Author(s): ROBERT ZETTLE
This book develops the techniques of ACT into a session-by-session approach that therapists can use to treat clients suffering from depression. The research-proven programme outlined in the book introduces therapists to the ACT model on theoretical and case-conceptual levels. Then it delves into the specifics of structuring interventions for clients with depression using the ACT method of acceptance and values-based behaviour change. Written by one of the pioneering researchers into the effectiveness of ACT for the treatment of depression, this book is a much needed professional resource for the tens of thousand of therapists who are becoming ever more interested in ACT.
"Depression is the number one mental health problem seen in clinical practice and any clinician interested in practicing acceptance and commitment therapy is going to want to have this book within easy reach. Zettle provides a well thought out, easy to understand approach to treating the depressed client using the ACT framework. Capitalizing on his many years of clinical experience using the ACT model, Zettle offers numerous practical insights into managing the ongoing process of therapy, and uses brief case examples to highlight key points. The session by session ACT protocol described in the second half of the book will be a fantastically useful aid to clinicians in the field." --Kirk Strosahl Ph.D., coauthor of "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change" and "A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy"
Robert D. Zettle, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Wichita State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia, conducted the first comparative outcome study on what is now known as ACT as part of his dissertation under the supervision of ACT founder Steven Hayes, and has published both basic and applied research relating to rule-governance, experiential avoidance, and ACT for depression for more than twenty years.