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Brief Interventions for Radical Behavior Change


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This book introduces therapists to the principles and practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or FACT.

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Kirk Strosahl, is currently principal and consultant for the Mountainview Consulting Group Inc., a firm specializing in providing consultation, program implementation and training services for health care systems seeking to integrate behavioural health and primary medical services and/or develop effective methods for collecting and using clinical outcome data. Strosahl has consulted extensively with both public and private health and mental health care systems on the design and implementation of clinically effective models integrative behavioural care. He is author of numerous articles on the subjects of primary care behavioural health integration, outcome assessment in behavioural health, and the use of practice guidelines and other empirically based methods in clinical practice. He has also co-authored books on the clinical treatment of the suicidal patient and acceptance and commitment therapy.


"Brief Interventions for Radical Change is an excellent resource for primary care clinicians wanting to make efficient use of their time with patients. It's a practical guide for a patient-centered, functional approach, and provides case examples with individuals, couples, and groups." --Debra A. Gould, MD, MPH, family physician and coauthor of Real Behavior Change in Primary Care, Improving Patient Outcomes and Increasing Job Satisfaction

"This book has the wrong title. It should be: Everything You Need to Know Stated Clearly, Free of Jargon and Hype that Will Enable You to Help a Broad and Diverse Range of Clients Effectively and Efficiently. On second thought, Brief Interventions for Radical Change, like the book, is more to the point." --Scott D. Miller, PhD, director at the International Center for Clinical Excellence, Cummings professor of behavioral health at Arizona State University, and author of The Heart and Soul of Change

"Brief therapy alert: This book is valuable reading for anyone interested in time-sensitive 'brief' therapy. It provides theory, methodology, research evidence, and numerous clinical examples for how to help clients rapidly make significant changes. It is also an excellent introduction to the larger field of acceptance and commitment therapy, offering concepts and techniques that clinicians can adapt to their own practices. Strongly recommended!" --Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, author of Brief Psychotherapies and Interviews with Brief Therapy

"If you are looking for a rapid way to help people reduce their suffering and make positive changes, this book can show you the way. The four questions Strosahl, Robinson, and Gustavsson provide can give you a quick handle both on what's going on with clients and on how to help them change. A nice variation on the ACT method with some new insights and additions to make it compatible with clients' and third-party payers' demands for efficient and effective treatment." --Bill O'Hanlon, author of Change 101, A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy, and The Change Your Life Book

"Strosahl, Gustavsson, and Robinson have written an inspiring book for all clinicians to read and to use in their daily practice. The genius of focused acceptance and commitment therapy is that it not only includes new insights, but it also dispels the myths about brief interventions. This book shows that a focused approach is exactly what many people need to help them recapture a sense of being fully alive." --Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression

"This book is a must-read not only for ACT therapists with an interest in brief therapy, but for any ACT therapist who wants to improve their efficiency and effectiveness with the model. Low on theory and high on practicality, this book is choc-a-bloc full of new tools and techniques for brief but powerful ACT interventions. You'll be amazed at how simple and easy it makes the trickier aspects of ACT, such as self-as-context and creative hopelessness. If you want to get better results in less time with more clients, then you need to read this book right now!" --Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

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