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ACT for Trauma: Working with Body Mind and Emotion

ACT for Trauma: Working with Body Mind and Emotion 


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 advanced-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.



12 CPD Hours 

In these two days, you’ll discover a treasure-trove of simple but powerful tools, techniques and processes that you can immediately start using to enhance your work with the entire spectrum of trauma-related dysfunction, and speed your clients to post-traumatic growth.
You’ll go deeper into the ACT model and learn how to adapt and enhance it to effectively address all the common problems of trauma therapy: dissociation, flashbacks, numbness, nightmares, hyperarousal, hypoarousal, fractured sense of self, shame, self-hatred, aggression, addiction, hopelessness, social withdrawal, intimacy issues, emotional dysregulation and more.
N.B. You should complete a 2-day introductory workshop (with any ACT trainer) or my 8-week online beginners course, before attending this workshop; a basic level of ACT knowledge will be assumed


This course will help you become more flexible, fluent and creative in ACT, so you can work effectively not just with PTSD but with the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues: simple, complex, acute or chronic.

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
  • 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 “zone 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
  • A 4-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
Fees: Super Keen $475 - Early Bird $500 - Standard $530 - Last Minute $550   (Student Concessions: $395 - $440)


For cancellations: Up to 7 days in advance, payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administration fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be a refund of 50% of the fee. 



Dr Russ Harris: Medical Practitioner - Psychotherapist - Executive Coach

Russ Harris, author of the best-selling self-help book 'The Happiness Trap', is an internationally-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, and he now works in two different, yet complementary roles: both as a therapist and as a coach.

Since 2005, Russ has providing ACT training for over 25, 000 therapists, coaches, counselors, doctors, and other health professionals. He has also authored 4 ACT-based self-help books, and two ACT textbooks. The Happiness Trap, is now the most widely-translated ACT book in the world, available in over thirty languages, with half a million copies sold. (To download the opening chapter, click here.)

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'. To download the first two chapters, click here.) 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. (For examples, go to testimonials )


Workshop Prices

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2-day workshop: Super Keen $475 - Early Bird $500 - Standard $530 - Last Minute $550
  2018 NEWCASTLE ACT Two-Day ACT and Mindfulness for Trauma Workshop: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November - Presenter: Russ Harris
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