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Course: The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts
by Russ Harris, MD

CE Credit Hours: 8
Fee: $39

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The 'reality slap' takes many different forms. Sometimes, it's more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a divorce, the loss of a job, a freak accident, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it's a little gentler. Envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment, and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality slap takes, one thing's for sure--it hurts! And most of us don' deal with the pain very well.

The Reality slap offers a four-part path for healing from crises based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In these pages, clinicians will learn how to help others:

  • Find peace in the midst of pain.
  • Rediscover calm in the midst of chaos.
  • Turn difficult emotions into wisdom and compassion.
  • Find fulfillment, even when clients can't get what they want.
  • Heal wounds and emerge stronger than before.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Describe the many forms of the 'reality slap' and the ways people respond.
  • Define the core components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Outline the four-step strategy for healing from crises based on ACT.
  • Differentiate inner fulfillment from external fulfillment.
  • Describe the presence, purpose and privilege themes that underlie clients' search for inner fulfillment.
  • Use the provided exercises, metaphors and worksheets as a tool to engage clients in finding inner fulfillment in life.
  • Confront personal crises using the learned four-step strategy for healing as a means to generalize the practice of this strategy in the therapy or coaching room.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, (paperback or ebook), successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to the author's web site and to for your convenience. The author's web site provides more download choices.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. 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 ready.
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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.