Topic Index

After writing for three years, and starting with very limited knowledge of how things like categories and tags worked, there are a lot of posts hidden in my backfiles that might be just what you’re looking for.  So my project is to organise my posts into a topic index!  Here are the first two.

ACT – posts about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness, acceptance and committed action

This section is about aspects of acceptance, mindfulness, values, committed action, and ACT, the therapy.  I am no expert in ACT, although I am slowly learning more about the approach.  Several aspects of this therapy appeal to me – firstly the adherence to a research base for it’s effectiveness; the way in which personal values are honoured; the recognition that to achieve what is valued requires committed action and therefore requires behavioural approaches such as goal setting, graded exposure, self regulation and so on; and finally, the way in which it expands the view of human health – not to avoid negative experiences, or to resist them, but instead to flow alongside them while still endeavouring to live out that which is important.

A quick (oops! long) observation on using ACT

Accepting what life throws at ya

Measuring changes during graded exposure & acceptance treatment

Values informing goals

Goals, outcomes, direction & values

Mindfulness and exercise?

ACT-ing well, living well i

Act-ing Well, living well ii

A dilemma – ACT-ing Well, Living Well

Act-ing Well, Living Well iii : Acceptance & Willingness

An accidental form of control: when mindfulness produces happiness ACTing Well, Living Well iv

Values and outcomes in pain management: occupational therapists only

Accepting chronic pain

Balance, control & passion

All about us – clinical encounters, clinical reasoning

One of the aspects of disability, especially disablement due to chronic pain, that often doesn’t receive the attention that I think it should, is what we do as clinicians.  We enter our various health professions hoping to do something positive for people – and yet, so many people with persistent pain and disability tell tales of woe when they describe encounters with health providers.  I see this part of the biopsychosocial model as the ‘macro’ part of the social aspects of health.

It’s about how we respond to the people we see, what we recommend to them, how we shape the views of the community and the individual – and yes, even our legislation.  Simply by writing this blog I’m hoping to expand the reach of research to other health professionals and people with chronic pain.  This selection of posts discusses those parts of healthcare that we can and need to reflect on and consider how we can change what we do to reduce distress and disability.

Looking at you, looking at me: The effect of clinical encounters

Knowing how is not equal to doing

I don’t know: three words we might not be saying enough

Taking a closer look at health encounters for people with chronic pain

Essential skills for pain clinicians

Clinicians and graded exposure

How well do we really communicate?

Is reassurance reassuring?

Intuition and other failings in clinical reasoning

Ways to ask about sensitive topics

10 Things You Really Oughta Know About Chronic Pain

Divergent pathways in pain management

Talking pain – seeking validation: Social interaction in pain

People with high risk factors for disability get more biomedical information

Here’s looking at us

Depression, demoralisation and CBT for everyone

For anyone who is worried – there will be more of these ‘Index’ posts coming up as I attempt to ‘organise’ my writing!


  1. “Organizing the blog” is just a milestone along the way to “writing the book.” The subjects will sort of fall into chapters or sections by themselves.

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