Brief Interventions for Radical Change

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc
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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 Behavior 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 behavior, 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 catalyzing 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' recoveryusing cutting-edge techniques from mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

Author Biography

Kirk Strosahl, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy. For the last 20 years he has provided brief interventions to medical patients with a vast assortment of behavioral health complaints. Currently, he works as a primary care psychologist at Central Washington Family Medicine, and is well-known nationally for his innovative approach to the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. Patricia Robinson, PhD, is director of clinical services for Mountainview Consulting Group, Inc., a firm that provides consultation for healthcare systems seeking to integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings. She is the author of several books, including Real Behavior Change in Primary Care, and is coauthor of the Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression. Thomas Gustavsson, MSc, is a licensed psychologist and a founding member of Psykolog-partners, a consulting and clinical services company providing integrated mental health services in Scandinavia. He has worked as a consultant for several community-based services, social workers, treatment centers, schools, and primary care clinics.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Principles of Brief Intervention
A Brief Review of Brief Therapyp. 11
How People Get Stuckp. 27
The Process of Radical Changep. 49
Practice Tools and Methods for Brief, Focused Interventions
Focused Interviewingp. 69
Strategies and Tools for Increasing Motivationp. 85
Promoting Radical Changep. 105
Case Examples
Big Like Swallow: FACT with a Sexually Abused Childp. 129
Lost in Space: FACT with a Poly-Substance-Abusing Adultp. 155
Playing It Safe: FACT with an Adult Survivor of Sexual Abusep. 179
Disconnected and Demoralized: FACT with a Depressed Elderly Womanp. 203
FACT with Couples and Groups
Until Death Do Us Part: Conducting FACT with Couplesp. 229
The More the Merrier: Conducting FACT in Groups and Classesp. 247
Appendix: Interview, Case Formulation, and Assessment Toolsp. 265
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 279
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