ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris

General Information

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.

ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


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.


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.

ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


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

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

ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris


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

ACT Made Simple with Russ Harris