In the last twenty years, mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies have gained immense popularity as treatment options for various health and mental health concerns. Meanwhile, social work has focused on serving the needs of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and disadvantaged. Both social work and psychology stress the importance of understanding and addressing the contextual forces which contribute to human problems. Now, in Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, a clinical social worker brings together the top voices in social work and mindfulness-based treatments in one volume. With contributions by mindfulness experts and pioneers, such as Kirk Strosahl, Patricia Robinson, Matthew S. Boone, and Steven C. Hayes, this book offers an introduction to evidence-based mindfulness concepts and discusses how they can be applied to your profession in social work. It also includes brief interventions that can bring mindfulness and acceptance into daily practice, whether you work with clients in a therapy setting or in other settings.
Unlike many books on mindfulness and acceptance which come from the field of psychology, this book touches on issues such as social justice, cultural diversity, and macro social work. In this book you will learn how to move past culturally-informed biases, as well as how to best utilize mindfulness interventions for both individuals and the community at large.
"Social workers: get ready for some brain yoga! This book is a refreshing compilation of articles by social workers for social workers in which ACT and other mindfulness-based interventions are comprehensively portrayed as flexible approaches to remediating many life transitions." --Claudia Dewane, DEd, assistant chair and associate professor in the College of Health Professions and Social Work, Temple University
Matthew S. Boone, LCSW, is deputy chief of ambulatory mental health at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and an adjunct instructor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He is an Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed trainer in acceptance and commitment therapy, a founder of the ACBS Social Work ACT Special Interest Group, and a recipient of the Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the field of social work.