ACT with Adolescents - Working with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help Adolescents

ACT with Adolescents - Working with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help Adolescents



Event Details

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Workshop Overview: 

Dates: June 15th and 16th, 2020

Facilitators:  Mary Bell, MSW., RSW and Dr. Sheri Turrell., both coauthored two ACT books: "ACT for Adolescents: A Transdiagnostic Guide for Clinicians", and "The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety".

This training is suitable for:

Mental Health Professional:  Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers

Medical Professionals:  Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Family Doctors

Direct Service Workers:  Drop in Workers, Shelter and Hostel Workers, Child and Youth Workers, Youth Justice Workers


This workshop aims to provide an introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for clinicians working with Adolescents.  It offers an overview of the theoretical foundations and assumptions of ACT and an explanation of the six ACT processes.  Some experiential work is included to provide an immersive understanding of ACT.

The second day offers a practice focused introduction to using the ACT Matrix including an opportunity to try it on personally and practice in applying it for clinical use.

Participants will become familiar with the ACT processes. They will be introduced to working with adolescents using the trans-diagnostic ACT approach that is suitable for either individual or group work.  They will develop an understanding of when and how a client can be drawn from one ACT process to another in order to reduce emotional avoidance and increase psychological flexibility.

Participants will understand the functioning of the ACT Matrix.  They will be able to use the Matrix to facilitate ACT work with clients.


  • When

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 - Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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