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Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner's Guide [Hardcover]

Laurie Greco , Steven C. Hayes

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June 15 2008 Context / Nhp
Though acceptance and mindfulness interventions have proven enormously effective for adults with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, they have not been fully documented for use with children and adolescents. And yet they are a natural fit for children's therapy-the focus on acceptance and mindfulness builds children's psychological flexibility, and the values component of these methods helps young people learn to set goals and take action to achieve them.

The chapters in Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents show how to modify third-wave behavioral and cognitive therapy methods for the treatment of children and adolescents. This book also considers the early evidence for the adaptability and effectiveness of these methods. Edited by two luminaries in the field of third-wave behavior therapy, these essays will be invaluable in helping young patients reap the benefits of acceptance and mindfulness approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

- Learn how ACT, DBT, MBCT, and MBSR can be used with young people and their families
- Discover recent third-wave behavior therapy research
- Explore the practice issues that arise when acceptance and mindfulness techniques are used with children and adolescents
- Find out how to put these techniques to work in your own practice

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (June 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245419
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 18.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an absolutely outstanding book on applications of acceptance and mindfulness treatments to physical and mental health problems of children and adolescents. Impressive in its scope and the quality of the contributors, the book provides a broad, comprehensive, and cutting-edge examination of acceptance and mindfulness treatments with children and adolescents. The material in the book is presented in a clear, comprehensive manner, with excellent references and follow-up sources provided. Especially of interest are the applications of acceptance and mindfulness treatments to specific populations (e.g., children with anxiety, externalizing disorders, chronic pain, etc.), as well as to broad social contexts (e.g., parents, schools, primary care settings). Overall, this unique book provides excellent coverage of key issues and will be an important and valuable resource for today's child health professionals. This book is a "must read" for professionals in child health and mental heath who wish to understand and use mindfulness treatments in clinical research or practice." --Annette M. La Greca, PhD, ABPP Cooper Fellow and professor of psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami and editor of the "Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology "

About the Author

Laurie A. Greco, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with more than ten years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families. Although early in her career, Greco has already published more than twenty articles and book chapters and has given more than sixty conference presentations. In the past five years, she has conducted some forty workshops and professional trainings atthe national and international level on topics germane to acceptance and commitment therapy and behavioral parent training

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of thirty-four books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and cofounded ACT, a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

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3.0 out of 5 stars more of a reference book then a protocol Aug. 7 2009
By P. A. Frank - Published on
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I enjoy this book's thoughtful approach to mindfulness type theoretical approaches with children and adolescents. It seems to take a meta-analysis approach which really offers great comparisons of treatment modalities. What is the downfall of the book for me is that it offers a lot of information that requires buying more information. The group curriculums are only superficial and their lack of completeness leaves this reader frustrated that to do one of the curriculums I have to purchase more materials or spend more hours searching through more books to create it myself. If I had that kind of time I may not have purchased the book in the first place. Since it was labeled a Practitioner's Guide I thought it would be more detailed and less overview. Still, I am glad for the new information and will use this book as a reference book more then a treatment protocol.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Nov. 8 2009
By Copacetic - Published on
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Excellent resource! Presents a variety of evidence based treatment strategies in a clear, concise manner. I'm an outpatient psychotherapist and consistently refer to different chapters in the book. An invaluable addition to my professional library.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACT with Adolescents - fabulous book with very good clinical applications. Jan. 6 2009
By Luana Morris - Published on
This book has some very good explanations of the application of ACT for adolescents - I used it immediately in my work. It covers theory adequately to inform the practice, and has very practical suggestions that help to formulate the case and apply the knowledge clinically.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for clinicians looking to use ACT with children and adolescents Feb. 2 2014
By Chip Wilder - Published on
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This volume contains a range of articles which provides the foundation and specific applications for ACT with children and youth. While there are a few other books such as Louise Hayes', Getting Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens, with more detail, this volume provides the only comprehensive overview of ACT's application, along with specific process-based practice activities, that is currently available.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it June 19 2011
By M Silliman - Published on
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As I read this book I had to constantly keep checking to make sure I wasn't reading the intro over. After downloading a sample of the book for my kindle I found the intro interesting. So I purchased this book, while I was reading the book on my kindle I had to constantly check to see if I had changed sections. This book seems to be a collection of writings that have been pulled together to create a "practitioner's guide". Almost every chapter reintroduces what ACT is then briefly talks about how it has been implemented.

I went into this book very excited about what knowledge it could hold only to be disappointed. Ultimately I returned the book.

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