ACT for relationships

Building, repairing and enriching important close relationships

3 hours (3 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, coaches, therapists, counsellors, GPs, and OTs.

Course Description

Close relationships are often a source of deep joy and fulfilment. Unfortunately, even the best of relationships will sooner or later involve conflict, tension, and disconnection.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a powerful model for building, repairing and enhancing important close relationships. By integrating mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, and values-based action, ACT provides practical strategies to resolve conflicts, deepen connection, and  build satisfying relationships. This includes the flexible use of communication, negotiation and assertiveness skills to constructively influence others.

ACT is equally useful for clients who choose to stay and work on the relationship, those who choose to end it, and those who can’t decide either way. So if you’re interested in how to build rich, intimate and fulfilling relationships with the principles and practices of  of ACT, this experiential workshop is for you.

About this workshop

This practical, experiential workshop with Russ Harris will teach you how to apply ACT effectively with common relationship problems, including: attachment issues, lack of intimacy, tension and conflict, infidelity and betrayal, hostility and aggression, withdrawal and avoidance, passivity and defensiveness, resentment, blame, and a whole lot more!

Russ often says, “The best person to practice ACT on … is yourself.” So the experiential exercises will mostly involve working on your own relationship(s). And while the focus is on couples, the principles, exercises and strategies you’ll learn can easily be applied to any important close relationship. The workshop will loosely follow the structure of the 2nd edition of Russ’s self-help book, ACT with love. You can read the first chapter here.

In this experiential workshop you will learn:

  • The five core psychological processes involved in common relationship issues, and how to effectively target them with ACT
  • Simple ways to cultivate acceptance of others
  • How to integrate attachment theory with ACT
  • How to handle painful, complex situations with no easy answers
  • How to use mindfulness and compassion for increased intimacy and openness
  • How to negotiate, communicate, and effectively handle the ‘give and take’, ‘push and pull’ of relationships
  • How to manage anger, fight fairly, and resolve conflicts constructively
  • How to practice forgiveness and build (or rebuild) trust
  • How to help clients choose whether to stay or leave a relationship
  • And a whole lot more!

Please note: The 3 hours duration is a conservative estimate. Russ’s workshops often overrun by 15 to 20 mins, so please allow for extra time, if it’s needed.

Who will benefit from this workshop

Meant for practitioners who have already had basic introductory training in ACT, we recommend this workshop for all mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, coaches, BCBAs, therapists, and counsellors.

Positive feedback from Russ’ previous workshops

I could listen to Russ all day, an awesome presenter with superb ACT knowledge

“Another great experience with the wonderful Russ Harris.  Super sessions that the world should know more about!”

“Superb CPD, Russ Harris is an ACT guru who makes learning the theory and strategies fun, like all learning should be”

“It was interesting, enriching and educational.”

“Very satisfied and will be returning for more. Thank you!”

I loved the videos and the experiential exercises”

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer discounts for groups of people from the same organisation e.g. an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us.

Please email us here  to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify and articulate the five core psychological processes involved in common relationship issues and demonstrate the knowledge of how to effectively target them using ACT techniques.
  • Apply specific ACT strategies and interventions to assist clients in cultivating acceptance of their partners, enhancing their ability to navigate relationship challenges.
  • Integrate attachment theory with ACT principles to analyse and address attachment-related issues within relationships, fostering a deeper understanding and facilitating growth.
  • Utilise mindfulness and compassion techniques to navigate complex and painful situations in relationships, promoting increased intimacy, connection, and emotional attunement.
  • Employ effective communication, conflict resolution, and anger management skills to negotiate and handle challenges in relationships, promoting healthy and constructive interactions.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 3 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 3 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 3 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

ACT With Love by Russ Harris (2nd edition)

ACT for relationships
1st Aug 2024
4:30 AM - 7:30 AM (New York time) change timezone
$80.00 (+ VAT if applicable).
Student price US$40.00   Select:


To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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