Dr Russ Harris - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique and creative model for both therapy and coaching, based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values.The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life; to cultivate health, vitality and well-being through mindful values-based living.
Russ Harris's highly-acclaimed ACT workshops have been held all over Australia, and internationally, and he is renowned for his ability to make complex ideas simple, clear and accessible.
Russ's ACT-based self-help book, The Happiness Trap, is a best-seller in Australia, and has now been published in over thirty countries and twenty-two languages. To download the opening chapters for free: click here. (You can purchase the book from this website)
Russ has developed a unique model for training, which he light-heartedly refers to as 'ACT MADE SIMPLE'. (To download the first two chapters of the 'ACT MADE SIMPLE' textbook at no cost Click here (You can also purchase the book from this website.)
Russ proudly proclaims each workshop a 'jargon-free zone' - and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun. These workshops are suitable for psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, naturopaths, counsellors and coaches.
Our basic 6-day ACT training is rolled out over the course of three workshops:a 2-day introductory workshop (part 1 training),a 2-day advanced workshop (part 2 training) and an intensive2-day 'Boot Camp' (part 3 training). These workshops are all run by Russ Harris.
We also host a range of advanced-level specialised workshops, which are highly practical and skills-focused, run by ACT experts from all over the world. Each year, they include Louise Haye's highly-acclaimed Part 1 and Part 2 trainings in ACT with Adolescents & Youth. And in April 2014 we have Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson - the co-creators of FACT: Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - running 1-day Master Classes in ACT As A Brief Intervention.
Russ is also now running 'Happiness Trap' workshops for the general public: 2-day personal development workshops for health, confidence and vitality.
On this site you can also find an ACT therapist, join an ACT interest group, download articles & papers, purchase CDs & Books and ebooks, or subscribe to our free newsletter (just below the main menu).
Aside from The Happiness Trap, Russ has written four other self-help books: The Confidence Gap, The Reality Slap, ACT With Love, and with co-author Bev Aisbett, The Happiness Trap Pocketbook (available from August 1st 2013). He has also written two textbooks for ACT practitioners, the introductory-level ACT Made Simple, and the advanced-level Getting Unstuck In ACT.
The Reality Slap: How To Find Fulfilment When Life Hurts is all about using ACT to deal with major losses, crises, disasters- such as death, divorce, bankruptcy, illness etc - with a major emphasis on developing self-compassion. To download the first two chapters, click here.
The Confidence Gap: From Fear to Freedom is an ACT-based approach to confidence, success and peak performance in sport, business, arts, or social life. You can download the introduction here.
ACT With Love is an ACT-based approach to common relationship issues,which shows you how to stop struggling, reconcile differences, and deepen love and intimacy. You can download the first chapter here.