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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Relational Frame Theory (RFT) for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Event number: 17670
1.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Darin Carins, Clinical Psychologist

90 minute Webinar for APS members and wider community.

There will be opportunity to engage with the presenter and have your questions about RFT and ACT answered by Darin Cairns.

Darin will present on how Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have influenced intervention practices for children with ASD but also how we teach coping and social skills in developmentally appropriate ways. 

Darin will specifically discuss a developmental way of considering psychological flexibility that is applicable to children with and without learning problems.  This will include explaining how contextual analysis using RFT assists parents to become better guides for their children but also teach their children how to be more confident and flexible in day to day life. 

Learning Outcomes

By end of presentation participants will have: 

  • a basic understanding of ways in which language influences and maintains functioning.
  • the ability to differentiate between beliefs/rules that lead to inflexible and maladaptative coping and development
  • strategies for capturing and using these principles in clinical practice to promote positive change.


No pre-reading is required as Darin will give a brief introduction to Relational Frame Theory (RFT) at the novice level.  It is recommended you have some basic understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 


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About the presenter(s)

Darin Cairns has over 15 years experience in treating children, adults and families for a range of psychological disorders. He has specialised in emotional, neurological and developmental disorders. Clinically, Darin has expertise in child, adolescent, family therapy and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. He also has extensive experience in adult mood disorders and works as a single expert witness.

Darin is well known for his work with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Darin has set up award winning early intervention services in Western Australia for children with ASD and related conditions. He was initially trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Clinical Behaviour Analysis and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. After many years working with developmental specialists and clinicians his frustration at not being able to bridge the gap from ABA to complex behavioural and emotional domains lead him to Relational Frame Theory (RFT). He has since applied Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to hundreds of developmental programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and special needs and continues to practice clinically using therapies developed from RFT such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other third wave Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.


Participants will receive log in details for the webinar approximately 1 day before the event. Please look for an email from Redback Conferencing.


Online registration


Start date: 30/5/2017
End date: 30/5/2017
Time: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 7:00 pm SA: 6:30 pm QLD: 6:00 pm NT: 5:30 pm WA: 5:00 pm NZ: 9:00 pm


ACTIG subscriber, APS member $30
ACTIG subscriber, APS student member $25
APS member: $45
APS student member: $35
Non APS member: $70


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