How and why do mindfulness approaches work in therapy? Despite rising popularity of third-wave psychotherapies, the answers to these questions remain overly generalised so that it can be difficult for mental health professionals to evaluate how a mindfulness approach may be working for a particular client. This book finally translates research into practice by providing clinicians with realistic methods of evaluating and assessing mindfulness-based interventions for a variety of populations and problems. This book draws on the latest theory and research on mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s groundbreaking Full Catastrophe Living, and other works, in order to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the variety of mindfulness assessment systems developed in the past six years.
A practical guide as well as an important theoretical work, it offers professionals methods of measuring and documenting mindfulness in their clients. Some of these measures assess dispositional or trait mindfulness, while others measure state mindfulness. Many of these measures are currently administered only in research settings, and this book provides guidelines for applying these measures in clinical practice. This is an essential resource for every clinician searching for evidence-based mindfulness treatment protocols.
· There has been an explosion of research on mindfulness-based interventions as mindfulness grows in popularity among clinicians. At the March 2009 Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, it was reported that research publications on mindfulness have tripled in the past two years.
· This book explores classical mindfulness from a variety of psychological and counseling approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
It will appeal to clinicians familiar with these therapies in
addition to the many professionals who take a more
eclectic approach to intervention.
Elise E. Labbé, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama. She has published numerous research papers in clinical and health psychology and presents at national and international conferences. Labbé has earned several awards, including the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award, the Orurobors Award, Who's Who in Bio-behavioural Sciences, and university excellence in teaching and service awards. She is the editor in chief of Journal of Sport Behaviour and clinic director for the USA Psychological Clinic in Mobile, Alabama.