Villatte MasteringMastering the Clinical Conversation: Online clinical RFT course

March 26 2020 – September 26 2020

What is this course about?

This 6-month online course is designed to turn you into a clinical RFT expert! Step by step, you will learn the basic principles of RFT and how to use them in psychological interventions. The course will be facilitated by Matthieu Villatte, PhD, author of Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, and of a number of articles and chapters on RFT for clinical practice. The course will be directly based on this best selling clinical RFT manual.

How will this course work?

We will use a variety of resources such as videos, podcasts, Powerpoint presentations, articles and chapters, live talks, and listserve discussions. Each week, you will receive a training post with optional work assignment to help you progress at your own pace. You will receive personal feedback on your practice and answers to all your questions once a week through the listerve. In addition, ten 1 hour online live sessions will be provided during which you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of clinical RFT concepts, discuss clinical cases, and practice skills through role plays.

Live sessions are all scheduled on Fridays at 9am US Pacific Time, at these dates:

April 17, May 8, May 29, June 12, June 26, July 17, August 7, August 28, September 11, September 25

All sessions are recorded, so you can watch the session later in case you can’t be there live.

What will you learn in this course?

  • The basic RFT principles involved in clinical work
  • The framework for using RFT in clinical practice
  • How to conduct psychological assessment using RFT
  • How to activate and shape behavior change with RFT
  • How to build meaning and motivation with RFT

What people are saying about this course:

“In my opinion, relational frame theory represents one of the most important scientific advances in facilitating a deep understanding of human psychological functioning, how we can struggle, and how we can be helped.  Matthieu’s clinical RFT course has been invaluable in helping me to develop an understanding of RFT and how to apply it in my clinical practice, and almost immediately his course began to result in improvements in the depth and precision of both my therapy practice and in the clinical supervision I provide, both of which are focused in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).  Given that language is the medium in which nearly all psychotherapy plays out, I cannot imagine the therapist whose craft would not be enhanced by this training.”

— Russell Kolts, PhD, USA.

“Matt’s 6-month online RFT course is amazing!! Learning ACT is like learning to play a beautiful piece of music. Learning RFT in Matt’s course enables you to COMPOSE beautiful music. Applying what I learned in Matt’s RFT class fundamentally enhanced my clinical work and my clients are benefiting greatly. I highly recommend this course!!!”

— Cathryn Campbell, MBA, MSS, LSW, PCC, USA

“I thoroughly recommend Matthieu Villatte’s online course on the application of RFT in clinical settings. It has taught me to apply new practical skills not only in clinical cases, increasing the effectiveness of my therapeutic practice, but even in everyday life. The interaction between Matt and students was great and the course was flexible, allowing me to follow things at my own pace while having the unique chance to learn from a prestigious clinical psychologist and researcher while studying in my home country of Brazil.”

— Diana Ferroni Bast, PhD, Brazil.

“Since I started my training in RFT I was looking forward to a course in which I could really understand the basic concepts and at the same time their applicability to clinical situations in a friendly way. Matt, you did it! For those interested in learning about RFT and its clinical applications I strongly recommend to participate in Matt’s courses. A lot of readings, videos, supervision, in a warm and supporting setting!”  

— Fabián O. Olaz, PsyD, Argentina.

Fees: US$350


More information and registration:


Advanced Clinical RFT/ Experiential Therapy 2020

This advanced course is limited to 10 participants who have already been trained in clinical RFT (e.g. 6-month online course, 2-day onsite workshop, or equivalent. Contact to check your ability to take this course).

The course will be comprised of 12 2-hour live sessions (one session per month). Each session will be focused on a particular aspect of working with RFT in session (e.g. perspective taking, metaphor, coherence, interplay between experiential, didactic, and dialectic, etc.). At the beginning of the session, we will discuss challenges you experience in your practice related to the topic of the session. We will then practice skills through a role or real play (using either a challenging client or a personal experience shared by a participant). Different participants will practice clinical skills and receive feedback from the trainer and the other participants.

