ACT Inside Out

A Training Opportunity for Clinicians Working with Adolescents

We’ve each had the experience of learning something about ACT, going back to our clinical practice, trying it out, and then hitting a brick wall, not knowing what to do next.  In this 10-week course, three experienced ACT clinicians will take you through the process of working with adolescents from beginning to end. 

This course runs for 10 weeks two hours each week. For the first hour, you will learn ACT  from the inside as you participate in an ACT group, as the client.  The second hour will be spent learning ACT from the outside as we debrief the group process and give you a chance to practice your skills in small groups with facilitator feedback.   

 This is a unique training opportunity for clinicians that will take you through the ACT model from the inside out.  In order to provide optimal support and feedback, this training will be limited to 15 clinicians   

Please don’t hesitate to email Sheri at with any questions 


Course runs:

TBD 2022

Stay tuned!

Frequent questions and answers

1. Who is this training for?

This training is designed for mental health clinicians with a basic understanding of ACT and who work with youth.  This course is meant for clinicians working with kids as young as 12 or 13 up until the mid 20s- this course is suitable for those wanting to provide ACT in the context of individual therapy, group therapy, or both.

2. Who is considered a mental health clinician for the purposes of this training?

This training is open to Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Physician Psychotherapists, Registered Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Child and Youth Counselors, provided you are a member of a professional college.

3. I am a student. Can I still take this course?

This course is designed for clinicians who are registered with a professional college. If you are a student in a program that is leading to licensure and practicing under supervision, then this course is absolutely open to you.

4. Do you offer a lower fee for students or those who are experiencing financial hardship?

We do have a few spots designated for a lower fee for those in need. When you email Dr. Turrell to reserve your spot, please do let her know that you will need a lower fee.

5. How do I register for the course?

We’ve made a few changes to the registration process in our efforts to make it simpler, more streamlined, and personal. If you are interested in taking ACT Inside Out, even if you’re not fully committed just yet, email Dr. Turrell by clicking on the link on this website and indicate your interest. Your name will be added to the list of potential participants, based on the date your email is received.

 The registration form will ask for personal health information, including your full name, date of birth, address, and phone number for billing purposes, the College of which you are a member and your professional license number. Invoices will be issued indicating that you have paid for consultation services which you can use for income tax purposes.

6. Can I pay in installments?

Yes, you absolutely can pay in instalments after paying the initial deposit.

7. Can I get a refund if I can't attend all the sessions?

 We will add our refund policy dates in 2022.

If for any reason we are unable to provide the course, we will issue full refunds.

8. Will I know everything about ACT after this training?

You will have a solid foundation about ACT and how to facilitate group therapy for teenagers and adapt this for individual work. You will absolutely not know everything there is to know, in fact, we still don’t. One of the wonderful things about ACT is that there’s a lot of ongoing learning to take advantage of. We do hope that you will continue your learning and training in ACT after this course.

9. If I am an expert in ACT will I still learn anything?

We think there is a definite advantage to ongoing training and learning in ACT. Even the three of us facilitators who have a great deal of experience, still enjoy and learn new things by attending other peoples’ trainings. When we enter the space as a learner who is open and receptive to what we experience, we always come out with something valuable, and we hope that you will too.

10. Do I need to prepare in advance?

If you’re unsure of your ACT knowledge and background, we would suggest you read the 1st edition of ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris. If you would like to come into the group with a bit more background about working with ACT and adolescents specifically, we recommend the clinician book ACT for Adolescence by Sheri Turrell & Mary Bell. We do not, however, recommend that you read too far ahead in Mary and Sheri’s book, the first 55 pages will serve you well.

11. Why not just read ACT for Adolescents by Sheri Turrell and Mary Bell?

Sure, you can absolutely read it, it is a wonderful book! 😉 This said, there have been additions and improvements that are not reflected in the original copy that will be shared during training. We also believe that experiential learning is critical to becoming a skillful ACT clinician. Our intention is to support clinicians in their efforts to embody the practices. Adolescents have fantastic radars for inauthenticity, which makes experiential “inside out” learning critical for clinicians.

12. Can I get CE credits?

No, unfortunately for this training we will not be issuing continuing education credits. We can provide certificate of attendance forms in addition to an invoice.

Meet your facilitators

Dr. Sheri Turrell

Dr. Sheri Turrell

Owner of Life in Balance Therapy & Author

Sheri came to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy somewhat accidentally. After a ten-year career as a Registered Nurse, followed by a shift to graduate school at OISE / University of Toronto and working in various hospital settings as a Psychologist, she took part in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR). After completing the MBSR course, Sheri was curious as to how the mindfulness practice that helped her could be of use to her clients. This exploration lead to the Association for Contextual Behavioral Therapy (ACBS) website and news of a two-day workshop with Kelly Wilson in Toronto almost ten years ago. After attending that workshop, incorporating mindfulness into her existing behavioral therapy practice became slightly clearer – only slightly because ACT invites us to never stop learning and growing.

Sheri embarked on her current journey, fueled by her passion for ongoing learning and dedication to helping her clients, and immersed herself in “all things ACT.” Over the past ten years, she has co-authored two ACT texts, supervised graduate students and mental health professionals, and facilitated workshops internationally. Now, as Canada’s first female ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer, Sheri is bringing her experience and skills as both a clinician and trainer, into partnership with Erin Lipsitt and Sara Ahola Kohut to fill a gap in learning ACT, by offering training, from the Inside Out.

Erin Lipsitt

Erin Lipsitt


Erin began her training as an ACT practitioner in 2011, working with Sheri Turrell at Trillium Health Partner’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program.  Erin facilitated individual therapy and ACT-based groups for teens for many years, before shifting her career to the University of Guelph Counselling Services. Now working with young adults, Erin continues to work with individual clients, and has developed and facilitated numerous ACT- based groups for university students struggling with depression.    

 Erin enjoys providing consultation and training to clinicians learning ACT both in the community and internationally. She is a co-creator of the video series for parents that complimentsThe Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety,guiding parents to make space for their own thoughts and feelings, so they can support their anxious adolescent in a way that is more values consistent. 

 With over 19 years of clinical experience, Erin genuinely believes ACT is an effective approach to supporting clients, while also providing profound opportunities for clinicians to move towards more meaning and purpose in their therapeutic work. 

Sara Ahola Kohut

Sara Ahola Kohut

Clinical Health Psychologist

Sara Ahola Kohut is a clinical health psychologist and researcher. Throughout her career she has trained and worked in various settings including hospitals, school, mental health centres, and private practice. Throughout these different contexts, Sara’s curiosity and mindfulness-based approach to work and play has remained constant.

As a human, Sara views mindfulness as a way of life and incorporates mindfulness-based concepts and practices into all moments.

As a psychologist, Sara has been serving individuals and groups living with chronic illness using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the last 10 years. Her work as an academic clinician has allowed her curiosity to lead to developing and testing novel mindfulness-based interventions as well as training peer mentors, graduate students, residents, fellows, and health care providers.