ACT For Self-Harming and Suicidality with Dr Russ Harris


Recorded Webinar – 2 hours
Presenter: Dr. Russ Harris
You will have access to the recording  for 6 months


Have you ever found yourself stuck, struggling or stressing out about how to work with self-harming or suicidal clients? Of course you have! We all have! These challenging patterns of behaviour – often linked to trauma – are typically persistent, pervasive, and distressing. And not only do they increase clients’ suffering, but they also tend to trigger therapist anxiety and self-doubt.

Fortunately, there are a number of practical and effective ACT techniques and strategies that can quickly help your clients to interrupt and change these behaviours. This 2-hour webinar – which draws upon key themes from Russ’s new textbook, “Trauma Focused ACT” – will involve a combination of didactic and experiential learning, as well as videos of therapy sessions.

You’ll learn:
  • The three “I”s of suicidality
  • The basics of functional analysis and how to apply it to suicidality.
  • How to rapidly interrupt and undermine suicidal behaviour
  • How to defuse from hopelessness or nihilism
  • Simple ways to get to values when the client is suicidal
  • Shame-busting: moving from self-contempt to self-compassion
  • How to work with pain that seems unbearable and never-ending
  • How to find meaning when “life is meaningless”
  • How to get past “I have no values”, and set goals when “nothing matters”
  • Functional analysis of self-harming: what triggers and reinforces it?
  • How to take a “bottom-up” approach, emphasising interoceptive exposure and somatic mindfulness
  • How to interrupt self-harming, and instigate, model and reinforce alternative self-caring repertoires
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).