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ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris

May 18 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm


















ACT Made Simple: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

Presenter: Dr. Russ Harris

Dates: May 18, 19, 25, 26 6:00 to 9:20 PM Eastern Time.  

Fee: $450

Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

This four-session online training will be live and interactive.
You will be able to ask the presenter questions and, at times, you will go into ‘breakout rooms’ with other participants. The training will be recorded. All participants will have access to recordings for 8 weeks.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.



The ACT Made Simple workshop is very experiential, and useful for both therapists and coaches. Russ likes to call it ‘ACT Made Simple‘ – because it covers so much material in such a short space of time.

Each workshop is a ‘jargon-free zone’ guided by three core values: simplicity, clarity, and accessibility. (There’s also a big emphasis on having fun).

You will experience a wide variety of ACT exercises, and you will be encouraged to work with your own personal issues. You will be lead through these exercises in the same way as you would instruct them to your clients.

You will also receive extensive support materials (more so than in any other ACT training around the world) including a free copy of Russ’s ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap (this will be an eBook), an album of professionally-recorded mp3s of key mindfulness skills, and a 3-month-long follow up e-course.

Each session of training will last for three hours and twenty minutes. This consists of three hours’ training plus two 10-minute breaks.

You will receive:

  • A free copy of ‘The Happiness Trap’ – Russ’s ACT-based self-help book (this will be an eBook)
  • Mindfulness skills: Volume 1 – an album of professionally-recorded mp3s of key mindfulness skills
  • Scripts for ACT techniques & exercises, which you can either use verbatim or adapt as desired for your clients
  • A variety of useful handouts and worksheets for use with clients
  • Ongoing support via e-mail


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, you will have learned:

  • The six core principles of ACT, and how to adapt them to different clinical populations
  • Five powerful tools to develop and strengthen psychological acceptance
  • Ten powerful ways to rapidly reduce the believability of negative thoughts (without challenging them)
  • A sound understanding of mindfulness, and how to use it therapeutically
  • How to innovate your own mindfulness techniques
  • How to effectively utilize ACT in a wide variety of clinical problems
  • How to effectively use interventions based on metaphor, paradox and experiential exercises
  • How to apply ACT in your own life, to create a sense of vitality, meaning and fulfilment
  • How to use ACT to help you cope with the stresses of difficult clients
  • How to access and experience a transcendent sense of self
  • How to fundamentally change your relationship with unwanted thoughts and feelings
  • How to help clients connect with their core values, and take committed action


Application Deadline

May 16, 2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until April 18,2022.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

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If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Meet the Instructor:

Dr Russell Harris, M.B.B.S., is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist and executive coach, in private practice in Melbourne, Australia.

He graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, in 1989, and emigrated to Melbourne in 1991.

As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles – as a therapist and as a coach.

Since 2005, Russ has run over 800 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for over 60,000 health professionals. He has authored four ACT textbooks (ACT Made Simple, Trauma Focused ACT, Getting Unstuck in ACT, ACT Questions & Answers), and four ACT-based self-help books (The Happiness Trap, The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap and ACT with Love). His best-known book, The Happiness Trap, has sold over one million copies worldwide, with translations into more than 30 languages.

Russ has a unique model for training, which he calls ‘ACT Made Simple’, because it covers so much material in a short space of time. (In fact, he even has even written an introductory text book on ACT, titled ‘ACT Made Simple’. To download the first chapter, click here.) He proudly proclaims each workshop a ‘jargon-free zone’ – and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun. His highly-acclaimed ACT workshops are brief, powerful, cost-effective and life-enhancing. Participants regularly report not only major improvements in their therapy and/or coaching, but also in their personal lives – and evaluation forms frequently praise his ability to make complex ideas seem very simple.




Program Schedule: 

Topic 1: Opening ACT – What’s It All About?

  • Overview: The aims and origins of ACT
  • The core processes & principles of ACT
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Explaining ACT simply to clients
  • Setting up sessions for success
  • Establishing therapy goals
  • First steps in therapy

Topic 2: Drop The Struggle

  • Why pain is inevitable for all humans
  • Why we all try to avoid/escape pain, and what this cost us
  • Helping clients to drop the struggle with pain: to stop fighting and fleeing it
  • Mindfulness without meditation
  • Grounding and centering (“dropping anchor”)
  • Contacting the present moment: focusing and engaging

Topic 3: Watch Your Thinking – The Art & Science of Cognitive Defusion

  • Cognitive defusion: How to reduce the impact and influence of difficult thoughts, beliefs, images & memories, without ever challenging or disputing them
  • The 3 Ns of cognitive defusion: Noticing, Naming & Neutralising
  • Creativity and playfulness in defusion

Topic 4: Do What Matters – Values and Committed Action

  • How to clarify values and use them for motivation
  • Values as a pathway to meaning, purpose and fulfilment
  • Goal-setting & action plans
  • Values-guided problem solving
  • Barriers to change & how to overcome them

Topic 5: Open Up – Acceptance and Self-Compassion

  • How to accept painful thoughts, feelings, emotions and memories
  • Self-compassion
  • Barriers to acceptance and how to overcome them

Topic 6: Fluent and Flexible – The Dance of ACT

  • The ‘observing self’
  • Bringing it all together
  • Dancing from process to process
  • The resilience formula
  • Going further with ACT






May 18 @ 8:00 am
May 26 @ 5:00 pm