TRAUMA-FOCUSED ACT (TFACT): 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.
Trauma-Focused ACT (TFACT): an in-depth, integrated approach to helping clients heal from trauma
Trauma-Focused ACT (TFACT) is a flexible, comprehensive approach model for treating the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, moral injury, chronic pain, shame, suicidality, insomnia, complicated grief, attachment issues, sexual problems, and more.
In this two-day advanced level training, you’ll discover cutting-edge strategies for healing the past, living in the present, and building a new future. With this compassion-based, exposure-centered approach, you’ll learn how to help your clients:
Find safety and security in their bodies
Overcome hyperarousal and hypoarousal
Break free from dissociation
Shift from self-hatred to self-compassion
Rapidly ground themselves and reengage in life
Unhook from difficult cognitions and emotions
Develop an integrated sense of self
Resolve traumatic memories through “inner child” work and flexible exposure
Connect with and live by their values, and engage fully in life here and now
Experience post-traumatic growth
This workshop is worth 12 specialised CPD hours
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.)
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
Epigenetic aspects of trauma, and how to ameliorate them
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 “window 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
An 8-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
About Russ Harris
Dr 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 run over 700 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for over 50,000 health professionals, including therapists, coaches, counsellors, doctors, and psychologists. He has authored four ACT textbooks (ACT Made Simple, Trauma-Focused ACT, Getting Unstuck in ACT, ACT Questions & Answers), and four ACT-based self-help books (The Happiness Trap, The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap and ACT with Love). He has also co-authored two self-help books (The Weight Escape and The Happiness Trap Pocketbook). The Happiness Trap is the best-selling ACT book in the world, with over one million copies sold worldwide and editions in over 30 languages. (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 chapter, click here.) He proudly proclaims each workshop a ‘jargon-free zone’ – and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun. Hishighly-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 totestimonials )
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