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.
ACT helps you to cultivate health vitality and well-being through mindfulness and values-guided action. Although ACT was created over 10 years before 'positive psychology' existed, many people now regard it as a part of that movement.
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 get the book at most good bookstores - or 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.
As well as our 2-day introductory and 2-day advanced ACT workshops, we host arange of advanced-level specialised workshops, whichare highly practical and skills-focused, andrun by ACT experts from all over the world. Each year, they include Louise Haye's highly-acclaimed Part 1 and Part 2 workshops on ACT with Adolescents & Youth. In 2013, we also have ACT For Peak Performance and ACT For Relationship Issues
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 three other self-help books: The Confidence Gap, The Reality Slap, and ACT With Love. He has also written a textbook for ACT practitioners, ACT Made Simple.
The Reality Slap: How To Find Fulfilment When Life Hurts is Russ's most recent book, and his own personal favourite. It is all about using ACT to deal with major losses, crises, disasters- such as death, divorce, bankruptcy, disability, serious illness or injury, 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.
Click here to purchase The Happiness Trap, The Confidence Gap, The Reality Slap, ACT Made Simple or ACT with Love