The ACT Matrix: A New Approach to Building Psychological Flexibility Across Settings and Populations

The ACT Matrix: A New Approach to Building Psychological Flexibility Across Settings and Populations

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By (author) Kevin L. Polk, By (author) Benjamin Schoendorff

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  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 17mm | 376g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1608829235
  • ISBN 13: 9781608829231
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 105,086

Product description

If you are an ACT practitioner or mental health professional, this eagerly awaited resource is an essential addition to your professional library. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been successful in treating a variety of psychological issues, such anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, and more. In contrast to other treatment options, ACT has proven extremely effective in helping clients who are "stuck" in unhealthy thought patterns by encouraging them align their values with their thoughts and actions. However, the ACT model is complex, and it's not always easy to use. Traditionally, ACT is delivered with a focus around six core processes that are often referred to as the hexaflex: cognitive defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, observing the self, values, and committed action. Each of these core processes serves a specific function, but they are often made more complex than needed in both theory and in practice. So what if there was a way to simplify ACT in your sessions with clients? Edited by clinical psychologist and popular ACT workshop leader Kevin Polk, The ACT Matrix fuses the six core principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) into a simplified, easy-to-apply approach that focuses on client actions and behavior as workable or unworkable, rather than good or bad. Most importantly, you'll learn how this innovative approach can be used to deliver ACT more effectively in a variety of settings and contexts, even when clients are resistant or unmotivated to participate. With contributions by Benjamin Schoendorff, Mark Webster, and more, this is the first book to utilize the ACT Matrix model, and it is a must-read for any ACT practitioner looking to streamline his or her therapeutic approach.

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Editor Kevin L. Polk, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been a practicing for twenty-three years, primarily helping veterans and others with troubling trauma memories. While in graduate school he learned psychodynamic and family systems therapy, and then for practical reasons he learned and practiced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for fifteen years. For the past eight years he has studied acceptance and commitment training and therapy (ACT), spending close to 20,000 hours studying the philosophy and theory behind ACT, learning and designing ACT interventions. He is a peer reviewed ACT trainer who is passionate about teaching others how to use the Matrix to increase psychological flexibility and valued living around the world. Editor Benji Schoendorf, MSc, MPs, is the author of two French language books, one about ACT in general and the other about functional analytic psychotherapy. Both of his books are based on the Matrix diagram.

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"The matrix is transparent and user-friendly for both mental health and medical providers working in brief treatment settings. As a matrix practitioner, you will help many people, including those with addictions, chronic pain, and relationship problems. Add "The ACT Matrix" to your bookshelf now and benefit from Polk and Schoendorff's numerous examples of how to use this highly accessible tool." --Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, author of "Real Behavior Change in Primary Care "and" Brief Interventions for Radical Change"