Trauma-Focused ACT with Russ Harris

General Information

Presenter: Dr Russ Harris

Dates: February 8, 9 & 15, 16 ( 5pm-8.30pm EST)

Fee: $400 (Earlybird discount until1/1 $325) Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Venue: Online Webinar

Trauma-Focused ACT with Russ Harris



An in-depth, integrated approach to healing from trauma

If you want to help your clients find safety and security in their bodies, unlearn old physical responses to trauma, overcome hyperarousal and hypoarousal, shift from self-hatred to self-compassion, work mindfully with body memory, break free from dissociation, and learn how to build develop rich and meaningful lives …. this 2-day masterclass is for you.

This advanced-level ACT training is intensely practical, with a major emphasis on working with the body and limbic system. Sadly many therapists don’t realize that ACT is a powerful somatic therapy, ideal for working flexibly and creatively with the body (which is, of course, where so much trauma is “imprinted”). This masterclass will show you how to use ACT in a deeper, holistic, integrative way, to work flexibly with body, mind and emotion.

In this two-day advanced level training, you’ll discover cutting-edge strategies for healing the past, living in the present, and building a new future. With this compassion-based, exposure-centered approach, you’ll learn how to help your clients:

  • Find safety and security in their bodies
  • Overcome hyperarousal and hypoarousal
  • Break free from dissociation
  • Shift from self-hatred to self-compassion
  • Rapidly ground themselves and reengage in life
  • Unhook from difficult cognitions and emotions
  • Develop an integrated sense of self
  • Resolve traumatic memories through “inner child” work and flexible exposure
  • Connect with and live by their values, and engage fully in life here and now
  • Experience post-traumatic growth

Training takes place via Zoom and will be recorded.


This course assumes at least a beginners-level knowledge in ACT. Before enrolling, you must do at least one of the following:

  • Attend an introductory level 2-day ACT workshop (with any trainer; please reach out to us at to purchase recordings of on introductory ACT workshops). 
  • Complete online ACT for Beginners course.
  • Thoroughly work through a beginners-level ACT textbook from start to end such as ACT Made Simple or Learning ACT. 

Workshop Contents

This course will help you become more flexible, fluent and creative in ACT, so you can work effectively not just with PTSD but with the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues: simple, complex, acute or chronic.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The neurobiology of trauma, including Polyvagal theory and Attachment theory
  • How to work effectively with the limbic system
  • How to bring a numb body back to life
  • Why and how “talk therapy” and “supportive counselling” can keep clients stuck in trauma
  • How to use movement and mindfulness to help a client’s body unlearn old adaptive responses to trauma
  • How to work with a freeze response
  • How to help clients find a sense of safety and security in their body
  • Simple psychoeducation to help clients understand their trauma symptoms

And you’ll also learn about:

  • How to reverse hopelessness and build optimism from the word ‘go’
  • How to rapidly ground and center your clients
  • How to use values for post-traumatic growth
  • Epigenetic aspects of trauma, and how to ameliorate them
  • How to recognize and reverse emotional dysregulation
  • Powerful new tools, techniques and metaphors for working with trauma
  • When and where ‘mindfulness meditation’ is contraindicated in trauma work
  • How to use mindfulness processes flexibly and safely (without meditation)

And this too:

  • The art and science of compassionate, flexible exposure
  • How to keep exposure safe by ‘Dipping in’ and ‘Dipping out’
  • How to develop self-compassion, step-by-step, in the face of self-hatred
  • How to revisit traumatic memories safely, without getting trapped in them
  • How to use self-as-context naturalistically to help clients transcend past trauma
  • How to deconstruct and overcome shame, step-by-step

And, as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also discover:

  • Inner child imagery and rescripting
  • Nightmare rehearsal and rescripting
  • Working with body memory
  • Defusion from self-hatred, self-criticism, self-blame
  • Mindfulness and defusion as antidotes to worrying, rumination, catastrophising
  • How to overcome common barriers to change
  • Working with comorbidity
  • Shifting paradigms: from the “window of tolerance” to the “window of flexibility”
  • Making “homework” simple, desirable, and likely to be successful
  • And much, much more!

You will receive:

  • Articles, protocols, and research data on the clinical use of ACT with trauma
  • An 8-week e-course after the workshop for ongoing learning
  • Detailed handouts covering a wide array of useful ACT interventions
  • Scripts for a wide range of experiential exercises.
  • A variety of useful client worksheets
  • MP3 recordings of key mindfulness exercises

Training Logistics

This four-session online training will be live and interactive.
You’ll be able to ask the presenter questions, and there will be ‘breakout rooms’ for interacting with other participants.
Each session of training will last for three hours and twenty minutes. This consists of three hours’ training plus two 10-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.


Since 2005, Russ has run over 800 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for 70,000 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.

Trauma-Focused ACT with Russ Harris


  1. Help clients find safety and security in their bodies
  2. Learn how to overcome hyperarousal and hypoarousal
  3. Teach clients to break free from dissociation
  4. Guide to shift from self-hatred to self-compassion
  5. Help cilents rapidly ground themselves and reengage in life
  6. Teach how to unhook from difficult cognitions and emotions
  7. Learn how to develop an integrated sense of self
  8. Resolve traumatic memories through “inner child” work and flexible exposure
  9. Connect with and live by their values, and engage fully in life here and now
  10. Teach clients to experience post-traumatic growth

Application Deadline

February 10, 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 January 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.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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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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