Using Metaphor in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – webinar, with Niklas Torneke

Friday 15th May, 2020


Friday 15th May, 2020
9am-11am UK Time
Online Webinar + recording available for 28 days after
Presenter: Dr. Niklas Törneke
Standard Rate: £35 ( £42 inc. VAT)
Please note: you can still access the recording even if you are not able to make the live event

In almost all models of psychotherapy, metaphor is considered an important aspect of communication. This is especially true in ACT, where skillfully delivered metaphors are at the center of treatment. If you are familiar with ACT you have no doubt heard about the bus metaphor or the metaphor about digging in a hole. But what do we know, from a science perspective, about how metaphors work? And are there any guidelines we can use in everyday clinical work, based on a scientific understanding of metaphor?

This webinar will provide psychotherapists with a scientific update as to current understanding of the function of metaphor in language generally and how to apply that knowledge in everyday clinical work. It will connect understanding of metaphor use with basic principles of change in psychotherapy, derived primarily from relational frame theory (RFT).

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How metaphors function as a fundamental building block of human language
  • How metaphor use can be analyzed with the help of relational frame theory
  • How to apply basic behavioral principles in working with metaphor in therapy
  • How to use metaphors in doing a functional analysis
  • How to use metaphor as a central tool for defusion
  • How to use metaphor as a central tool for supporting valued action

About Your Presenter

Niklas Törneke is a Swedish psychiatrist and psychotherapist, originally trained in cognitive therapy. Since 1998 he has been working with ACT and is continuously training and supervising ACT both in his home country and internationally. He belongs to the original group of peer reviewed ACT trainers. He is the author of “The ABCs of human behavior” (with Jonas Ramnerö),  “Learning RFT” and “Metaphor in Practice”.


How do I access the webinar?

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.

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

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 webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of presentation will be available to you for up to 28 days after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual dates, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

What equipment do I need?

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

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

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

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.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

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.