite you to do, just go with it, allow yourself to feel some discomfort, and proceed with your intention to read this book. You will not regret it. You will be richly rewarded and you will have a good sense of its theoretical underpinnings. In fact, it may even stimulate your intellectual curiosity to do more reading and learn more about the theory itself, and the science that forms the strong foundation on which ACT rests. Next, it gives you descriptions of techniques, metaphors, stories. You get transcripts of actual therapist-client interactions and then, the best part of all, you get to play the part of the therapist. You are given clinical vignettes and are asked to respond to client comments and give a rationale for your responses. Finally, the authors offer two or three possible responses they themselves would make in those situations. So, you learn from reading, you practice by responding to clinical situations, and you get feedback by comparing your responses to those of the authors of the book. It is truly an experience working with this book. It's almost like going to a workshop to learn how to do ACT. It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced or inexperienced therapist. Novice clinicians are fortunate to have a book that takes them by the hand, tells them how to do it, and gives them an opportunity to practice what they've learned by responding in an ACT-consistent way to client comments made in an in-session clinical situation. Experienced clinicians who have never done ACT are fortunate to have a guide to help them navigate through the battle between ACT-consistent therapeutic behavior and the old and well-rehearsed responses and competing habits they learned from other therapeutic modalities that they may have been practicing for some time.In the last few years, several excellent books have been written about ACT, all specializing in various topics such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, etc. And of course there is the first one written in 1999, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the "bible" in the field. It was written by the founder and main force behind this new and innovative therapy, Steve Hayes, in collaboration with two other psychologists, Kirk Strosahl and Kelly Wilson, themselves very well known leaders, innovators and excellent practitioners of ACT. The Learning ACT book serves as a fine companion to the other more specialized books because it was written for the sole purpose of building basic skills in therapists who want to practice ACT.

  • By AndreaD on April 25, 2017

    Needed it for school.

  • By Niklas Torneke on March 13, 2008

    In recent years several good books have been published on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), written from different angles and with different clinical populations in focus. This one, by three experts on the topic, is more than just another one. This is a tool for practice. The basic principles of ACT are presented and how to apply them in therapy is illustrated. I especially like the transcripts of therapy sessions and how they are used for practical excercises for the reader. "How would you respond, given this communication from a client?" Different suggestions are discussed from an ACT perspective.This is a book primarely for the reader who have some knowledge of ACT and some experience of trying to implement it in her/his own work, and who wants to improve what the authors call the core competencies of ACT. There is much in this volume to take to heart, even for the experienced therapist.

  • By Jessca Stokes on April 14, 2014

    I am fairly new to ACT and I thought this book provided a good overview of the concepts, in a language that is easily understandable. In addition it provides lots of sample transcripts between therapist and patient and also core competencies at the end of each chapter (with answers) in order to ensure your understanding of the material.I am involved in an ACT training group now and we use this book as our guide each month as we learn and discuss the concepts presented.

  • By kim millikan on August 30, 2016

    Perfect overview, introduction

  • By KarenPsique on June 5, 2011

    is a great tool for the clinician, it is important to work with the other book Get Out of Your Mind and In...

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