Engaging clinical scenarios, therapeutic insights, and supervision dialogues are offered to help clinicians move beyond their conceptual understanding of ACT principles to master the nuances of the therapeutic relationship at the heart of ACT. Using the tips and strategies in this professional guide, you’ll develop a flexible, grounded, and client-centered practice.
With this comprehensive resource, you’ll learn to cultivate an organic, process-driven practice, grounded in the heart of the therapeutic relationship and responsive to clients in the moment. The Heart of ACT is designed to mimic the supervision experience by presenting material in thought-provoking chapters grounded in real-life clinical situations and challenges.
In the book, you’ll also find supervision dialogues inspired by Walser's work with her supervisees, Carlton Coulter and Manuela O’Connell. Carlton and Manuela comment and ask questions related to the material in the book and their own ACT learning process. These are then addressed by Walser in a dialogue designed to assist clinicians in connecting to the material. These sections mimic the helpful mentoring process of one-on-one training and supervision, and offer insights into specific therapeutic challenges that can unfold in structured conversation.
As the applications of ACT grow, so does the need for up-to-date professional resources. Unlike many advanced ACT books that focus on procedures and techniques, The Heart of ACT focuses on the heart of the therapeutic relationship, as well as the “soft skills” that are difficult to describe, but which often mark the difference between a merely good clinician and an excellent one. If you’re looking to take your ACT delivery to a new, exciting level, this book is a must-have addition to your professional library.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Heart of ACT 1
Part 1 Building Heart Through the ACT Core Processes
Chapter 1 Getting Your ACT Together 13
Chapter 2 Living Life from the Feet Up: Open, Aware, Engaged 33
Chapter 3 Open and Aware: Knowledge of Self in Relation to Other 55
Chapter 4 Engaged: Existence and Purpose 75
Chapter 5 Growing Your Therapeutic Fluency: What You Say and How You Say It 87
Part 2 Building Heart Through Unfolding Experience
Chapter 6 Engagement in Process 115
Chapter 7 Overarching, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Process in Practice 135
Chapter 8 The Clinician's Experience: A Closer Look at the Intrapersonal Process 149
Chapter 9 The Client and Clinician Experience: Exploring Interpersonal Process Through Challenge 171
Chapter 10 The Stance of the ACT Therapist 195
Epilogue: Owning Your Life; Living with Heart 215
Walser resides in Richmond, CA.