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Editor’s note: The following is an interview with Louise McHugh, PhD. Dr. McHugh is a researcher and co-author of The Self and Perspective Taking: Contributions and Applications from Modern Behavioral Science. Her research interests include perspective taking, autism, acceptance and change therapies and the development and training of complex cognitive skills. She has published more than thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Cognitive defusion is a relatively new name for an old process that is central to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Based on the idea that taking our thoughts too literally is often problematic, defusion techniques are designed to de-literalize our thoughts, exposing language’s inability to capture the full depth of our experiences or describe our lives and our world with perfect accuracy.

By Tom Szabo, PhD, BCBA-D​

Have you ever found yourself teaching a parent to be contingent and discovered that his self-rules are interfering with his ABA follow-through? A few examples might help: “I can’t handle this – it’s not what I’m good at. I’m the Dad.” Or, “Can’t you just do your job and heal my kid. You’re the behavior analyst.” Another one you might have heard is, “What if I can’t do all that?”

BootCamp Attendees

By Steve Hayes and Jacqueline Pistorello

ACT BootCamp is an intense, 4-day, experiential and skill-building training event. It typically brings together workshop attendees of varying experience which makes it a rich opportunity for all involved.

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The following is an interview with Louise Hayes, PhD, clinical psychologist, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, academic and internationally-known expert in acceptance and commitment therapy for adolescents. She is co-author of the best selling books Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life for Teenagers and The Thriving Adolescent

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The word “psychology” is derived from the Latin word psychologia, meaning the study of the soul. Ironically, psychology researchers have largely avoided matters of the soul in fear of threatening the scientific legitimacy of the field. As a result, even though spirituality and religion are important to many clients, there’s no one standard approach to addressing spirituality in therapy.

Matt Boone

This guest post is from Matthew S. Boone, LCSW.

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Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Compassion Focused-Therapy (CFT) is part of a family of contextual forms of cognitive and behavioral therapy that are concerned with issues such as self-kindness, compassion for others, mindfulness, and values-based actions. The specific theories and techniques that are part of these new methods vary, but they are clearly interconnected.

Some thoughts from Steve about his second TEDx Talk:

I gave a TEDx talk a while back to the Davidson Academy: a high school for the extremely gifted and talented. These are kids who have IQs in the 99.9th percentile and above; 1 in a 1,000, at a minimum.


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