ACT For Self-Harming and Suicidality with Dr Russ Harris

Two hour skills building webinar

7th Dec 2021

USD $45.00 (+ VAT if applicable)


Tuesday 7th  December, 2021
9am – 11am UK time;  8pm – 10pm 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 6 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

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).

Russ’s latest textbook, Trauma-Focused ACT, is released on December 1st.


How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. The event will be hosted via Zoom. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions. Just click and join the workshop 

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 webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of presentation will be available after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual dates, 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, Zoom allows you to easily connect with other participants’  in breakout rooms.

Will the Webinar work 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.

Register now:

USD $45.00 (+ VAT if applicable)