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Using RFT in Experiential Practice

Relational Frame Theory is a functional theory of language and cognition that is very helpful to guide our use of language in therapy. In this course, Matthieu Villatte presents an overview of how to use RFT principles of in experiential practice. You will learn how to help your clients reconnect to their experience and to choose more effective behaviors with meditation exercises, metaphors, or writing exercises.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the function of experiential techniques with RFT
  • Use experiential techniques to train clients to assess the effectiveness of their behaviors
  • Use experiential techniques to help clients choose effective behaviors.


Matthieu Villatte, PhD is an author and clinical trainer living in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly Assistant Professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisiana.  He obtained his Ph.D. in France, with an emphasis on clinical behavior analysis and relational frame theory, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Steve Hayes . Matthieu is an ACBS recognized ACT trainer who has facilitated workshops focusing on clinical applications of RFT in North and South America, Australia, and Europe. He is the co-author of the first ACT manual published in French and is associate editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavior Science.  His new book, Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, is co-authored by Jennifer Villatte and Steve Hayes and was released by Guilford Press.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

Great course material presented clearly and articulately in an organised format with practical vignettes to illustrate the translation of principles into practice. - Richard Marques

Very helpfully linking RFT to clinical practice! - Anonymous