“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” — Rosalind Franklin Research in Clinical Practice Clinical psychologists typically pursue either research or practice. While researchers typically have minimal contact with clients, practitioners typically have minimal access to resources that make research possible. For clinicians who do conduct research, few do so in settings in which they treat clients (i.e. “practice settings”). Instead, clinical research typically occurs in academic institutions, hospitals and research agencies (e.g. the National Institutes of Health). Yet, research conducted in practice settings could have unique benefits. Researchers would have on-the-ground insights into mental health and wellness, and could incorporate this knowledge into their research interests, hypotheses and designs. Clinicians would have insights into state of Read more

New books on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 2017

January 24, 2018

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

We do our best to update our Learning ACT Resource Guide with the newest resources on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that come out each year. You can download the newest version of the guide here: https://portlandpsychotherapytraining.com/guide-to-learning-act/ As part of the guide, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of all the ACT that have ever been published.  Below are the 11 new books we discovered when wee revised the guide at the end of 2017: Books for therapists: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples: A Clinician’s Guide to Using Mindfulness, Values, and Schema Awareness to Rebuild Relationships Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse: A Clinician’s Guide to Using Practical Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Interventions for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction ACT for Adolescents: Treating Read more

Our CEO, Jason Luoma, Ph.D., has just published the second edition of the book Learning ACT! Learning ACT, Second Edition has been thoroughly rewritten with new exercises, references, and totally new chapters. It also pulls together resources on ACT from across the literature to guide therapists who are new to ACT. In this fully revised and updated edition you’ll find exercises to help you practice, in the therapist role, ACT’s unique six process model. Numerous therapy vignettes illustrate how ACT actually looks in clinical practice and give you a chance to step into the role of therapist, to practice your skills before stepping into the room with an actual client. There are also downloadable extras that include role-played examples of the Read more

Tailoring Therapy for Gender and Sexual Minority Clients

December 20, 2017

Portland Psychotherapy Team

Clients with minority identities related to their sexual orientation or gender seek therapy for a variety of concerns, and many therapists use the evidence-based approaches they are most comfortable with to respond to the presenting symptoms. The impact of possessing a stigmatized identity, encountering discrimination, or witnessing political debates regarding one’s belonging in society lead to vulnerabilities and challenges that set these clients apart. Some of the most researched difficulties experienced by gender and sexual minorities that traditional treatment packages may not respond to are internalized stigma, rejection sensitivity, and shame. When Our Worst Thoughts are About Ourselves Internalized stigma (i.e., internalized homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia) refers to those attitudes or stereotypes about a minority group present in our culture Read more

A look at the future of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

November 7, 2017

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

After many hours of work, the second edition of Learning ACT is out! I’m so thankful to all those who helped in its revision, putting in many hours of work and making fantastic suggestions for how to improve it. Thanks so much to those who resulted in this much improved book. Here’s a list of the key changes in the second edition: Most of the core competency exercises were updated based on reader feedback Experiential exercises added or updated The case conceptualization process and form was updated The flexible perspective taking/self-as-context chapter was completely rewritten A new chapter on considering culture in using ACT A new appendix on using ACT in different settings New audio recordings of exercises New videos Read more