Relational Frame Theory (RFT) Made Simple – Applying the science of language to therapy

Friday 20th January, 2017


Friday 20th January, 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm
 Central London
Presenters: Dr. Joe Oliver & Dr Richard Bennett
  • RFTDo you use psychological interventions in your work?
  • Have you noticed how language sometimes gets in the way of your clients living the kind of lives they want for themselves?
  • Are you interested in talking to your clients more precisely and efficiently?
  • Have you ever openly wept whilst trying to work your way through an RFT article?
  • Would you like to hear two working clinicians share and demonstrate how RFT has enriched their practice?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to more than one of these questions, then this workshop has been designed for you. RFT is a powerful, and elegantly simple theory (we know but it’s true) that can make a big difference in terms of the precision, speed and focus of your work. An understanding of the principles of RFT can help you target your use of language to focus on particular ways in which clients make relations between different aspects of their experience. Whilst an understanding of RFT can bring an added dimension to your work, many RFT texts can be heavily theoretical and difficult to relate to practice.

This one-day workshop aims to present the core concepts of RFT in an accessible manner with a clear focus on practical application.

The workshop will be presented from a behavioural science perspective, and will include fun,  engaging teaching and experiential learning, live demonstrations, case discussion, and group exercises. It will aim to increase practical skills, as well as knowledge of RFT, whatever your model of working. No previous knowledge of RFT will be assumed, although some experience of using behavioural principles in the service of your work (e.g. as a therapist, coach, or educator) will be helpful.

What You Will Learn The workshop has four main aims:

  • To explain the key principles of RFT as contextual behavioural science account of language and cognition
  • To explore the ways in which language changes the function of stimuli and alters human behaviour
  • To focus on how therapists can shape their intentional use of language in the service of increasing therapeutic efficiency and efficacy
  • How learn how to use the ACT Matrix – a simple framework for utilising relational frames in session

About The Presenters

Dr Richard Bennett

JgPkxaSz Richard works as a Clinical Psychologist and as a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He worked in adult and forensic mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years before setting up Think Psychology, which is an independent psychology practice offering, therapy, supervision, training, and expert witness services. Richard is also an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience of teaching and training. He is a Senior Academic Tutor in CBT within the psychology department the University of Birmingham, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity CBT, training NHS staff to work in IAPT services. He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas.

Dr Joe Oliver

Conference held at Friends House, London on 24 April 2015 Joe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist is Course Director for the UCL PG Dip in CBT for Psychosis course and works within Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. He has additionally been developing and researching individual and group interventions in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also Director for Contextual Consulting, a London-based consultancy offering ACT focused training, supervision, and psychological therapy. Joe is an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He is co-editor of the book, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis” with Wiley-Blackwell, and co-author of the self-help book, “ACTivate Your Life” with Constable Robinson.

Feedback on Richard and Joe's teaching

Not to blow our own trumpet (well, maybe a little…) but here are some kind things that nice people have said about our previous trainings. 

“Good combination of facilitators – complimented each other very well” Gary Bridges

“Great variety & balance between didactic and experiential exercises. I was “scared “of  RFT – now I understand!” Debbie Brewin

“Excellent – really enjoyed this workshop. Very well explained. Both presenters were engaging, open and humorous” Brenda Barrass

“Really good couple of days. Plenty of food for thought and have some interesting things to consider in my clinical practice” Tracy Mason

“Excellent. Well pitched and mindful of audience responses ” Liliana Loftus

“Probably the best ACT workshop I’ve ever been on. Learned loads!” Melanie de Castro

“RFT overview fantastic!” Anna Janssen

“Both trainers were brilliant and honest – love the examples of their clients” Mary Neal



Early bird – £130 (ends Friday 6th January) Standard rate £150 (after 6th January)


Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea. Lunch is not included in the registration fee but you will have the option to purchase lunch at one of the many catering outlets outside of the venue.