Frame by frame

Free workshop: A user-friendly guide to understanding relational frame theory

1.5 hours (1.5 APA CEs / BACB CEUs)
Introductory level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
BCBAs, therapists, psychologists, educators, and practitioners

Course Description

Please book your place early as this is highly likely to sell out.

No matter your practice area, population, or title, if you work with humans who are suffering, stuck, and struggling, you are almost certainly both listening and speaking as part of your effort to support your clients. You are using an understanding of your own and others’ language as an intervention—and as such, an understanding of complex language is critical to all of our work. Relational frame theory views generalised derived relational responding—relational framing—as the core skill involved in human language and cognition, essential to the development of flexible, fluent conversational skills and academic progress, and a critical underpinning of psychological flexibility repertoires.

What you will gain from attending the workshop

If you are new to RFT, struggle to understand RFT concepts, aren’t sure how RFT fits with existing behaviour analytic tools, or would simply like a refresher on the technical aspects of RFT, this workshop is for you. Dr. Siri Ming has been there and done that as part of her own journey of learning and applying RFT. As a behaviour analyst and co-author of the book, Understanding and Applying Relational Frame Theory, she has an extensive and practical understanding of RFT and its clinical applications.

In this workshop she presents an accessible overview of RFT and the basic premise that relational frames are generalised, contextually-controlled patterns of arbitrarily-applicable derived relational responding.

She shows how an RFT lens supports practice that centres a functional understanding of behaviour in context, and allows for a principles-based, functional understanding of what it means to be psychologically flexible.

You will also be taken through the development of our capacity to understand and respond to different types of relational patterns. You’ll understand how these skills become versatile, allowing us to navigate and respond to changes in context

Lastly, you will find out how relational framing plays a role in our tendency to follow rules, prioritise what is important to us, and adapt and be flexible in our thinking and behaviour

Throughout the workshop, you will see how to break down these concepts and we will provide practical insights with real-life examples to help you grasp and apply them effectively.

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. Describe and give examples of the defining properties of relational framing.
  2. Describe the development of relational framing as a generalised operant repertoire, across multiple patterns of relational framing.
  3. Describe the role of relational framing in rule-governed behaviour, valuing, and psychological flexibility.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 1.5 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 1.5 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 1.5 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



  • Barnes-Holmes, D., & Harte, C. (2022). Relational frame theory 20 years on: The Odysseus voyage and beyond. J Exp Anal Behav.
  • Hayes, S. C., Law, S., Assemi, K., Falletta-Cowden, N., Shamblin, M., Burleigh, K. et al. (2021). Relating is an Operant: A Fly Over of 35 Years of RFT Research. Perspectivas em Análise do Comportamento.
  • 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.
  • Stewart, I., McElwee, J., & Ming, S. (2013). Language generativity, response generalization, and derived relational responding. Anal Verbal Behav, 29(1), 137-155.

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.

Frame by frame
5th Nov 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (New York time) change timezone


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

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at

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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