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It’s not exactly news that mindfulness-based therapies are effective. A recent meta-analysis including 209 published empirical outcome studies indicated that mindfulness-based treatments in general were effective in treating a variety of psychological disorders, and as effective as cognitive behavior therapy and pharmacological treatments in the nine studies in which they were compared (Khoury et al., 2013).

It's Friday! If you've been following us for the last several weeks, you know we've been talking extensively about love and relationships. Next week, we're launching a new series of posts about treating shy and socially anxious children. So to get things rolling, we're offering a very special free e-book this week, one of the best contributions available for treating this population: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children: A Manual for Treating Childhood Anxiety, by Randye Semple, PhD, and Jennfier Lee, PhD.

The evolution of treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) began with traditional strategies for managing mental illness; before the practice of psychotherapy was really developed, disorders like OCD were viewed as spiritual or moral issues, with the problem being the thoughts themselves, rather than the sufferer’s relationship to them. Then, following the emergence of the psychoanalytic model, talk therapy became the new standard of treatment for coping with obsessions and compulsions: in it, they were treated as symbolic manifestations of subconscious problems.

One of the best things about Friday is digging into the New Harbinger archives to unearth backlist gems so we can give them away to our readers. Today we're offering up Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner's Guide.

For the past few weeks we've been discussing the theory and practical applications of Acceptance and Commitment therapy among college students in detail, drawing from the edited volume Mindfulness and Accetance for Counseling College Students.

Over the past several weeks we’ve reviewed both the alarming rates of mental health issues among college students and presented some of the ways researchers are currently testing to apply mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions in college counseling centers.

Beyond mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) there are various applications of mindfulness across therapeutic modalities, including the use of mindfulness as a core skill in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and as it is woven into the core processes of the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) hexaflex.

We're excited to introduce our new blog! And we hope you'll be equally excited about our new weekly event – Free Book Friday! Every Friday, we will offer a free professional e-book to all those who sign up for our professional e-newsletter program. To receive your free e-book, simply sign up for our professional e-newsletter and we'll send you the week's featured e-book.

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