Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: None
The Client-Therapist Relationship in Psychotherapy: The Pot of Gold at the End of a Functional Analysis
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jonathan W. Kanter, J.D.
JONATHAN W. KANTER (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), REO NEWRING (University of Washington), CHRISTEINE M. TERRY (University of Washington), URSULA S. WHITESIDE (University of Washington), ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington)
Description: This workshop is for students, behavior analysts and practicing clinicians who want to incorporate functional analytic principles into their outpatient mental health treatment. For many years, the tools and techniques of behavior analysis primarily have focused on work in controlled settings, while adult, outpatient psychotherapy with cognitively-intact individuals has been left behind. We overview the basic principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), which provides behavior analysts a foundation and set of techniques for the client issues commonly presented in adult, outpatient psychotherapy, such as anxiety and depression. We explain how a functional analysis of psychotherapy leads to a focus on the client-therapist relationship and present strategies and techniques that help use the client-therapist relationship as a therapeutic tool, including functional assessment of clinically relevant behaviors, case conceptualization, and the identification, evocation, and modification (i.e., natural reinforcement) of in-vivo behaviors. Participants will have time to discuss ways of tailoring FAP to their needs and to address challenges and concerns about focusing on the client-therapist relationship. Clinicians that are new to functional analysis or FAP are welcome and we aim to present topics that go beyond the basics.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Communicate the basic principles of FAP for adult, outpatient psychotherapy with cognitively-intact individuals. Understand and practice: How to conduct functional assessments to target clinically relevant behaviors. How to conceptualize cases in FAP and develop treatment plans. How to focus on the client-therapist relationship through identification, evocation, and modification (i.e., natural reinforcement) of in-vivo behaviors. How to use client and therapist emotional responding in psychotherapy. How to facilitate the generalization of in-vivo improvements to daily life. How to assess the effects of interventions.
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. Although the focus of the workshop will be on working with adult, mental health outpatients with generally intact cognitive functioning, we welcome discussion of how these methods may apply to other populations.
Audience: Behavior analysts interested in an introduction to adult, outpatient psychotherapy techniques and a behavior analytic interpretation of the therapeutic process; and therapists interested in applying functional analysis in their approach to treatment. Because clinical material is being presented, the workshop is open only to faculty, graduate students, or professionals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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