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Course: NEW! ACT Made Simple (2nd Edition)
by Russ Harris, MD

CE Credit Hours: 16
Fee: $64

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What’s 'new' in the new edition of, 'ACT Made Simple' 2nd edition? To begin with, there is a significant amount of new material. The 2nd Edition addresses exposure, relationship issues, flexible thinking, harnessing the power of emotions, self-compassion, shame, overcoming hopelessness, etc. Over 60% of the book is new and there has been a substantial rewriting of the initial edition for clarity purposes. This edition is replete with new exercises, metaphors, tools, techniques and notes from therapy sessions. It also includes the 'choice point': which Russ Harris proposes to be the simplest, easiest, most impactful tool to help people learn and apply ACT quickly and effectively. He says it is the central tool in all his live workshops and online training courses. However, he posits that even for those already familiar with ‘choice point’ this edition will guide them in its use for maximum impact.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Provide clients with an overview of the ACT model and its underlying theory.
  • Explain the basics of getting started including how to do experiential therapy, obtain informed consent, and structure ongoing sessions.
  • Describe in detail the six core processes of ACT.
  • Apply those six core ACT processes to a wide range of clinical issues in a simple and practical way.
  • Use the provided scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets as a foundation for practicing ACT with clients.
  • Implement the choice point: the simplest, easiest and most impactful tool for helping people to learn and apply ACT quickly and effectively.
  • Apply the ACT principles in one’s own life to deal with personal issues and as a means to strengthen the therapeutic relationship by embodying ACT in the therapy 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 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.