2023 ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris

General Information

Title 2023: ACT Made Simple

Presenter: Dr Russ Harris

Dates: October 25, 26 & November 1,2 (5:30pm-8.40pm EST)

Fee: $375

Venue: Online Webinar

2023 ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


ACT Made Simple – Online Workshop (Four Half-Day Sessions)

The beginners-level ‘ACT Made Simple’ workshop is highly experiential, and useful for all health practitioners, including psychologists, counsellors, coaches, therapists, social workers, doctors, nurses, and occupational therapists. It will give you a good, solid foundation in the core processes of ACT, and you’ll immediately be able to start applying these methods with clients.

Each workshop is a ‘jargon-free zone’ guided by three core values: simplicity, clarity, and practicality. (There’s also a big emphasis on having fun). You will experience a wide variety of ACT exercises, and you will be encouraged to apply them to a personal issue of your own, to get a genuine sense of how these methods work.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • 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 utilise 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

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
  • An 8 week follow up e-course

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.
Each session of training will last for just over 3 hours each. This consists of three hours’ training plus two 5-minute breaks.
The training will take place via Zoom and will be recorded.
You’ll receive the recording of each day’s session within 24 hours – and you’ll have access to it for 8 weeks.


Dr Russ Harris, author of the best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap‘, is an internationally-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ’s background is in medicine. 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, and he now works in two different, yet complementary roles: both as a therapist and as a coach.

Since 2005, Russ has run over 800 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for 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). In addition, he has been the co-authored of two other self-help books: The Weight Escape and The Happiness Trap Pocketbook. His best-known book, The Happiness Trap, has sold over one million copies worldwide, with translations into more than 30 languages.  (To download the opening chapter, click here.)

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. (For examples, go to testimonials )

2023 ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


Objective #1: Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility

Objective #2: Formulate common clinical problems using a psychological flexibility model

Objective #3: Explain how the six flexibility processes can be organized into three major chunks that underlying most 3rd wave interventions

Objective #4: Demonstrate the ability to formulate an ACT consistent therapeutic agreement

Objective #5: Show how to use “creative hopelessness” to motivate a change in the control agenda

Objective #6: Demonstrate at least three defusion skills or methods

Objective #7: Demonstrate at least two acceptance skills or methods

Objective #8: Demonstrate at least two skills designed to increase attentional flexibility and the ability to contact the present moment in a way that is flexible, fluent, and voluntary

Objective #9: Demonstrate at least two skills or methods designed to increase perspective-taking or“self-as-context”

Objective #10: Distinguish between goals and values as specified in an ACT model

Objective #11: Demonstrate at least two values construction skills or methods

Objective #12: Distinguish ‘mindfulness’ from meditation, relaxation, distraction.

Objective #13: Demonstrate a simple mindfulness technique for grounding during intense emotional states

Objective #14: Describe the state of ACT as an evidence-based treatment

Objective #15: Describe how the choice point can be used in ACT case conceptualization

Application Deadline

October 23, 2023 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 $25) until September 20, 2023.  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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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-0046NEFESH 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-0082NEFESH 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, signed in or 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 sign/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. 


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2023 ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


October 25 26 & November 1,2,, 2023

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

2 Hours

  • 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

2 Hours 

  • 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

2 Hours

  • 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

2 Hours

  • 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

2 Hours

  • 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

2 Hours

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


2023 ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris