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This series is designed to take the mystery out of Relational Frame Theory.  We've found that the reason RFT tends to "go over your head" is because, when you learn it, it isn't coming out of your head.  Listening and following along with something is very distinct from speaking with understanding.  Not to take away anything from listening and following along, but speaking with understanding is a different level of learning

Who this is for: This is designed for people with training as a BCBA or a working understanding of the terms BCBA's use.  Things like "Discriminative Stimulus" and "Generalization" and "Negative Reinforcement."  Beyond that, it's for a people with an interest in more flexibly and creatively applying things like PEAK, AIM, or the DNA-V.  

What it is: This is an online BACB CE series designed to get you conversant in the basic language of RFT.  There are 10 highly interactive recorded sessions and 9 live practice/discussion optional sessions, along with assignments and data collection.  Out of participation you'll be able to teach people: 

  • What Relational Frame Theory is. 

  • What Arbitrarily Applicable Derived Relational Responding means. 

  • The three key features of an Arbitrarily Applicable Derived Relational Response including

    • Mutual Entailment

    • Combinatorial Entailment

    • Transformation of Stimulus Function

  • Relational operants like coordination, opposition, comparison, temporal, and deictics

  • The implications of this for what makes humans wonderful (e.g., we figured out ice cream!!) and terrible (e.g., war and suicide). 

What you get

  • 10 pre-recorded sessions with access to recordings for 1 year.

  • 9 optional live practice sessions where we discuss and deepen understanding of recorded material. 

  • Workbooks and data collection sheets for each course session to help practice the material.  

  • Copies of all the slides.  

  • Up to 19 BCBA CEs (9 Learning, 1 Sueprvision for recordings; 9 learning for optional practice sessions) 

  • Three chapters of a book in progress: Human Organizations.  Those first three chapters define what it is to be a human being according to an RFT model of language and thinking.  

Before you register, consider this:

  • This isn’t your typical CE experience.  There’s going to be work to do.  During sessions, you'll be asked to practice along with the material by saying things out loud.  This isn't material you will passively absorb.  If you register, plan on being present and engaged with the content. 

  • In between sessions, you'll be asked to practice the material.  How much practice is required will vary from person to person.  We recommend planning on 10-15 minutes a day.  

  • Finally, our promise is that, if you participate as designed, you're really going to learn something.  Learning things is uncomfortable!  There will be times you feel like you're not getting it, confused, like you're in over your head, etc.  Be ready to experience those feelings!  If you do the work, it will all come together in the end.  

Facilitated by: Scott Herbst, PhD, BCBA.  Scott got his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno, studied RFT with Steve Hayes, has taught numerous graduate level courses on RFT, and is an author on numerous studies dealing with RFT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  He's the President of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis, on the editorial boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and Behavior and Social Issues.  Aside from doing things like this, he works with organizations applying principles of language to team-communication, performance management, and employee engagement.  

The rest of the details:

Recorded Sessions: One week before practice sessions start, you'll get access to all recordings.  Each week, you'll get the assignments and data collection for the session we'll be discussing at the end of the week.  You can do these at your own pace, but we recommend staying on track and completing everything within the designated time-frame.  

One hour live practice meeting times: These are optional.  Everything is available out of participating and doing the assignments, but these sessions provide a unique opportunity to further explore programming, Acceptance and Commitment Training, and the underlying philosophy.  These sessions are not recorded and meet at the following times and dates:

8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 5:00 pm PT

June 6, 13 & 27

July 11, 18 & 25

August 1, 8 & 15


 $250 (with CEs)

$160 (NO CEs - "I just wanna learn!!" Enter code: LEARN at checkout for the discount)

CEs: 10 Learning (with one being Supervision) for viewing recordings; 9 additional optional if attending live-sessions.

Up to 19 total.