ACT for Worrying, Ruminating and Obsessing with Dr Russ Harris

Two hour webinar

29 2021


Thursday 29th July, 2021
9am – 11am UK time; 6pm – 8pm Melbourne Time. CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
Online Webinar + recording
Presenter: Dr. Russ Harris
Please note: you can still access the recording for 3 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

Clients (and therapists) often get repeatedly caught up in worrying, ruminating, obsessing, fantasising about the life they could have, ‘analysis paralysis’, dwelling on ‘if only’. These covert behaviours (i.e. cognitive processes) are not easy to disrupt. A bit of defusion, a bit of mindfulness: that is not likely to help much with such deeply entrenched and consuming mental habits. Indeed, some clients don’t even want to change these habits: ‘Worrying helps me prepare for the worst’, ‘Ruminating helps me understand myself’. So if we want to help our clients (and ourselves) to change these covert behaviours, we’ll need to come at it from all points of the hexaflex.

In this webinar, you will learn many techniques and strategies to help your clients (and yourself) successfully reduce worrying, ruminating and obsessing (WRO).

You’ll learn how to:

  • First validate and normalise WRO, before gently exploring the costs
  • Help clients become aware of the many ‘payoffs’ (reinforcing consequences) – mostly unconscious – that continually reinforce WRO
  • Understand and explain the purpose of WRO in evolutionary terms
  • Use simple metaphors to help clients see the unworkability of these cognitive processes, and open them to an alternative
  • Overcome resistance to change
  • Use powerful mindfulness practices such as ‘dipping in and out of the stream’ to rapidly disrupt WRO.
  • Teach clients fast, effective strategies to help them ‘prepare for the worst’ or ‘understand who I am’ (methods that are much quicker and more efficient than WRO)
  • Tease out values and values-based goals from beneath WRO
  • Overcome barriers to change, such as the short-term increase in emotional discomfort that often occurs as WRO first reduces
  • Work with WRO in simple, informal ways throughout every session, using techniques such as ‘thought ticking’
  • Modify the popular ‘worry time’ technique from CBT to make it ACT-congruent
  • Utilise a simple strategy to help clients whose WRO relates to a difficult dilemma, tough decision, or values conflict
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).


How do I access the online 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.

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

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.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 3 weeks 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.

What equipment do I need?

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).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

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

Will I be able to access the online workshop on my computer?

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.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

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.