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Developing Self-Acceptance: A Brief, Educational, Small Group Approach

Developing Self-Acceptance: A Brief, Educational, Small Group Approach

Windy Dryden

ISBN: 978-0-470-86615-3

May 1998

240 pages

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One of the world's leading practitioners, thinkers and teachers in the field of psychotherapy and counselling here presents an account of how to run brief, structured, educationally oriented groups which aim to develop self-acceptance as a step in helping clients who have emotional problems. Windy Dryden illustrates the process and practicalities of running self-acceptance groups with a detailed session-by-session review of his own practice with one group, using the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy approach with which he is so much associated. This book offers to students and practitioners of therapy and counselling
* An introduction to the principles of REBT and some valuable developments of the approach which will interest even experienced followers of REBT
* A powerful process for building self-acceptance, rather than self-esteem, in a way which stresses a person's uniqueness, humanity, complexity and fallibility
* Clear, practical guidance on how therapists and counsellors can use and present these principles and processes within structured, educational groups
"Windy Dryden has done it again ... he has taken one of the key theories of REBT, added to it considerably, and shown in detail how it can be successfully implemented by teachers, and by therapists with their clients ... (he) has done a great service to emotional education by providing us with this sound and practical manual." From the Foreword by Albert Ellis, President, Albert Ellis Institute for REBT, New York This book appears in the Wiley Series in Brief Therapy and Counselling Series Editor: Windy Dryden Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

The ABCDE Model of REBT.

Ego Disturbance and the REBT View of Unconditional Self-acceptance.

Running Self-acceptance Groups: The Role of the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist.

Setting up a Self-Acceptance Group.


Session One: Why Self-acceptance and not Self-esteem?

Session Two: Goals and Problem Assessment.

Session Three: Questioning Demands, Self-depreciation Beliefs and their Healthy Alternatives.

Session Four: The Rational Portfolio Method.

Session Five: The Zig-zag Technique and Explaining the Nature of Belief Change.

Session Six: Three Emotive Techniques to Facilitate Change.

Session Seven: The Conjoint Use of Cognitive and Behavioural Techniques.

Session Eight: More Cognitive-behavioural Tasks and Shame-attacking Exercises.

Session Nine: Distorted Inferences: How to Challenge these Products of Irrational Beliefs.

Session Ten: Ending, Evaluation and Beyond.



"…exceptionally clear illustration of the therapeutic concepts and process…" (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Vol.30, 2002)