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ACT for Children & Adolescents: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Trauma, Anxiety, Attachment Issues & More!

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ACT/Acceptance and Commitment Therapy |  Anxiety |  Attachment |  Trauma
Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW
6 Hours 25 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 31, 2017
Media Type:
Online Learning


  • Strategies to manage emotions, achieve goals and build connections
  • New techniques to reduce stress and suffering in younger populations
  • Experiential exercises, case studies and video examples

You’ve heard that desperate cry for help from a parent or caregiver to – “fix my kid”.

Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your practice offers a new way for you to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with difficult-to-treat younger clients. Get ready to use new tools that will change the “fix” agenda and embrace an approach of acceptance and build on children’s strengths.

Join experienced ACT trainer Tim Gordon, MSW, RSW, as he delivers an exercise and technique-heavy workshop that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat kids with anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma and family conflict.

Tim will teach you the main concepts of ACT and how to empower kids how to live a more engaged life by navigating with acceptance, self-compassion and present moment skills including mindfulness.

ACT for children and adolescents is not merely a new technique or set of methods, it’s a scientific approach enhancing practices that already work for many clinicians, breathing new life into case conceptualization and looking at our most stuck cases. Through case examples, video clips, and role-play you will be able to integrate ACT skills in your practice tomorrow!


General Credits

This course is available for 6.5 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits. 



Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW's Profile

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Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW, is a social worker, ACT trainer, international presenter, and author. 


Tim has a mission to offer evidence-based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. He specializes in working with attachment and trauma issues, including children and adolescents who have suffered abuse.  He is the co-author of The ACT Approach: A Comprehensive Guide for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (PESI, 2017) and The ACT Deck: 55 Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Practices to Build Connection, Find Focus and Reduce Stress (PESI, 2017). He has also authored a self-help book integrating ACT with attachment-based therapeutic practices into his work. He was an instructor of the Clinical Behavioral Sciences program, where he taught ACT at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

As Tim presents ACT workshops around the world, he is renowned for his passion and his experiential approach to training professionals.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Timothy Gordon maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and product royalties from PESI, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. he has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Timothy Gordon is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals.


ACT in a Nutshell

  • The role of values: mindfulness, acceptance, commitment, behavior
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Psychological flexibility
  • ACT for children & adolescents
  • The hexagon model

Role of Exposure in ACT

  • Translate client values into behavioral goals
  • Barriers to behavioral goals: external and internal avoidance
  • External exposure
    • Situations
    • People
  • Internal exposure
    • Thoughts
    • Emotions
    • Memories
    • Bodily sensations
  • Psychological flexibility in young people
    • Games and activities

Assess and Track

  • Assess the function of behavior in young people
  • Three categories of behavior: open-aware-engaged
  • Create a therapeutic contract, agenda and agreement

ACT in Action – Strategies, Games, Activities and Experiential Exercises for Children & Adolescents:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Attachment issues
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Bullying
  • Family conflict

Group Settings & Schools

  • Use ACT in groups with children and adolescents
  • ACT in schools and non-clinical settings


  1. Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility.
  2. Formulate common clinical problems in the treatment of children using a psychological flexibility model.
  3. Explain how the model of psychological flexibility can be organized in three major interventions that underlie most 3rd wave of cognitive behavioral therapies.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate an ACT consistent therapeutic agreement and gain sufficient buy in from primary caregivers and other systems.
  5. Show how to use “creative hopelessness” to motivate a change in the control agenda including experiential activities aimed at bringing children into direct contact with letting go of their attempts to escape unwanted thoughts and feelings.
  6. Demonstrate at least three skills or methods to increase ‘awareness’ in child client populations and related buy-in from primary caregivers.
  7. Demonstrate at least three skills or methods to increase ‘engagement’ in child client populations and related buy-in from primary caregivers.
  8. Distinguish between goals and values as specified in ACT and how to use primary caregivers values for buy-in.

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