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!
Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility.
Formulate common clinical problems in the treatment of children using a psychological flexibility model.
Explain how the model of psychological flexibility can be organized in three major interventions that underlie most 3rd wave of cognitive behavioral therapies.
Demonstrate the ability to formulate an ACT consistent therapeutic agreement and gain sufficient buy in from primary caregivers and other systems.
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.
Demonstrate at least three skills or methods to increase ‘awareness’ in child client populations and related buy-in from primary caregivers.
Demonstrate at least three skills or methods to increase ‘engagement’ in child client populations and related buy-in from primary caregivers.
Distinguish between goals and values as specified in ACT and how to use primary caregivers values for buy-in.
ACT in a Nutshell
The role of values: mindfulness, acceptance, commitment, behavior
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
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:
Body dysmorphic disorder
Group Settings & Schools
Use ACT in groups with children and adolescents
ACT in schools and non-clinical settings
TIMOTHY GORDON, MSW, RSW
Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW, is a social worker, peer reviewed ACT trainer, international presenter and author. Currently he serves as a member on the trainer committee for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
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. His latest publication is The ACT Approach: A Comprehensive Guide for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and has also authored a self-help book integrating ACT with attachment-based therapeutic approaches. Tim is a yoga teacher who integrates movement and yoga practices in his work. He was an instructor of 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.