ACTion Canada

Are you struggling to bring ACT into your practice? ACTion Canada gives therapists the “next step” skills to help their clients live resilient, meaningful lives.

ACTion Canada

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

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!

If this sounds like you…

“I don’t know what to do next?”

“I am doing a bad job of impersonating other ACT clinicians, how do I make it my own?”

“I’ve read a few books and done some training but I don’t know what ACT looks like in session”

Join us for an exciting new opportunity to learn ACT “live and in the moment” in 8-weeks.

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.


This is a ‘live’ 8-week online course designed for clinicians who want to move beyond a beginner level of ACT training. ACTion Canada is designed to give mental health professionals the skills they need to get started with ACT in relation to their own ‘self” and in their work with clients. A basic level of ACT knowledge will be assumed: you should complete a 1-or 2-day introductory ACT workshop or online course, by a reputable trainer, prior to enrolling in ACTion Canada. It will be ideal if you are working with clients that might benefit from this approach, as we’ll lead you through the process from assessment to formulation and beyond. Your own mindfulness practice is not essential at this point, although highly recommended if you want to deepen your skills as an ACT therapist beyond the beginner level.

ACTion Canada

8-Week Course for Clinicians

What you’ll learn

Over the course of this 8-week program, we will use didactic teaching, role-playing with an opportunity to debrief and ask questions, small group work, as well as time to explore your own ‘stuckness’ as the therapist.

Week 1: Functional Contextualism

Week 2: Functional Analysis of Behaviour

Week 3: Case Formulation

Week 4: Mindfulness and Self as Context

Week 5: Acceptance and Defusion

Week 6: Values and Committed Action

Week 7: Exposures inside and outside of session

Week 8: Common Mistakes & Tricky Issues

Who’s this course for?

This course is ideal for mental health professionals (i.e., psychologists, social workers, registered psychotherapists, occupational therapists).


There is no specific, required prerequisite to enrol in this course; we leave it to your judgment as to whether you have the basic background knowledge. We would suggest at least having one full day training and a few ACT texts so that you have an understanding of the hexaflex as we will not be teaching the basic ACT processes. We will help you learn to recognize the processes in session, formulate cases, and develop interventions.

An in-depth knowledge of the underlying philosophy (functional contextualism) and theory (relational frame theory) is not required.


Course runs February 5, 12, 19 & 26, March 19 & 26, April 2 & 9.

No course on March 5 and March 12, 2019.

From: 12 pm-1:30 pm via Zoom, calls will be recorded and sent out to those not able to attend live.

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Started February 5, 2019

Registration is closed.

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.

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