Introduction to Relational Frame Theory (RFT) for Clinicians - Törneke & Blackledge (CLOSED)

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tornekephoto.jpgBlackledge.jpgIntroduction to Relational Frame Theory (RFT) for Clinicians

**This workshop has closed.**

Workshop Leader: Niklas Törneke, M.D., Private Practice, & John T. Blackledge, Ph.D., Morehead State University

Dates & Location: June 19 & 20, 2010, 8:30am - 4:30pm at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Continuing Education Credits Available: 14

Workshop Description: Relational frame theory (RFT) is the theoretical base for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Even if you can do ACT well without an understanding of this background we believe understanding RFT can enrich clinicians and help them improve their work. This understanding is also essential to take part in further development of clinical strategies and techniques. This workshop will describe all basic concepts in RFT. Some basic experimental work will be used to illustrate central issues in the theory but the focus will not be experimental but conceptual. The workshop will also describe how RFT is related to basic behavioral principles and how clinical problems and interventions can be understood from the perspective of RFT. Some experiential exercises will be included for illustration of central concepts, but the workshop is mainly didactic. Day 1- Functional Contextualism: What is it, and how does it inform an understanding of RFT and ACT?

  • A Crash Course in Basic Behavioral Principles: Operant conditioning, classical conditioning, & generalization. How do these principles work and how are they relevant to psychotherapy?
  • Why Do We Need RFT Anyway? RFT vs. Cognitive Theory and a Skinnerian account of verbal behavior.
  • Transforming Stimulus Functions: The continuity between basic behavioral principles and RFT.
  • RFT: Terms & Processes.
  • RFT’s Experimental Basis.
  • The Benefits & Banes of Derived Relational Responding: What does DRR allow us to do that nonverbal organisms can’t?

Day 2- What does RFT have to do with ACT?

  • RFT and rule-governed behavior: Toward psychological inflexibility
  • RFT and the enhancement of human suffering
  • RFT and experiential avoidance
  • RFT and self as context, self as content, & self as process
  • RFT and metaphor
  • RFT and cognitive defusion
  • RFT and valued living

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Participants will learn how RFT is related to basic behavioral principles.
  2. Participants will learn the basic concepts of RFT and how they are related to each other.
  3. Participants will learn how RFT informs clinical practice.

Target Audience: Intermediate clinicians.

Registration Rates: Note: Onsite registration is not available for the pre-conference workshops

  • Students: $170
  • Professionals: $305

Above prices include 2 lunches, coffee/tea on site, as well as transportation to/from the conference hotel.