Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W13
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Super-Charging the Therapeutic Relationship
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
5F (5th floor)
Area: PRA; 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), MADELON Y. BOLLING (University of Washington)
Description: Do you want to learn how to develop intense therapeutic relationships with your outpatient psychotherapy clients? This workshop is for behavior analysts who want to apply functional analytic principles to outpatient mental health treatment and it is 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 that are new to functional analysis or FAP are welcome and we 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. Emphasis will be placed on experiential learning, in addition to didactics. Finally, we will address issues in training and supervising therapists. Participants will have time to discuss ways of tailoring FAP to their needs and integrating this approach with other treatments, including ACT. In addition, the presenters will address challenges and concerns about focusing on the client-therapist relationship.
Learning Objectives: This workshop will overview the basic principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and introduce strategies and techniques to apply these principles: - To familiarize clinical behavior analysts with the notion of in-vivo work. - To demonstrate how the identification, evocation, and modification (i.e., natural reinforcement) of in-vivo behavior can improve clinical outcomes. - To learn the tools and techniques suggested in FAP. - To practice strategies and discuss how these principles can be applied with participants� clients. - To train clinicians to use a functional analysis to assess and interpret client behavior and develop treatment plans. - To experience the intensity of an in-vivo interaction within the constraints of the workshop. - 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 supercharge their 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, mental health 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: Basic



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