Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a behavioral account of human language and cognition that emerged primarily from converging lines of research on rule-governed behavior and derived stimulus relations. It is an extension of B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior in some respects, but also directly challenges some of the basic tenets of that analysis. More importantly, it has drastic implications for how we conduct a science of human behavior, as it explains how stimulus functions can be altered in ways that are not directly predictable from a traditional contingency analysis. RFT provides a framework for an analysis of complex human behavior, and serves as the basis of promising new interventions in applied behavior analysis (e.g., PEAK Relational Training System) and clinical psychology (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). This tutorial, first published in 2004, helps the learner master the key concepts, terms, and approach of RFT.
An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory
Learn the key concepts, terms, and approach of Relational Frame Theory (RFT), a behavioral account of human language and cognition. RFT provides the theoretical basis for promising new interventions in applied behavior analysis (e.g., PEAK Relational Training System) and clinical psychology (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
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The introduction to RFT module was an excellent resource. The material was appropriately paced, and presented well. Follow-up activities helped reinforce the material presented. Overall an excellent learning tool!
This course was thoroughly a enjoyable, entertaining, and accessible way to learn RFT. I recommend it to all my colleagues and supervisees.
Interactive and engaging. I appreciate the humour sprinkled throughout.
This was a very high quality presentation of an introduction to RFT. It was very well presented and engaging. I definitely recommend this tutorial to anyone interested in learning more about RFT and/or seeking CEU's for certification requirements.
I really enjoyed this class and found it to be very interesting. Material was clearly presented and explained. Great examples and visuals used to explain concepts. There was even some humor sprinkled in throughout the lessons.