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(p. 223) Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Support Bereaved Students 

(p. 223) Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Support Bereaved Students
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(p. 223) Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Support Bereaved Students
Author(s):

Tyler L. Renshaw

, Sarah J. Bolognino

, Anthony J. Roberson

, Shelley R. Upton

, and Kelsie N. Hammons

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190606893.003.0016
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date: 25 November 2020

This chapter discusses how the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach can be used to support bereaved students. ACT is focused on understanding how psychological problems develop and how they can be treated. The goal is not simply to reduce problem behavior, but rather to change the way youth relate to their problems by empowering them with mindfulness skills that contribute to increased well-being behavior. ACT’s core therapeutic processes are described, along with a review of the research regarding its relevance to supporting bereaved youth. An outline is provided for how ACT strategies can be implemented in schools to support grieving students at the class-wide, small-group, and individual levels.

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