ACTion Canada

Two passionate, Canadian, ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainers come together to offer ongoing support for you, the clinician.

Course runs:

September 10 & 17, and October 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2019

from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, EST.

We often facilitate workshops and then hear “I don’t know what to do next?” and “I’ve read a few books and done some training but I don’t know what ACT looks like in session,” and “I am doing a bad job of impersonating other ACT clinicians, how do I make it my own?”

ACT can seem quite simple at times, yet putting this non-linear therapy into practice does take some effort, time, and practice, not to mention, ongoing learning. We have heard your frustration, your curiosity, and your determination, and from that, this course was born!

What’s this course all about? 

This learning environment will provide a supportive space for you to give voice to your thoughts and question, and build a sense of community across the country. ACTion Canada gives clinicians a supportive space to ask questions, practice skills, and build a sense of community in an online training forum.

Registration will be limited to 20 participants. This series will benefit professionals with some knowledge of the ACT processes who are working with at least one client using ACT. This series is open to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and other mental health professionals.

What clinicians are saying about our training

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a 6 week online training with Sheri and Nikolay. I am impressed with their wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Their fun and dynamic co-leadership style made the whole experience fun. Thank you Sheri and Nikolay.

Delia W.


This training provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about ACT while practicing new skills with fellow learners. Sheri and Nikolay did an excellent job balancing teaching with providing opportunities for experiential learning and provided excellent feedback and consultation that you would not normally receive through an online training. I would highly recommend this training to anyone with a foundational knowledge of ACT looking to increase their comfort and willingness to incorporate the model into their work.


Clinical Psychologist

The training with Sheri and Nikolay was invaluable in helping me to understand ACT more fully and to apply the ACT principles with my clients. I wish we could have continued with these sessions weekly for the foreseeable future.
Dr. Shannon Robinson

C.Psych Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

The smaller group format of this live training allows for individual attention and learning.  Sheri and Nikolay are experienced in a wide variety of psychotherapies and are able to help you put ACT principles into practice, regardless of your client population or main clinical orientation.  I highly recommend them!

Caroline King

MD, FRCPC (Psychiatrist)

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 Nikolay Pavlov to fill a gap in learning ACT – how to continue learning when the workshops are over?

Nikolay Pavlov

Nikolay Pavlov

ACT therapist and ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer

Nikolay is a Toronto based ACBS Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer and has been a psychotherapist for a decade in his homeland, Russia. While in Russia, he trained as a nurse and earned an undergraduate degree in psychology before completing a 4-year post-graduate certificate program in Gestalt therapy with a specialty in group therapy.

Since moving to Toronto in 2017, Nikolay continues to work with his clients from Russia, and has begun the process of updating his psychotherapeutic training through the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT), a recognized training and educational program with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Nikolay is also an ACT therapist and ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer, with a special clinical interest in working with those who struggle with depression, trauma, and PTSD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be in Canada?

Not at all, we welcome participants from across the globe, just make sure that you are able to attend – the time posted is EST, in Toronto.

Do I need to have experience using ACT with clients?

Some clinicians who join our online course do so with some knowledge of ACT and no practice, others are just beginning to practice with clients, and still others are more experienced. We tailor the contents of the course to suit the needs of those who attend, so we’ll meet you where you are at.

Ideally, we’d recommend you start with a new client as you start the course, so you can use what you learn each week in your therapy sessions, from the consent process onwards. Or, you may feel stuck with an existing client and want to shift to ACT, we can help you with that too! If you are not able to work with a client using ACT during the course, we recommend you practice what you learn on your own ‘self” (which we recommend for everyone anyway).

What happens if I miss a session?

We do record the sessions and will make the recordings available afterwards so that you can focus on being present, and not taking notes. Often, clinicians want to discuss issues related to their clients, and we are happy to work that into the course. We will not record those segments of a session to protect client confidentially.

What is the cost?

The cost for the 6-week series is $250 – when you register on Eventbrite it might look as though the cost is per week – be assured, it is the total cost.

What technology do I need?

We host the sessions on ZOOM, so you will need a computer that can upload this program, as well as a camera and microphone. Most importantly, you will also need privacy. If you will be attending from a hospital or other professional setting, we suggest you inquire about the technology requirements ahead of time as some facilities have security set up to block you from uploading new programs, which might include Zoom.

What do I do if I still have questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact either of us with questions. You can reach Sheri at or Nikolay at

Registration closes on September 9 at midnight








May 2d, 3:00-4:00 pm 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from Inside Out - Online Workshop

Mindful Society conference

By Dr.Sheri Turrell, C.Psych. and Mary Bell, MSW, RSW

Participants will come away with:

  • Understand the ACT model highlighting the process of mindfulness
  • Practice using the ACT Matrix to conceptualize personal struggles and experiment with making changes in an ACT framework
  • Explore the applicability of the ACT Matrix to a variety of contexts

Full program and Registration

Dr. Sheri Turrell

137 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 208, Toronto, ON, M6R 2L2

(647) 880-3558