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Dr. Lisa Coyne and Dr. Amy Murrell’s Incredible Parenting Guide That Incorporates ACT is Displayed at LibLearnX 2023

This year’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience featured publications using the latest research in a wide range of fields. And on the subject of psychotherapy and parenting, Lisa Coyne and Amy Murrell’s “The Joy of Parenting” does the pioneering work of applying ACT to help families.

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“First parenting book you should buy; possibly the only one you’ll ever need.”

In her book, “The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years”, Dr. Lisa Coyne and Dr. Amy Murell does an incredible job of applying acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for parents, as well as their kids.

Displaying it at the recently-concluded LibLearnX 2023 gave attendees a direct look at how this form of psychotherapy transforms the lives of whole families while also explaining its resurgence during the last few years.

The general idea behind ACT is focused on acknowledging one’s emotions and experiences, whatever they may be. This differs from other psychotherapies that are aimed more at controlling or ‘fixing’ behavior rather than promoting mindfulness.

And within just the first chapter, Dr. Coyne and Dr. Murell shows this easily applying within the context of parenting. Whether it is the distress over one’s parenting mistakes or responses to a child’s bad behavior, Coyne demonstrates how important it is to first acknowledge the thoughts of feelings that come with such experiences.

Coyne also goes further to explain how ACT fills in quite a few important gaps left by more traditional approaches in parenting guides. Oftentimes, these approaches treat emotions and thoughts as intrusive obstacles to ignore, manage or even suppress.

But from her own research on behavioral parenting, she concluded that this neglect could actually explain why even the best parenting techniques don’t always work. Learning mindfulness and other ACT skills could be the solution.

The book is filled with various exercises that help readers towards this goal while also putting as much focus on helping children as well.

“The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years” is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years”
Author | Lisa W. Coyne, PhD and Amy R. Murell, Ph.D.
Published date | October 1, 2009
Publisher | New Harbinger Publications
Genre | Self Help

Author Bio

Dr. Lisa W. Coyne is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA) and is Past President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). She is member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

She is also a licensed psychologist, a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and author. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents and is a co-author of the books Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents (Elsevier), and “The Joy of Parenting” (New Harbinger). Her new books, Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling When OCD Gets Noisy (New Harbinger & Little Brown), Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, were published in 2020.

Dr. Amy Rebekah Epstein Murrell is from Memphis, Tennessee. She got her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2005. She is now an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. Dr. Murrell has been using and researching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with children and parents since 2000 and is very pleased to see that work come into print.

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 Lisa Coyne
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 Amy Murell
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