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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 course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards-ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #110 Course #1102 from 12/19/2016 to 12/18/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 11.

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'

More Course Details
Russ Harris,MD seeks to make ACT 'accessible and enjoyable' and he does this from the Introduction through 15 chapters and the Appendix. Ch 1 'Act in a Nutshell' introduces clinicians to the 'Aim of ACT' and the 'Six Core Therapeutic Processes of ACT'. Ch 2 presents the picture of people being 'stuck' not broken and how to get them 'unstuck'. Ch 3 says that one of the goals of ACT is to 'transform the clients' relationship with their thoughts and feelings so they no longer perceive them as 'symptoms'. Ch 4 'Getting Experiential', posits less talk-more action: ACT as an Experiential Therapy. Chapter 5 addresses the intake and agenda setting with clients. Ch 6 speaks to aiding clients in letting go of the over-control of their emotions. Fusion and defusion from thoughts is discussed in Ch 7. Ch 8 'Open Up', says that 'Acceptance' means allowing our thoughts and feelings to be as they are regardless if they are pleasant or painful. The importance of being in the present is reviewed in Ch 9. Ch 10 is titled 'Pure Awareness'. Ch 11 'Know What Matters' is about the clients' values and what they want to stand for. Ch 12 'Do What It Takes', presents doing what it takes to live by one's values. How to get 'unstuck' is presented in Ch 13 and Ch 14 is about the importance of the 'therapeutic relationship' in ACT. The Therapist's Journey is discussed in Ch 15 and 'Case Conceptualization Made Simple' is addressed in the Appendix.
For a more detailed listing of course material please click on Order Hard Copy under the picture of the book to the left for a link to listing on Amazon and review the book's Table of Contents.

Updated References Since Publication of Book

  • Hayes, S.C., Levin, M.E., Plumb-Vilardaga, J., Villatte, J.L., & Pistorello, J. (2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy and contextual behavioral science: Examining the progress of a distinctive model of behavioral and cognitive therapy. Behavior Therapy, 44 (2), 180-198.

  • Kumar, D., Venkatasubramanian, G. (2018). Metacognition and mindfulness integrated therapy reduces severity of hallucination in a patient not taking antipsychotic medication. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32, 155-170.

  • Hancock, K. M., Swain, J., Hainsworth, C. J., Dixon, A. L., Dixon, S. K., & Munro, K. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy versus cognitive behavior therapy for children with anxiety: Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47:2, 296-311.

  • LeJeune,C.(2007).The Worry Trap:How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New Harbinger Publications Incorporated. Retrieved from http://www.mental Last updated Dec 9, 2015

  • Masuda, A., Hill, M. L., Melcher, H., Morgan, J., Twohig, M.P. (2014). Acceptance and commitment therapy for women diagnosed with binge eating disorder: A case-series study. Retrieved from

  • Ost, L.G., (2014). The efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Retrieved from http://blog.

    Educational Objectives

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

    • List the six core therapeutic processes of ACT and describe the interdependence among these processes.
    • Write down client history's and communicate how their cases can be adapted for ACT.
    • Summarize 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.
    • Demonstrate 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 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.