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 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a number of other emerging applications.
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An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory was written and developed by Dr. Eric J. Fox (Doc Fox), the founder and director of Foxylearning. Doc Fox was a contributing author to the first book-length treatment of Relational Frame Theory (RFT), developed the original Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) website (and the RFT and ACT websites that preceded it), was a founding member of the ACBS Board of Directors, and has presented and published on RFT numerous times. With a Ph.D. in Learning & Instructional Technology from Arizona State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from the University of Nevada, Doc Fox has served as a faculty member in the psychology department at Western Michigan University and as an elearning administrator or developer at Saybrook University, Altius Education, Cengage Learning, and The Ohio State University. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his lovely wife Stephanie and adorable daughter Veronica. You can learn more about Doc Fox on his personal website.
This tutorial is of an intermediate level of difficulty, but was written and designed for a broad audience. It is hoped that anyone from undergraduate students in psychology and related disciplines to doctoral-level psychologists and scholars will find the material accessible, engaging, and relevant.
Since the tutorial was designed for a broad audience, very little prerequisite knowledge is expected or required. Familiarity with basic principles of learning and conditioning probably helps the most, though these are also addressed at a very general level in the tutorial.
The tutorial consists of 15 lessons and a total of 423 screens of instructional excitement. The length of time it takes people to complete the tutorial varies widely, but many experts in the elearning industry estimate that one should expect to spend about 1 minute per screen. Although the tutorial is long, it does not need to be completed in one sitting; users can save their progress at any time and return to where they left off later.
The content of this tutorial should be considered quite accurate, as it was written by an expert in the field and reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Steven C. Hayes, who led the development of RFT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dr. Dermot Barnes-Holmes, who is one of the most prolific RFT researchers and scholars in the world. This tutorial should benefit any psychologist, behavior analyst, student, or behavioral science professional who would like to have a conceptual framework for analyzing human language and cognition that is more functional and pragmatic than the structural analyses of traditional linguistics or cognitive psychology. It will be particularly beneficial to those wishing to understand the theoretical basis of ACT or those working to establish verbal repertoires with children or adults who have language delays. This tutorial will not provide you with training in specific interventions or methods based on RFT, but it will provide you with a conceptual understanding of the theoretical basis of such interventions and methods. There is little to no risk associated with completing this tutorial, aside from the physical risks associated with any computer work (e.g., repetitive stress injuries and eyestrain) and possibly severe boredom.
This tutorial was initially developed as part of the author’s dissertation research at Arizona State University. The topic was selected to introduce the complex concepts of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to a broad audience. An early version was introduced in 2003, with a second version following in Summer 2005 and earning the author the Nova Southeastern Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design from the Design & Development division of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology. With an award name that long, you know it’s got to be good. The first commercial version (developed in Adobe Flash) was launched on Foxylearning in January 2010, the first HTML5 version was launched in May 2012, and the current version was launched in June 2013.
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