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ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bridge Psychological and Spiritual Care

by Jason A. Nieuwsma Editor · Robyn D. Walser Editor

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For the first time ever, three pioneers in the field of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) present an edited volume that outlines how the core ACT processes can be applied to religious and spiritual care approaches.

If you are a clergy leader or pastoral counselor, people struggling with difficult situations or life traumas frequently turn to you for guidance. And while you're passionate about helping, you may be unprepared for counseling people with certain mental health challenges. On the other hand, if you are a psychotherapist, you may need guidance in supporting your client's religious belief system in therapy. In either case, this book presents a powerful road map to help you provide the best care.

In this book, you'll find a complete overview of ACT, as well as strategies for integrating ACT and issues related to spirituality. You'll also learn how the core processes of ACT—such as commitment to change and values-based living—can be seamlessly tied into spiritual and religious counseling, no matter your faith or therapeutic background.

By teaching you how to fuse conceptual psychological and spiritual principles, this book will provide you with the tools needed to enhance your counseling skill set.

Publication Details

Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Imprint:
Context Press
Publication Date:
2016

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • Adobe PDF eBook 4.7 MB

Siang-Yang Tan (Author of introduction, etc.)

Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, is professor of psychology at the graduate school of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, CA. He has authored or coauthored numerous art...

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Steven C. Hayes (Editor)

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is foundation professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of forty-four books and over 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language ...

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Robyn D. Walser (Editor)

Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is director of TL Consultation Services, and codirector of the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Center. She works at the National Center for PTSD developing and disseminating innovative ways to translate science into practice, and se...

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Jason A. Nieuwsma (Editor)

Jason A. Nieuwsma, PhD, is associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, and serves as associate director of the Mental Health and Chaplaincy program at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nieuwsma...

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Creators

Author of introduction, etc. :
Siang-Yang Tan
Editor :
Steven C. Hayes
Editor :
Robyn D. Walser
Editor :
Jason A. Nieuwsma
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