Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W12
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP): Theory and Practice
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
401 (Convention Center)
Area: CBM/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mavis Tsai, Ph.D.
MAVIS TSAI (Independent Practice), ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington), MARY PLUMMER LOUDON (Independent Practice), GARETH I. HOLMAN (University of Washington)
Description: With behavioral roots, functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) considers a caring, genuine, sensitive, and emotional client-therapist relationship to be the most important element in the change process. FAP focuses on the subtle ways clients' daily life problems occur in the therapy session; all interventions are informed by clearly stated and understandable behavioral principles. FAP uses awareness, courage, love, and behaviorism in the therapist-client relationship to produce significant change, and can be applied to a wide range of clinical problems, including depression, anxiety, intimacy difficulties, personality disorders, problems of the self, substance abuse, OCD, and couples work. Considered one of the new generation innovative cognitive behavior therapies identified as "third wave," FAP is integrative and provides a conceptual and practical framework that will help super-charge your next therapy session. The workshop will include videotaped therapy sessions, experiential exercises, demonstrations, and handouts that can be used with clients.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Name five strategies and concrete exercises to increase connection and intensity in therapeutic interventions

Use functional analysis to help them decide the most effective techniques for clients with diverse histories and issues

Determine when commonly used interventions can be inadvertently counter-therapeutic

Make the hidden meanings of clients' communications more visible

Use innovations in therapeutic rationales and treatment planning that lead to going beyond clients' symptoms into their purpose and passion for living

Activities: This workshop will involve a didactic introduction to FAP including theory, empirical evidence, and videotaped segments of real therapeutic interactions; experiential exercises in pairs and small groups; and audience discussion.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians doing individual psychotherapy with adults.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): FAP



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