ACT and Mindfulness for Trauma
An in-depth, integrated approach
with Dr. Russ Harris

Enhance your work with the entire spectrum of trauma-related dysfunction, and help your clients rapidly progress to post-traumatic growth

Course Overview

This advanced-level course is intensely practical, with a strong emphasis on skills-development. 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 help your clients rapidly progress to post-traumatic growth.


As with all our courses, the online format gives you total flexibility to learn whenever it suits you, and access a whole range of powerful resources that simply aren’t available anywhere else. 2 hours of new core content will be released, week-by-week, over an 8-week period. Plus on top of that, you’ll have an extra 4 weeks of access to the whole course – so you can watch all your favourite videos again (and if you’ve fallen behind due to sickness, or taking a vacation, or work commitments etc, this will give you plenty of  time to catch up again).


This course assumes at least a beginners-level knowledge in ACT. Before enrolling, you must do at least one of the following:

  • Attend an introductory level 2-day ACT workshop (with any trainer; doesn’t have to be Russ)
  • Complete our online ACT For Beginners course
  • Thoroughly work through a beginners-level ACT textbook from start to end – such as ACT Made Simple or Learning ACT. (This means not just reading it, but actively doing the experiential exercises. An ACT self-help book such as The Happiness Trap will not suffice; it must be a textbook.)


Russ will take you much deeper into the ACT model and show you how to adapt and enhance it to effectively address all the common problems of trauma therapy: hyperarousal, hypoarousal, fractured sense of self, shame, guilt, self-judgment, self-loathing, aggression, withdrawal, avoidance, dissociation, flashbacks, nightmares, helplessness, hopelessness, , self-defeating narratives and schemas, social disengagement, grief and loss, comorbidity, and so on.


If you already know your ACT basics and you want to enhance and adapt your skills to work efficiently, compassionately and creatively with the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues (not just PTSD), this is the course for you. And as with all our courses, you’ll get to see Russ’s unique teaching style direct-to-camera, discover delightful animations that bring the model to life, watch videos of therapy sessions with a range of common trauma issues, download numerous audio exercises and reading materials, participate in online discussion forums, answer multi-choice  quizzes that test your learning as you go, print out powerful resources to use with clients … and a whole lot more.


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.

There are 16 CE/CME Credits available. Prior to registering, please click here to review complete CE/CME details, course objectives, speaker/planner conflict of interest disclosures and more.

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In this 8-week journey of courage and compassion, you’ll discover:

  • The neurobiology of trauma, including polyvagal theory and attachment theory
  • How to create hope and optimism from the word ‘go’
  • How to rapidly ground and center your clients
  • 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 without meditation
  • The art and science of compassionate, flexible exposure
  • How to develop self-compassion step-by-step in just about anyone
  • How to revisit memories without getting trapped in them
  • How to introduce self-as-context simply and naturalistically
  • How to deconstruct and overcome shame, step-by-step
  • Inner child imagery and rescripting
  • Nightmare rehearsal and rescripting
  • Defusion from self-hatred, self-criticism, self-blame
  • How to help clients rapidly find a sense of safety and security in their body
  • How to bring a numb body back to life
  • How to keep exposure safe by ‘Dipping in’ and ‘Dipping out’
  • Mindfulness and defusion as antidotes to worrying, rumination, catastrophising
  • Using values and self-compassion for new life-enhancing narratives and post-traumatic growth
  • How to overcome common barriers to change
  • Working with comorbidity
  • Get more experiential: effectively create, modify and deliver experiential exercises
  • ‘Sprinkle values’ throughout every session, for ongoing motivation & inspiration
  • ‘Sprinkle self-as-context’ throughout every session, to enhance defusion and acceptance
  • Dance fluently and flexibly between ACT processes
  • Make “homework” simple, desirable, and likely to be successful

And much, much more!


Each week of the 8-week course is broken down into a series of easy-to-digest modules, so you can upgrade your skills quickly and simply, in bite-sized chunks.

Three hours of course content will be released week-by-week over 8 weeks, with an extra 4 weeks of access after the course ends, allowing you total flexibility to learn when it suits you.

