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Affect Regulation Training

A Practitioners' Manual


Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 3-3
    3. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 5-17
    4. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 19-29
    5. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 31-45
    6. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 47-51
    7. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 53-65
    8. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 67-75
  3. Delivery of Affect Regulation Training (ART)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 79-83
    3. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 85-101
    4. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 103-111
    5. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 123-135
    6. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 137-152
    7. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 153-171
    8. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 173-183
    9. Matthias Berking, Brian Whitley
      Pages 185-196

About this book


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyFriedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Private PracticeIrvineUSA

About the authors

Dr. Matthias Berking is a Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Marburg/Germany. He is also a licensed psychotherapist trained in a wide range of empirically-validated interventions. In the past decade, Dr. Berking has focused on clarifying the relevance of emotion regulation skills for the development and maintenance of mental disorders. He has published numerous research articles and books on this subject and has run several large clinical trials evaluating interventions that aim to enhance emotion regulation skills in clinical and at-risk populations. He lives in Marburg, Germany, with his wife and three children. Brian Whitley, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a counseling practice in Irvine, California. Brian has a unique background with 11 years of experience as a police officer. As a former police officer, Brian actively participated in several domestic violence intervention programs and shared his knowledge of domestic violence with others including medical students, law enforcement, and psychology graduate students. Brian now uses his background to assist other officers to manage the stressors of law enforcement more effectively. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.

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