Affect Regulation Training

A Practitioners' Manual

  • Matthias Berking
  • Brian Whitley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Theoretical Overview and Conceptualizations

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Delivery of Affect Regulation Training (ART)

    1. Front Matter
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About this book

Introduction

No one is immune to intense emotions--and whether we accept them and how we regulate them can mean the difference between mental health or illness. The critical role of these complex emotional skills in human well-being is at the core of Affect Regulation Training (ART), which is gaining ground as both a preventive method and an adjunct to other therapies.

Affect Regulation Training combines a step-by-step manual for conducting ART with patients with an extensive review of how and why the method works. Introductory chapters analyze the relationship between deficits in emotion regulation and mental dysfunction, explain the theory behind the ART model, and offer practical ideas for optimizing treatment. The manual identifies component skills of ART such as nonjudgmental awareness and compassionate self-support, pinpoints situations in which the skills are beneficial, and provides exercises employing them individually and in combination. An evaluation section features empirical findings and feedback from therapists and clients. Included in the coverage:

  • Emotion regulation: definition and relevance for mental health.
  • Guidelines for effective delivery of ART.
  • Linking ART skills to build successful interventions.
  • Creating goals that result in effective self-management.
  • Recommended education and training for therapists.
  • PLUS a complete ART manual with target skills, delivery modules, and recommended intervention sequences.

The richness and flexibility of the ART program makes Affect Regulation Training an important addition to the toolkits of psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical counselors and social workers, as well as practitioners and administrators in fields such as substance abuse, public mental health, education, medicine, military health, and the justice system.

Keywords

affective regulation autonomic nervous system awareness of emotions brain coping with stress effect/consequence of negative emotions emotion dysregulation emotion regulation emotion regulation abilities emotion regulation skills emotion regulation techniques hippocampus limbic system mediation negative emotions neuroscience parasympathetic prefrontal cortex psychotherapeutic group intervention relationship between mental health and emotion regulation relaxation training stress management stress management training sympathetic training program for emotion regulation transdiagnostic treatment

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthias Berking
    • 1
  • Brian Whitley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyFriedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Private PracticeIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1022-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1021-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1022-9
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