Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and by Laurie A. Greco PhD, Steven C. Hayes PhD

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The essays in popularity and Mindfulness remedies for kids and Adolescents—which are edited by way of luminaries within the box of third-wave habit therapy—offer a much-needed variation of those innovative innovations for adolescents and their households, offering a wealth of latest techniques to therapists, counselors, and different supporting pros.

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Many rules and types of rule following are adaptive and necessary for school-age youth. As such, there is a certain tension that arises when acceptance and mindfulness work is designed for children. For example, when and how do we teach children to respond flexibly to verbal rules, given the developmental importance of problem-solving skills, rule formulation, and rule governance, which are critical to children’s successful adaptation across a number of settings? What are possible implications of teaching children to “hold language lightly,” especially during periods of early development when language and other verbal abilities are being acquired?

A. (in press). Psychological inflexibility in childhood and adolescence: Development and evaluation of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth. Psychological Assessment. , & Walach, H. (2004). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits: A meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57, 35–43. Hayes, S. C. (2002). Buddhism and acceptance and commitment therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9, 58–66. Hayes, S. C. (2004). Acceptance and commitment therapy, relational frame theory, and the third wave of behavioral and cognitive therapies.

A modern scientific definition of mindfulness that is grounded in a testable theory in which all of the terms are well defined and researched is needed (Hayes, 2002). Some have been offered (Fletcher & Hayes, 2005) but, as the present volume will show, no consensus has yet been reached. Focus on Process The focus on processes of change is superficially more amenable to empirical clinical science, but there too the road ahead is not easy. Driven by the federal Food and Drug Administration standards for pharmacotherapy, over the last thirty years there has been an enormous emphasis on randomized controlled trials of well-defined packages in psychosocial treatment.

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