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The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion: Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility by [Tirch, Dennis, Schoendorff, Benjamin, Silberstein, Laura R.]
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is proven effective in the treatment of an array of disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that mindfulness and acceptance exercises help clients connect with the moment, uncover their true values, and commit to positive change. But did you know that compassion focused exercises can also greatly increase clients’ psychological flexibility?

More and more, therapists are finding that the act of compassion—both towards oneself and towards others—can lead to greater emotional and physical well-being, increased distress tolerance, and a broader range of effective responses to stressful situations. One of the best advantages of compassion focused methods is how easily they can be integrated into an ACT approach.

An important addition to any ACT professional’s library, The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion explores the emotionally healing benefits of compassion focused practices when applied to traditional acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This book offers case conceptualization, assessments, and direct clinical applications that integrate ACT, functional analytic psychotherapy, and compassion focused therapy to enhance your clinical practice.

This is the first book on the market to provide an in-depth discussion of compassion in the context of ACT and other behavioral sciences. The integrative treatment model in this book provides powerful transdiagnostic tools and processes that will essentially build bridges across therapies. If you are ready for a new, easily integrated range of techniques that can be used for a variety of treatment applications, this guide will prove highly useful. And if you are looking to build on your previous experience with cognitive and behavioral therapies, this book will help to enhance your treatment sessions with clients and increase their psychological flexibility.

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  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (1 December 2014)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't do another ACT session without reading this book 10 December 2014
By Leann - Published on
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This book provided the missing piece in ACT for me - due to the diagram on page 35, to be exact. While ACT has fundamentally altered my coaching practice - and my life - there was this "other part" that I couldn't quite verbalize how to integrate. You can tell that the authors practice what they preach because this book is full of practical exercises and examples, allowing you to start integrating more focused compassion right away. They also provide a great deal of theory so you have enough knowledge to be able to adjust when necessary.

I'm grateful that the authors took such a nuanced look at compassion. I'm amazed at their writing skill: they demonstrate how compassion is a powerful yet subtle force for change that will last long term. ACT inherently makes room for this but this book really fleshes out compassion and puts it in plan-language so that you know what to do from the moment you put the book down. Not that I've put it down for long lately - I've been referring to it often for clients. I'm also now seeing opportunities to use compassion where otherwise that opening would not have occurred to me.

This book is unique and there is not another one like it. Order this book now so that you don't lose more opportunities to skillfully change someone's life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have started reading it an love it already 26 March 2015
By In Love With Dance - Published on
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My professional mentor suggested this to me. I have started reading it an love it already. I plan to implement the skills learned in my substance and drug abuse addiction groups at work. This population needs to be reminded that compassion is a HUGE part of healing and recovery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for a book with exercises and worksheets ... 19 February 2016
By Kim D - Published on
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I was looking for a book with exercises and worksheets that I could use immediately in my practice; instead I found this book to be heavy on scientific research jargon but lacking practical application
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased customer 31 January 2017
By Marjorie Kulseth - Published on
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I received the book in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive book on self-compassion 10 December 2014
By Todd B. Kashdan - Published on
Self-compassion has become a hot topic in psychology. Researchers have discovered that attempting to improve self-esteem is inferior to helping people build their self-compassion. This is the definitive book on how to help people build their self-compassion. Here is why the book works:

1. there are a ton of practical applications that can be understood and implemented. This is important as far too many books for health practitioners lack novel, useful tools.

2. there are a number of case examples that show how to implement the strategies in the book.

3. there is just enough theory and science to justify the practical applications

4. the writing is crisp and enjoyable.

The last part is central to my 5-star review. I enjoyed reading this book. I will read this book again before conducting my next workshop on self-compassion. If you work with clients, deliver workshops, or want to use this as a self-improvement guide, this is a necessary reference book.