Faith-Based ACT for Christian Clients balances empirical evidence with theology to give clinicians a deep understanding of not just the "why" but also the "how" of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Christian clients. Chapters include a detailed exploration of the overlap between ACT and the Christian faith, case studies, and techniques that are explicitly designed to be accessible to non-Christian as well as Christian (including evangelical Christian) counselors and therapists. Chapters present the established research on mindfulness and ACT, including a nuanced, non-dichotomous view of complex issues such as medication, and lay a firm theological foundation through the use of engaging biblical stories and metaphors.
Joshua J. Knabb, PsyD, ABPP, is chair of the behavioral sciences department, director of the master's program in counseling psychology, and assistant professor of psychology in the division of online and professional studies at California Baptist University.
Foreward-Keeping the Faith: ACT and the Role of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy in Living a Faith-Based Life Introduction 1. Mental Disorders in the 21st Century 2. Differentiating Psychiatric Symptoms from Disorders 3. The Problem of Experiential Avoidance 4. A Faith-Based ACT Model for Christian Suffering 5. Mary, Martha, Contemplation, and Action 6. Accepting Inner Pain: A Hopeful Endurance 7. Connecting to Each Moment: Stillness, Silence, and an Awareness of God's Active Presence 8. Christian Values: Jesus' Model of Servanthood and Self-Sacrifice 9. Faith-Based ACT for Christian Clients with Depression 10. Faith-Based ACT for Christian Clients with Anxiety Index