Academic journal article The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy


Academic journal article The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy


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Jack Apsche, Ed.D, ABPP

Editor in Chief

For this "best of" IJBCT special issue I have asked two friends and colleagues and, members of our editorial board, Rob Zettle and Chris Bass to select three articles each that they perceive important and influential to our profession. Rob and Chris have chosen articles either that have been published in IJBCT or other BAO journals. Their choices are well deserved and for Rob it was three impactful ACT articles and for Chris it was three important MDT articles. As a Psychologist who implements both methodologies I believe that they have chosen wisely and I am impressed with the depth of the articles chosen. I have also chosen three articles that are from three different areas of Contextual Behavior Sciences. My choices were varied and took into account functional analysis, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and ACT.

The first article that I chose is the article by Jonathan Kanter, Joe Cautilli and Andrew Busch. It is an interesting look at some environmental factors that appear to be related to depression. This article presents several important factors that point to those as factors that are related to depression. These factors and others might point to some alternatives to medication for some cases of depression.

The second article addressed ACT with children, adolescents and their parents. This article remains as important today as it was in 2006 when it was published. The area of child and adolescent and families is an area that ACT and other contextual therapies continue to develop in the literature. I believe that MDT has a relationship with ACT as a contextual therapy and has demonstrated some positive effects with specific adolescents and ACT will grow in this area shortly.

The final article by Patrick Mullisk, Sara Landed and Jonathan Kanter do an excellent review of contextual therapies, specifically functional analytic psychotherapy in PTSD. The article develops specific pathways for the treatment of PTSD with contextual therapies.

I hope that this issue of IJBCT begins a new series of important articles that we will publish in our journal. Please keep checking in on our journal because we will have special editions including one on Functional analytic psychotherapy, ACT< MDT and one by the CBA SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.


Jack Apsche

Christopher Bass

Senior Associate Editor

I was given the opportunity by Jack Apsche to select three articles from the collection of article on the family of BAO journals. I have chosen three articles on MDT because I believe that this methodology may change the way we treat adolescents with a variety of disorders. I have worked in the development of MDT over the years and have trained countless students and clinicians who will be the future of this methodology.

If my choice appears self serving, you might say that, although I prefer to look at the many troubled adolescents who have benefited from MDT that otherwise might be held in juvenile corrections or other congregate care facilities.

Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) is a novel treatment that has generated a multitude of interest. Literature reviews of empirically based psychosocial treatment approaches that serve adolescents in crisis have begun to include MDT alongside of other treatment approaches. Treatment approaches which have been linked to adolescents include (but are not limited to) Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (Kohlenberg), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Linehan) and Multisystemic Therapy (Littell). Over the course of the past decade Jack Apsche and various colleagues have formulated a theoretical approach which attempts to serve the whole adolescent in psychotherapy. With the creation of Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), Apshe et al have created an empirically validated treatment which adds to the existing cadre of seminal work serving the needs of Adolescents who present with symptoms of Axis I and II clinical disorders. …

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