Week 1: Making It Safe & Building Commitment

What is trauma? – Commonalities amongst different models – ACT formulation of trauma – Vicarious trauma and self-care for the therapist – The therapeutic relationship – The big and important differences between mindfulness and relaxation, distraction, meditation – Informed consent – Taking a trauma history without retraumatising the client – Establishing a sense of safety – Building hope, optimism and commitment – The three stages of trauma therapy

Week 2: Grounding & Getting Present

The neuroscience of trauma – Polyvagal theory – Attachment theory – The limbic brain – Psychoeducation – Introducing mindfulness without meditation – Grounding & centering – ‘Dropping anchor’ & expansive awareness – First steps with emotional dysregulation – Contacting the present moment as an antidote to “The 4 Ds”: Distractibility, Disengagement, Disconnection, Dissociation – Making homework simple and practical

Week 3: Working With the Body

The traumatized body – ‘Fight-flight’ versus ‘flop-drop’ responses – When to work ‘bottom-up’ and when to work ‘top-down’– Working with hyperarousal and hypoarousal – Increasing the ‘zone of flexibility’ – Self-soothing – Self-touching – Working with posture, movement, and breathing – ‘Coming home’ to the body – Finding safety and security within the body – Looking beneath the ‘numbness’ – Flexible use of self-as-context in body work – How different breathing exercises serve different fucntions: mindfulness, homeostasis, relaxation – Calming the body to calm the mind

Week 4: Healing the Past

Self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-compassion – The six building blocks of self-compassion – Barriers to self-compassion and how to overcome them – From self-soothing to self-compassion – Self-compassion as a form of secure attachment – Defusion from self-criticism, self-loathing, self-blaming, worrying, catastrophizing, judging others – Overcoming shame – Undermining self-defeating narratives and self-limiting schemas – Defusion made simple, safe and practical – Looking mindfully at world view and life view – Planting seeds for new narratives, life views and world views

Week 5: The Art & Science of Compassionate Exposure

What is exposure? – Commonalities and differences between exposure in ACT and other models – How to ensure that exposure is safe, flexible, values-guided, and compassionate – ACT & EMDR – Tailoring exposure to fit the client – Creativity in working with memories – Enhancing exposure with self-as-context – What to look for and measure – Common exposure myths – How to revisit memories without getting lost in them – Dipping in & dipping out: how to safely titrate exposure – Overcoming nightmares through rehearsal and rescripting

Week 6: Finding Peace Within

How are exposure and acceptance linked? – Why accept pain? – Barriers to acceptance, and how to overcome them – Acceptance great and small: scaling the size of your intervention – Grounding and self-as-context in acceptance work – Acceptance and self-compassion – Working with anger – Peeling back the layers of anger, to find what’s beneath – The inner child – Inner child imagery and rescripting

Week 7: Grief, Loss, and Forgiveness

Grief & loss issues – What creates ‘complex grief’? – The 4 stages of grief work: ‘drop anchor’, ‘hold yourself kindly’, ‘take a stand’, and ‘find the treasure’ – Forgiveness of self – Forgiveness of others – Barriers to forgiveness and how to overcome them – Coping with setbacks – Comorbidity issues – Building resilience for future events – The ongoing journey

Week 8: Building the Future

What is post-traumatic growth? – Clarifying values, and using them for motivation, inspiration, guidance – Creating life-enhancing, self-empowering narratives, underpinned by values work – Using values to set goals and create action plans – Overcoming common barriers to change – Homework horrors and how to resolve them – Building or rebuilding relationships

Course outcomes


This course will enable you to deepen your understanding of ACT; to upgrade your knowledge and enhance your skills so you can use ACT even with the most challenging of  clients or patients.

Course starts January 23rd, 2018
8 weeks | 16 hours

+ 20 Hours Bonus Content!

Purchase ACT & Mindfulness for Trauma starting January 23rd, 2018


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Here’s what people have been saying
about the online training courses

“This seems like one of the most well-done online courses I have ever done. I began investigating ACT about a year ago and have gone to two workshops but this by far has been the best presentation of the material”

Sara Gold
Certified Holistic Therapist
Greater Jerusalem Area, Israel

“I just wanted to let you know how much this course is helping me already… This course takes it to the next level… Thank you so much. I love this approach and how practical and easy it is to use”

Krishna Dodds
Mental Health Counselling
Gold Coast, Australia

“Just want to express my gratitude for an extremely well-organized course. I love the course being over eight weeks as this allows me to learn and practice on myself and then my patients.”

Nanny Christie
Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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ACT and Mindfulness for Trauma

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