All of us – whether we’re a newbie therapist, or whether we’ve been in the profession for many years – find that at times we get stuck in session because of our own fusion and avoidance.
We may get fused with rigid rules – “I have to do it perfectly”, “I must not make mistakes”, “The client can’t leave my room until they are feeling good” – or unrealistic expectations – “I have to fix this”, “I have to solve all their problems”, “I have to take their pain away”. Or we may get hooked by our fears: fear of upsetting or invalidating the client; fear of getting it wrong or making mistakes; fear of looking foolish; fear of negative reactions or evaluations.
Or we may be unwilling to make room for the anxiety of taking risks, trying new things, leaving our comfort zones. Or we may become fused with the client’s sense of hopelessness – and end up feeling hopeless ourselves. Or we may become fixated on the need to have an ACT-congruent outcomes – and start trying to convince or persuade the client.
We may get hooked by self-doubt, self-judgment or impostor syndrome. Or we may fuse with harsh judgments or unhelpful beliefs about the client: “They don’t really want to get better!” Or we may unfairly compare ourselves to ACT gurus. And the list just goes on, and on, and on.
And of course, just like everyone else on the planet, when we’re fused and avoidant, we act in self-defeating ways. We do things that take us away from the ACT model: we become louder or more directive; or we turn into a fixer or problem-solver or we move into reflective listening and “supportive counselling”; or we make the classic mistake of “talking about ACT instead of doing it”; or we fall back on other models with which we feel more comfortable. And then we beat ourselves up for doing ACT badly!
So what can we do about it?
Well, the good news is … a lot!
And that’s why this webinar is all about you.
It’s an opportunity to work on yourself, and learn:
Russ likes to include live demonstrations in his webinars – so if you are willing to work with him on one or more of your own personal barriers, please let us know in advance.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced level practitioners. (Basic ACT knowledge is assumed).
Note: the webinar is supposed to last 2.5 hours, but sometimes Russ runs over, so please allow for 3 hours, just in case. (Of course, if he does run over but you can’t hang around, it’s not an issue; you can always watch the recording afterwards.)
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 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.