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Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students

Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students
Theory and Practical Applications for Intervention, Prevention, and Outreach




The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series


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About the Book

The college years are very stressful for many people, so it comes as little surprise that college-aged youth often suffer from diagnosable psychiatric disorders. Even among college students whose distress is not clinically diagnosable, the college years are fraught with developmental challenges that can trigger bouts of psychological suffering. Is it any wonder, then, that suicide is the second leading cause of death in this age group?

In Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students, clinical researcher Jacqueline Pistorello explores how mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are being utilized in higher education settings around the world to treat student mental health problems like severe depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders, and/or to help students thrive--both in and out of the classroom.

This book offers easy-to-use programs for college counselors, therapists, instructors, administrators, and even high school counselors who are looking for tools to help high school students prepare for the transition to college. Counselors with extensive experience with mindfulness and acceptance approaches can learn new ways of adapting these approaches to interventions with college students, and counselors interested in these approaches but lacking experience can learn about these effective therapies. Finally, college administrators and staff can gain ideas for implementing mindfulness practices in various campus contexts to help p romote student mental health or academic engagement.

In addition to chapters by Steven C. Hayes, the founder of acceptance and commitment therapy, this book also contains an online Appendix with helpful original handouts, Power Point slides, and links to podcasts and lectures to help implement mindfulness-based approaches on different campuses. It is a wonderful resource for any pro- fessional who works with college students and who is interested in promoting psychological well-being.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series

As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.


Jacqueline Pistorello, PhD, is a clinical and research faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services, where she has worked with college students for fifteen years. She specializes in the application of two... Read more

Books by Jacqueline Pistorello


“This is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in mindfulness and college student mental health. The book offers very accessible summaries of a variety of mindfulness-based treatment approaches, as well as practical applications to clinical practice, grounded in empirical research. I plan on sharing the book with staff at our counseling service and finding ways to implement many aspects of it into my daily clinical work with students. It is an important addition to the mindfulness-based literature.”
-Gregory T. Eells, PhD, director of counseling and psychological services at Cornell University and past president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
“Pistorello and her colleagues have created an incredible and timely resource for anyone treating the fully wired and constantly connected Generation Z college student. This easy-to-read book effortlessly guides the reader through practical, evidence-based applications of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) designed specifically for college students receiving treatment at college counseling centers. Judicious use of case vignettes and transcripts brings concepts to life. Whether you are new to mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies or they are deep in your bones, this creative and well-written book will positively influence your clinical practice with this high-risk population.”
-Linda A. Dimeff, PhD, author of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students and DBT in Clinical Practice
“This book should quickly become a treasured resource on college campuses. It is a practical and accessible presentation of best practices based on mindfulness and acceptance. A timely and valuable contribution to improving the mental health and well-being of college students!"
-Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and principal investigator of the Healthy Minds Study, a national survey study of college student mental health

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