Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #193
Combining ACT and FAP
Sunday, May 29, 2005
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Private Dining Room 1 (3rd floor)
Area: CBM
Chair: Ann Branstetter-Rost (Southwest Missouri State University)
Clinical Case Presentation: Layering the Lenses of Multiple Behaviorally-Based Therapies
Domain: Service Delivery
MARY D. PLUMMER (University of Washington)
Abstract: This presentation is tailored for practicing clinicians exploring the integration of multiple behaviorally-based therapies, including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy [FAP] and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT]. Using a detailed clinical case presentation as the central subject of our discussion, we will examine different treatment approaches and case conceptualizations arising from FAP, ACT, and other behavior therapies. Emphasis will be placed on the advantages and potential complications arising from the simultaneous application of multiple therapeutic lenses. An integrated approach often enriches our understanding of the client’s problems, improves our attendance to targeted behaviors, increases our flexibility of practice, and generally expands our own repertoires of intervention. At the same time, a “layered lens” approach can be hampered by a sense of muddiness or outright contradiction with regard to therapeutic techniques, or even underlying philosophies. Our discussion will reflect on the implications of these pros and cons, both in the particular case presented as well as in general practice.
Clinical Case Presentation
Domain: Applied Research
SARA J. LANDES (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Abstract: Sara Landes, a doctoral graduate student, will present a therapy case with an adult male with diagnoses of Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Roundtable discussion will be open-ended but will center on how clinical behavior analysts assess, conceptualize, and intervene on the pervasive and complex behavioral repertoire deficits found with clients such as this man. Discussion will include suggestions about how to treat this case from the standpoint of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other behavior analytic standpoints.



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