Building psychological flexibility

Understanding RFT principles in ACT practice

3 hours (3 APA CEs / BACB CEUs)
Intermediate level workshop
Recording available for 6 months
BCBAs, therapists, psychologists, educators, and practitioners

Course Description

Language changes everything. From infancy through adulthood, language influences and dominates our sense of self, our choices, our opportunities, our relationships, our communities, our societies – the cultures that shape us all. Language is an inescapable part of what makes us human, what allows for us to act with meaning and purpose and also what brings us suffering. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT) offer a lens for viewing psychological flexibility and prosociality as key language repertoires at the heart of what we as  contextual behaviour scientists do. As such, a comprehensive understanding of complex language and the increasingly complex web of interlocking contingencies that influence every one of us, is critical to the effectiveness in our work. Understanding and using complex language processes is integral to building the bridges that allow us to work effectively with others and impact the world. In short, our words matter.

About this workshop

In this workshop, Dr. Siri Ming presents a view of ACT as fundamentally being the promotion of psychological flexibility within cooperative contexts for behaviour change, and requiring functional analyses at all levels from the self to systems. When conceptualising cases, we must consider how behaviour operates within interlocking contingencies from the self (including biological/medical factors as well as our own “selfing” behaviour and considering ourselves within the analysis) up through the groups, systems and cultures within which we all operate. And, we must do so with an understanding of the language repertoires involved that both support and hinder psychological flexibility.

This workshop links common ACT tools and frameworks to basic behaviour analytic principles and a conceptually systematic, RFT-based definition of psychological flexibility. A principles-based approach to defining psychological flexibility then supports the identification and consideration of multiple related repertoires at different levels of development, and a range of potential interventions. Most importantly, viewing ACT as a framework for promoting psychological flexibility, rather than as a set of techniques or procedures, allows for an individualised, culturally responsive, functional approach to intervention.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for clinicians, practitioners, BCBAs, and therapists who work therapeutically with clients and who want to deepen their understanding of the clinical applications of RFT

After this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Define psychological flexibility, prosociality, and cooperation as complex language repertoires, foundational to the conceptual basis of an ACT approach to supporting psychological flexibility.
  2. Describe the relationship between psychological flexibility and inflexibility as requiring analysis that goes beyond topography and considers variables at all levels from self to systems.
  3. Describe foundational repertoires and elements of psychological flexibility that can be promoted and supported beginning in early childhood and continuing at all points of development.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 3 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 3 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 3 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Recommended background learning

Understanding and Applying Relational Frame Theory: Mastering the Foundations of Complex Language in Our Work and Lives as Behavior Analysts

by Siri MingEvelyn Gould and Julia H. Fiebig

Any previous reading, training or tutorials on RFT will be helpful, including:

RFT & ACT article

RFT made simple training



Foody, M., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Barnes-Holmes, D., Törneke, N., Luciano, C., Stewart, I. et al. (2014). RFT for clinical use: The example of metaphor. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3(4), 305-313.

Harte, C., Barnes-Holmes, D., de Rose, J. C., Perez, W. F., & de Almeida, J. H. (2023). Grappling with the Complexity of Behavioral Processes in Human Psychological Suffering: Some Potential Insights from Relational Frame Theory. Perspect Behav Sci, 46(1), 237-259.

Luciano, C., Törneke, N., & Ruiz, F. J. (2023). Clinical Behavior Analysis and RFT: Conceptualizing Psychopathology and Its Treatment. In M. P. Twohig, M. E. Levin, & J. M. Petersen (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (pp. 109-143). Oxford University Press.

Plumb, J. C., Stewart, I., Dahl, J., & Lundgren, T. (2009). In search of meaning: values in modern clinical behavior analysis. Behav Anal, 32(1), 85-103.



If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Building psychological flexibility
22nd Jan 2025
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (New York time) change timezone
$64.00 (+ VAT if applicable). Early-bird rate valid until 18th Oct 2024 and then the normal price of US$80.00 + VAT will apply.
Student price US$40.00   Select:


To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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