Trauma-focused ACT

An in-depth, integrated approach to helping clients heal from trauma

14 hours (14 CE credits)
Intermediate level
Recording available for 6 months
Suitable for psychologists, medics, therapists, coaches, social workers, physiotherapists etc

Course Description

Trauma-Focused ACTAn in-depth, integrated approach to healing from trauma 

To overcome the profound and multiple effects of trauma, you’ll want to help your clients achieve all of the following changes:

  • 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.

About this workshop

This intermediate-level ACT training is intensely practical, with a major emphasis on working with the body and limbic system. Many therapists don’t realise 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 2 day equivalent masterclass will show you how to use ACT in a deeper, holistic, integrative way, working flexibly with body, mind and emotion.

Trauma-Focused ACT (TF-ACT) is a flexible, comprehensive approach model for treating the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, moral injury, chronic pain, shame, suicidality, insomnia, complicated grief, attachment issues, and sexual problems.

In this intermediate level training, you’ll discover cutting-edge strategies for healing the past, living in the present, and building a new future using a  compassion-based, exposure-centered approach.


Who would benefit from this workshop

Please note that this is an intermediate level workshop, so you’ll need to be familiar with the ACT model before attending.

For those seeking introductory ACT courses, explore available options here.

We highly recommend this workshop for mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners and licensed mental health counsellors.

“just wonderful. It felt like a bubble of protected time to learn and consolidate. I’ve been to many ACT workshops, and they are all good, but this one was the one where ‘the penny dropped’ with regard to how all the separate processes interlink. Can’t thank you enough.” Dr Karen Sutton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

It was very well organised, enjoyable, well thought about with a good mixture of theory, slides and practical demonstrations and videos. I found the clear and simple way of explaining theory very useful. Russ is a fantastic speaker and it was a privilege to join this workshop and hear/learn from the “master” himself. Thank you!  Sanna, Clinical Psychologist


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

You’ll also learn about:

  • How to reverse hopelessness and build optimism from the word ‘go’
  • How to rapidly ground and centre your clients
  • How to use values for post-traumatic growth
  • Epigenetic aspects of trauma, and how to ameliorate them
  • How to recognise 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 we’ll cover

  • 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’ll receive these resources:

  • 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


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.

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.

This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 16 CE credits for psychologists. To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

After this workshop you will be able to:

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

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.

Trauma-focused ACT
4 sessions: 4th - 12th Jun 2024
Starts: 4th Jun 2024: 4:30 AM (New York time)
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To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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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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