Trauma-Focused ACT: an in-depth, integrated approach to helping clients heal from trauma with Dr Russ Harris

Two day workshop

7th - 8th Sep 2022

USD $300.00 (+ VAT if applicable)

Overview

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September 2022 (please note: this is a revised date)
8.30am to 2.30pm UK time; 5.30pm to 11.30pm Melbourne time CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
Online Workshop + recording available after
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

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 intermediate-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.

Trauma-Focused ACT (TF-ACT) is a flexible, comprehensive approach model for treating the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, moral injury, chronic pain, shame, suicidality, insomnia, complicated grief, attachment issues, sexual problems, and more.

In this two-day intermediate level training, you’ll discover cutting-edge strategies for healing the past, living in the present, and building a new future. With this compassion-based, exposure-centered approach, you’ll learn how to help your clients:

  • Find safety and security in their bodies
  • Overcome hyperarousal and hypoarousal
  • Break free from dissociation
  • Shift from self-hatred to self-compassion
  • Rapidly ground themselves and reengage in life
  • Unhook from difficult cognitions and emotions
  • Develop an integrated sense of self
  • Resolve traumatic memories through “inner child” work and flexible exposure
  • Connect with and live by their values, and engage fully in life here and now
  • Experience post-traumatic growth
N.B. You should complete an  introductory ACT workshop, before attending this workshop; a basic level of ACT knowledge will be assumed.
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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 “window 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
  • An 8-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.

 

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USD $300.00 (+ VAT if applicable)