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The Psychological Record

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 107–111 | Cite as

Review: Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, Villatte, M., Villatte, J. L., & Hayes, S. C. (2015). New York, NY: The Guilford Press

  • Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
  • Deirdre Kavanagh
  • Dermot Barnes-Holmes
  • Martin Finn
  • Colin Harte
  • Aileen Leech
  • Ciara McEnteggart
Book Review

At the outset of our review, we would like to be open about our aims in taking the time to study and publicly review Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention (Villatte et al. 2015). First and foremost, we have the utmost respect for the three authors and we applaud their efforts to begin to illustrate to clinicians the potential benefits in applying Relational Frame Theory (RFT) concepts to therapeutic contexts. This endeavor comprises issues that have drawn our own attention, conceptually, empirically, and therapeutically, for at least the last 5 years. However, we do not believe that the conceptual or empirical work in RFT is, at the present time, adequately developed to make a compelling case that understanding and applying RFT will enhance clinical work. In truth, we believe it can—we see this often in our clinical work, workshops, and clinical supervision. On balance, and critically, we know this is speculation, and we believe a case could be made that a...

Notes

Acknowledgements

The current manuscript was prepared with the support of the FWO Type I Odysseus Programme at Ghent University, Belgium.

Compliance With Ethical Standards

Funding

This book review was prepared with the funding from the FWO Type I Odysseus Programme at Ghent University, Belgium, awarded to Dermot Barnes-Holmes.

Conflict of Interest

Yvonne Barnes-Holmes declares that she has not conflict of interest. Deirdre Kavanagh declares that she has no conflict of interest. Dermot Barnes-Holmes declares he has no conflict of interest. Colin Harte declares that he has no conflict of interest. Aileen Leech declares that she has no conflict of interest. Ciara McEnteggart declares that she has no conflict of interest. Martin Finn declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

References

  1. Hayes, S. C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Roche, B. (2001). Relational frame theory: A post- Skinnerian account of human language and cognition. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic.Google Scholar
  2. Villatte, M., Villatte, J. L., & Hayes, S. C. (2015). Mastering the clinical conversation: Language as Intervention. New York, NY: Guilford Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Experimental, Clinical and Health PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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