Author(s): KIRK STROSAHL
Mental health and chemical dependency clinicians are in a unique position to improve the lives of their clients, but find it difficult to provide clients with life-changing psychological tools they need within each time-limited appointment. Brief Interventions for Radical Behaviour Change makes it easy for these busy clinicians to integrate important mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based therapeutic work in their interactions with clients. In just fifteen to thirty minutes, clinicians can identify core issues clients struggle with, apply acceptance interventions to help clients eliminate self-defeating thinking and behaviour, and help clients engage in committed, values-based actions to change their lives for the better. The goal is to emphasize small, positive changes that cumulatively lead to radical changes in clients' lives. These acceptance and commitment therapy-based interventions require minimal time and few follow-up visits, and are capable of catalysing dramatic changes in clients. Brief interventions have been proven to have a significant clinical impact in helping clients overcome substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
A must-have resource for every clinician seeking to hasten his or her clients' recovery using cutting-edge techniques from mindfulness and acceptance therapy.
This book introduces therapists to the principles and practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or FACT.
"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 "
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.