Live Demonstrations With Challenging Clients using ACT with Dr Russ Harris

Course Description

Recorded Webinar – 2 hours
Presenter:Dr. Russ Harris
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What kind of client presentations do you find most challenging?

What shows up for you in those moments? What do you struggle with most? How do you get stuck?

Would you like to see live therapy sessions, dealing with those very issues?

Russ says, “I’ve run this workshop several times at ACBS world conferences, and it’s by far the most popular out of all the ones I’ve done over the years.”

This workshop will consist mainly of live demonstrations.

The first 30 minutes will be on how to set up your sessions for maximal impact, and how to interrupt and redirect problematic client behaviour as it occurs in session. For the rest of the time, volunteers will work with Russ, role-playing their most challenging clients. (Let us know in advance if you’d like to volunteer.) Russ will  at times ‘pause’ the role play, to explain what he is doing in terms of the ACT model. If relevant, he may also ‘rewind’ the roleplay – go back to an earlier point in the session and show how you can tackle the issue from different facets of the hexaflex – e.g. come in with values, rather than defusion.

The emphasis will be on working with commonplace challenging client behaviours, that often trigger anxiety, frustration, or hopelessness in therapists.

You will learn:

  • How to set up your sessions for maximal impact, and win your clients over to an ACT framework
  • How to respectfully and compassionately interrupt problematic client behaviour as it occurs in session
  • How to use mini-mindfulness interventions to keep your clients focused and your sessions on track
  • How to instigate, model and reinforce psychologically flexible behaviour ‘on the fly’
  • How to use the principle of ‘workability’ to rapidly undermine almost any problematic behaviour
  • How to use ‘pre-empting the mind’ from the very start of therapy, to promote defusion from therapy-interfering cognitions
  • How to use ‘locus of control’ principles to promote realistic goals and action plans
About Your Presenter

Dr Russ Harris: Medical Practitioner – Psychotherapist – Executive Coach 

Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’, is a world-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. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles – as a therapist and as a coach.

Since 2005, Russ has run over 700 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for over 50,000 health professionals, including therapists, coaches, counsellors, doctors, and psychologists. He has authored four ACT textbooks (ACT Made Simple, Getting Unstuck in ACT, ACT Questions & Answers and Trauma-Focused ACT), and six ACT-based self-help books, including The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, and ACT with Love. His first book, The Happiness Trap, is now the best-selling ACT book in the world – with over one million copies sold, and 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.) Russ 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).


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Live Demonstrations With Challenging Clients using ACT with Dr Russ Harris

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