Dates of sessions to be announced.

Some dates might be rescheduled once the groups are formed in order to best fit the availability of all participants (no guarantee, but we will try!).

Each session will be recorded. Real plays will be recorded only with the authorization of the participant. The recording will be accessible immediately after the session (with authorization from the participant in case of real play).

In addition to the live sessions, you will be able to exchange on a private listserve with the group and the trainer all year long. You will receive answers to your questions and comments at least once a week.

Fees: US$700 (payment in several installments is possible)

More information and registration:

woman-1030920Doing Experiential Therapy

Advanced 3rd wave therapy training (online). 2020.

This online course will be facilitated by Matthieu Villatte, PhD, clinical trainer and author of Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention, and of the first ACT manual published in French. He also published a number of articles and chapters on 3rd wave therapy and experiential practice.

–> What is this course about?

While third wave techniques have been widely disseminated over the past decade, their application within a truly experiential framework is often still a challenge for therapists. The desire for transparency, the need to make rapid progress, or the difficulty in transforming theoretical knowledge into concrete practice can lead therapists to be too directive and didactic, or conversely, abstract and confusing. The opportunity to develop the autonomy of clients in the fine and pragmatic observation of their experience is thereby undermined. Experiential techniques lose their power of deep transformation; exchanges become less personal and meaningful; therapeutic work becomes less interesting and satisfying to the therapist too.

In this online training for therapists who already use 3rd wave therapies, the goal will be to reach an advanced level of expertise in experiential practice. We will build on the principles of contextual behavioral psychology, which have been particularly well developed for clinical work in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but are adapted to all 3rd wave approaches (ex. Mindfulness-based therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, meta-cognitive therapy) and experiential therapies in general (e.g. psychodynamic, hypnosis, gestalt).

–> What will you learn in this course?

  • Doing experiential work without exercises, in natural conversations with your clients.
  • Grounding your clinical practice in a stance of curiosity, openness, and non-directiveness.
  • Selecting, building, and delivering experiential exercises.
  • Selecting, building, and delivering experiential metaphors.

–> Through practical exercises, videos, demonstrations, and role plays:

  • You will learn to shape your clients’ ability to observe their own experiences, and to draw conclusions adapted to their personal life choices (e.g. how to promote autonomous observation rather than use didactic psycho-education).
  • You will develop the ability to adapt to any situation without departing from your experiential stance (e.g. how not to fall into excessive explanations or battles of arguments with rigid, overly compliant or stuck clients).
  • You will learn to use experiential exercises in a way that strengthens the therapeutic relationship (e.g. how to introduce and debrief exercises without altering natural exchanges client-therapist).

–> What people are saying about this course:

“This is not a training in which you have to follow a given model. Instead, based on contextual behavioral principles, Matt gives you the opportunity to work with your own style in order to help clients heal and grow with creativity and vitality. This training is an invitation to practice freedom in your work and in your life.”

— Claude Penet, Psychiatrist

“I do recommend this experiential workshop, as it both fosters the therapist’s creativity AND keeps an accurate focus on the function of the therapist’s experiential moves and interventions. I followed this training as a 2-day workshop last week-end and it proved useful in my clinical practice as soon as Monday morning!

— Sophie Cheval, Psychologist.

“This course helped me understand the meaning and impact of being experiential in therapy, for both the therapist and the client. Don’t expect to take a lot of notes. Instead, prepare yourself to live experiences in a supportive and kind environment that, with no doubt, will boost your clinical practice.”

— Paula Izquierdo, Psychologist

–> The live sessions will take place over Zoom on the following dates:


The sessions will all be recorded, so you will be able to watch them later if you miss a session. However, participation to the live sessions is highly recommended throughout this course.

–> Fees: US$350

–> More information and registration:

Limited to 15 participants!