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Course: ACT Made Simple: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
by Russ Harris, MD

CE Credit Hours: 11
Fee: $54

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ACT Made Simple is a practical and entertaining primer, ideal for ACT newcomers and experienced ACT professionals alike. The text offers clear explanations of the six ACT processes and a set of real-world tips and solutions for rapidly implementing them in your practice. This book gives clinicians everything they need to start using ACT with their clients for positive results.

This text provides:
• Scripts, exercises and metaphors to use with your clients
• A session-by-session guide to implementing ACT
• Transcripts from therapy sessions
• Guidance for creating your own therapeutic exercises
• Practical tips to overcome 'therapy roadblocks'

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Identify the six core therapeutic processes of ACT and describe the interdependence among these processes.
  • Gather a client history and conceptualize cases as adapted for ACT.
  • Implement ACT in clinical practice using the session-by-session guide.
  • Use the provided scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets as a foundation for practicing ACT with clients.
  • Describe “therapy roadblocks” and tips to overcome them.
  • Apply the ACT principles in one’s own life to deal with personal issues as a means to generalize the practice of ACT in the therapy or coaching room.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to Amazon.com for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Russ Harris, MD

Russ Harris MD, received his medical degree in 1989, from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He migrated to Australia in 1991, and set up practice as a GP in Melbourne.

As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and well-being (and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions). Ultimately this interest led to a total career change, and he now works in two different, yet complementary roles: as a therapist and as a life coach.

Over the years, he has trained in many types of therapy and coaching, but when he discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a unique and creative mindfulness-based behavioral therapy, he was so deeply impressed that he immediately went to the U.S.A. to train with its creators, Steve Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. Since then, he has been back many times, and is now an internationally-renowned ACT trainer.

His ACT-based self-help book, The Happiness Trap, is a best-seller, now published in over twenty-two countries and seventeen different 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. (In fact, he even has even written an introductory text book on ACT, titled 'ACT Made Simple'. He proudly proclaims each workshop a 'jargon-free zone' - and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun.

Since 2005, Russ has traveled all around Australia, and internationally, providing workshops and training for a wide variety of health professionals, from coaches and counselors, to psychologists and psychiatrists. His highly acclaimed ACT workshops are typically 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.