ACT for Trauma: Working with Body, Mind and Emotion

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July

Overview

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July 2018
Workshop times: 9- 4.30pm on Day 1 & 9 – 3.30pm on Day 2
 Central London
Presenter: Dr Russ Harris

Please Note: Russ’ last UK workshop sold out 2 months in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment

An in-depth, integrated approach to healing from trauma 

If you want to help your clients 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 …. this 2-day masterclass is for you.

This advanced-level ACT training is intensely practical, with a major emphasis on working with the body and limbic system. Sadly 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 masterclass will show you how to use ACT in a deeper, holistic, integrative way, to work flexibly with body, mind and emotion.

In these two days, you’ll discover a treasure-trove of simple but powerful tools, techniques and processes that you can immediately start using to enhance your work with the entire spectrum of trauma-related dysfunction, and speed your clients to post-traumatic growth.
You’ll go deeper into the ACT model and learn how to adapt and enhance it to effectively address all the common problems of trauma therapy: dissociation, flashbacks, numbness, nightmares, hyperarousal, hypoarousal, fractured sense of self, shame, self-hatred, aggression, addiction, hopelessness, social withdrawal, intimacy issues, emotional dysregulation and more.

This course will help you become more flexible, fluent and creative in ACT, so you can work effectively not just with PTSD but with the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues: simple, complex, acute or chronic.

N.B. You should complete an  introductory ACT workshop, before attending this workshop; a basic level of ACT knowledge will be assumed.

What You Will Learn

Here’s 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

And 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 this too:

  • 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 “zone of flexibility”
  • Making “homework” simple, desirable, and likely to be successful
  • And much, much more!

You will receive:

  • Articles, protocols, and research data on the clinical use of ACT with trauma
  • A 4-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

About the Presenter

Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’, is an 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 – with over 12,000 hours of one-on-one sessions under his belt.

Since 2005, Russ has provided ACT training for over 15,000 Australian therapists, coaches, counselors, doctors, and other health professionals. He has authored two ACT textbooks (including ACT Made Simple)The Happiness Trap is now the most widely-translated ACT book in the world, available in over thirty countries and twenty-two languages.

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. He 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.

Fees

  • Early bird – £240  +VAT – ends 20th June
  • Standard rate £270 + VAT – from 20th June
  • 30% discount for booking both the ACT Made Simple and ACT for Trauma events together by 20th of June: £168 + VAT per event, total of £336 + VAT
  • Standard rate for both workshops £480 + VAT – from 20th June