Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Panel #23
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Celebrity Death Match
Saturday, May 26, 2007
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
Edward AB
Area: CBM/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Barbara S. Kohlenberg (University of Nevada School of Medicine)
ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington)
MAVIS TSAI (Independent Practice)
WILLIAM C. FOLLETTE (University of Nevada, Reno)
JONATHAN W. KANTER (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Abstract: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) originally was conceived as an open framework within which behavior analysts could create intense and curative outpatient psychotherapy relationships while remaining true to behavior analytic principles. In the two decades since its inception, different perspectives on the application of FAP have developed. Questions have emerged concerning the centrality of idiographic assessment, the conceptualization of an overarching target variable in FAP, the possibility of a “pure” FAP versus FAP as an enhancement to other approaches, and the utility of experiential exercises in FAP. Three institutions now instruct FAP variations that differ with respect to these themes—the University of Washington, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “Celebrity” panelists are the primary supervisors from these institutions and students from these institutions also will be invited to participate in a lively debate about the nature of FAP, its behavior analytic basis, and its future.



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