Niklas Toerneke, MD, is a psychiatrist and has worked as a senior psychiatrist in the department of general psychiatry in his hometown Kalmar (in the southeast of Sweden) from 1991 until he started private practice 1998. He earned license as a psychotherapist in 1996 and was originally trained as a cognitive therapist. Since 1998 he has worked mainly with acceptance and commitment therapy, both in his own practice and as a teacher and clinical supervisor. His clinical experience ranges from psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia to common anxiety and mood disorders with high prevalence in the general population.
"Along with the explosion of interest in newer psychotherapies
such as ACT, behavioral activation, DBT, FAP, and
mindfulness/acceptance/meditation based interventions, many
clinicians who were not extensively trained in behaviorism want a
deeper understanding of the fundamental behavioral processes and
theory that that underlie these treatments. Up to now, this basic
information was buried and dispersed in an array of textbooks,
philosophical and theoretical treatises, and an extensive
laboratory-based experimental literature. Ramneroe and Toerneke
have distilled the essentials of this (often) esoteric literature
in a clearly written, comprehensive, up-to-date book that
frequently illustrates the abstract principles with clinical
applications. Operant conditioning, respondent conditioning,
exteroceptive conditioning, stimulus control, establishing
operation, functional analysis, relational framing, negative versus
positive reinforcement, are a just a few examples of the concepts
that are demystified, made understandable, and clinically relevant.
The book is an ideal basic text for graduate students learning
about behavioral psychotherapy (the author's name for the new
treatments mentioned above) and will fulfill the needs the
experienced clinician who wants a deeper understanding of these
--Robert J. Kohlenberg, professor of psychology at the University of Washington
"It is rare to find a book on behavioral analysis that
successfully incorporates theory and clinical utility. The ABCS of
Human Behavior does, indeed, succeed. Ramneroe and Toerneke provide
the reader with a concise description of ideas dating back to
Skinner as well as more recent treatments of such complex issues as
understanding cognition. This engaging book will provide scholarly
and practical information that is a must read for clinicians and
students from all theoretical backgrounds."
--Christopher R. Martell, Ph.D., ABPP, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology at the University of Washington and author of Depression in Context
"The authors combine advanced discussions about learning theory
and behavioral analysis with straightforward and informative
examples. The book also discusses the more recent theoretical
developments within the fields of human language and cognition.
Both beginners and experienced therapists will find much to learn
from reading this book."
--Lennart Melin, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden