Relational Frame Theory (RFT), A Contextual Behavioural Guide to the Self


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Product Description

Dates (Thurs-Fri):

21-22 March 2019 (Limited seats)




Timing: 9.30am for a 10:00am start to 5:00pm

Canonbury, London N1 3DB
CPD Value 14 hours
Certificate of attendance

Provided: All certificates are dated and record the number of training hours.



Entry requirements
This training does not require prior academic knowledge or accreditation to a particular body. We expect you to have a professional context in which facilitating behaviour change is a focus. This can be in a mental health or work/business setting.

About the course

The most important relationship any individual has is the one with themselves; any challenges you have with yourself will leak into your relationships with others. A healthy self is pretty much universally seen as a prerequisite for sound mental functioning, while dysfunctional or underdeveloped aspects of self are understood to contribute to poor mental health. When a therapist is working with a client, one key aim is to help the client to have peace of mind (from a relational frame theory point of view ‘mind’ is a metaphor for verbal behavior – relation framing). In order to have this, we cannot avoid our self. We cannot walk away from our self. Our self is with us no matter where we go. In this workshop we will introduce Relational Frame Theory and how it applies to the self. In brief from an RFT point of view, you want therapeutic techniques that foster variability, stability, functional coherence and a flexible sense of responsibility.

 Any techniques that do the following can help foster a healthy sense of self:

1. Find variability in the process of awareness

This can involve stabilizing the clients perspective, (e.g., repeatedly directing the client’s attention to the present, so as to help her notice the changes in her experiences. How do you feel now, and now and now?) Or getting the client to notice changes in perspective, (e.g., recall different situations and moments of her life).

2. Find stability in a sense of perspective

This can involve noticing the common perspective across experiences (e.g., who is noticing thoughts, sensations and feelings across a variety of experiences, and noticing the common perspective across points of view (e.g., notice who is noticing the experiences of you today, yesterday, in a years time).

3. Find coherence in context

This can involve emphasizing the hierarchical dimension of self (e.g., you are the container of all your experiences) and emphasizing the distinction between self and the experiences (i.e., separate experience from the action).

4. Finding the ability to respond to the interaction

This can be achieved by helping the client become aware of the influence of contextual variables on her actions (e.g., given your history it is not surprising that you made these choices) and bringing the client’s attention toward the impact of her actions on the contextual variables (and now with this knowledge what can you do that is in line with what matters to you?).

About the trainer

Dr Louise McHugh

Dr Louise McHugh


Louise's research interests are centered on the experimental analysis of language and cognition from a behaviour analytic and Relational Frame Theory perspective, including especially the development of complex cognitive skills such as as perspective-taking and the process-level investigation of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has published over 60 papers on these topics and has received funding from several sources including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Waterloo Trust and the Welsh Assembly. Most recently she was awarded a European Marie Curie career integration award to join the faculty at UCD.

A faculty member at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, Louise McHugh is not only a world authority on RFT (Relational Frame Theory – the theory of language and cognition that underlies ACT) but also a dynamic and entertaining presenter. Louise is editor and co-author of the newly published textbook ‘The Self And Perspective Taking’, and her ground-breaking work in the use of RFT to help autistic children develop theory of mind and empathy is now being employed by state-of-the-art ABA programs around the world.