social work

By Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Last week I was giving a webinar to a few thousand people, which is a lot for anyone I guess, and as I was getting set up a memory flashed through my mind of completely mangling a word in a elementary school class presentation. I almost involuntarily winced with embarrassment before noting with a sense of curiosity and a bit of humor that I’m the only person alive today with that memory.

By Matt Boone, LCSW

Helping people is hard work.

It can be especially hard if you are a helping professional. No matter what setting you work in, whether it's a hospital, clinic, or private practice, you will likely encounter deep suffering every day. It's in the nature of the business. People rarely come to us with simple, easy-to-solve problems. More often they bring lifetimes of secret hurts and private struggles.

This blog is an excerpt from Learning ACT, 2nd ed. by Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Robyn Walser, PhD, and Jason B. Luoma, PhD 

Authors: Stefan Hofmann, PhD & Steven C. Hayes, PhD

For nearly 50 years, intervention science has pursued the dream of establishing evidence-based therapy by testing technological protocols for syndromes in randomized controlled trials. Many clinicians do not yet realize it, that era is ending.

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Many evidence-based therapies focus on teaching clients to use coping skills that will help them in moments of emotional distress. In spite of the large number of people who struggle with emotion-regulation issues, most therapies tend not to focus on the component of treatment that teaches clients to respond to emotional challenges while in a triggered state.

Authors: Jonathan W. Kanter, PhD Ajeng Puspitassari, MA Maria Santos, MA Gabriela Nagy, BA  

Social work is grounded in the values of service, social justice, integrity, and competence, and is committed to promoting the dignity and worth of individuals and human relationships (National Association of Social Workers, 1999; Reamer, 2006). 

Author: Darin Witkovic, MA, PhD candidate at Palo Alto University

As socially stigmatized members of society, gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations are at risk for unique stressors associated with their identities. 

One such risk is the expectation of rejection, otherwise seen in literature as rejection sensitivity, which is theorized to stem from negative childhood experiences (including rejection itself). 

Sad lady with supportive friend

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

Editor's note: The following was adapted from the edited volume, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, edited by Matthew S. Boone, LCSW.

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