Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Surfing the Third Wave: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Robert J. Kohlenberg, Ph.D.
ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington), REO NEWRING (University of Washington), CHRISTEINE M. TERRY (University of Washington), MARY D. PLUMMER (University of Washington), GARETH I. HOLMAN (University of Washington)
Description: The focus of this workshop is learning to develop intense therapeutic relationships with outpatient psychotherapy clients. This workshop is for behavior analysts who want to apply functional analytic principles to outpatient mental health treatment and for practicing clinicians who want to incorporate functional analysis in their work. We will explain how a functional analysis in psychotherapy leads to a focus on the client-therapist relationship, and overview the basic principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Clinicians who are new to functional analysis or FAP are welcome and we also aim to present topics that go beyond the basics. Strategies and techniques for using the client-therapist relationship as a therapeutic tool will be introduced and practiced. The presenters will address challenges and concerns about focusing on the client-therapist relationship. Experiential learning, didactics, and case materials will be used to illustrate the principles of FAP. Participants will have opportunities to discuss ways of tailoring FAP to their needs and integrating this approach with other treatments. Finally, time permitting, we will address issues in training and supervising therapists.
Learning Objectives: This workshop will contain an overview of the basic principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and introduce strategies and techniques to apply these principles. Objective 1: To become familiar with the notion of in-vivo work. Objective 2: To understand how the identification, evocation, and modification (i.e., natural reinforcement) of in-vivo behavior can improve clinical outcomes. Objective 3: To learn the tools and techniques suggested in FAP. Objective 4: To practice strategies and discuss how these principles can be applied with participants� clients. Objective 5: To learn to use a functional analysis to assess and interpret client behavior and develop treatment plans. Objective 6: To experience the intensity of an in-vivo interaction within the constraints of the workshop. Objective 7: To introduce considerations for supervision and discuss difficulties in training therapists and applying the suggested strategies. By the end of the workshop, attendees should be able to use a number of FAP strategies, including case conceptualizing, identifying and evoking clinically relevant behaviors, assessing the effects of interventions, and focusing on the therapeutic relationship.
Activities: This workshop is a combination of didactic presentation, videotaped clinical case material, and a variety of exercises and activities. Participants will be encouraged to discuss ways to tailor FAP principles to their own clients. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice with materials frequently used in or adapted for FAP. In addition, materials will be provided to help participants apply the workshop strategies to their own practice. FAP is unique in that the treatment is tailored to the needs, history, and abilities of each client; the workshop presenters will use FAP strategies and techniques to tailor the workshop to the needs, history, and abilities of the attendees.
Audience: The workshop is aimed at several audiences. One is the behavior analyst who is interested in an introduction to therapy techniques and a behavior analytic interpretation of the therapeutic process. Because FAP is built on behavior analytic principles, anyone who understands BA can learn to focus on and improve their therapeutic relationships. Another is the therapist who is interested in applying functional analysis in his/her approach to treatment. Any therapist who is interested in increasing the intensity and/or salience of the therapeutic relationship, regardless of the type of interventions used, is invited to attend. Although the focus of the workshop will be on working with adult, outpatients with generally intact cognitive functioning, we welcome discussion of how these methods may apply to other populations. Because clinical material is being presented, the workshop is open only to faculty, graduate students, or professionals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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