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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy


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Part I: Distinctive Theoretical Features of FAP.The Historical Roots of FAP. Appreciations and Misunderstandings of Radical Behaviorism. The Importance of Environments and History. What's the Function? Understanding the Functions of the Therapist. The Central Role of Reinforcement. Natural versus Arbitrary Reinforcement. Clinically Relevant Behaviors. Emotions and Feelings. Development of the Self. Intimacy and Attachment. Cognitions and Beliefs. Hidden Meaning. The Therapy Relationship is a Real Relationship. Creating a Sacred Space of Trust and Safety. Part II: Distinctive Practical Features of FAP. The Treatment Rationale and the Beginning of Therapy. Assessment and Flexible Case Conceptualization. Use of Therapeutic Rules. Awareness (Rule 1, Rule 4). Courage (Rule 2). Therapeutic Love (Rule 3). Self-disclosure: Using Your Personal Reactions to Clients. Homework (Rule 5). Talking with Clients (Rule 5). A Logical Therapeutic Interaction in FAP. Openness to Techniques from other Therapies. Termination. Supervision and Training. Ethical Issues and Precautions. The Promise of FAP.

About the Author

Mavis Tsai is a psychologist in independent practice and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington, USA, where she is involved in supervision and research. Robert Kohlenberg is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, USA, where he was the Director of Clinical Training from 1997 - 2004. Jonathan W. Kanter is Associate Professor and Clinic Coordinator at the Department of Psychology, and a Research Scholar at the Center for Addictions and Behavioral Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA Gareth Holman is a Graduate Student at the University of Washington, USA Mary Plummer is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, USA


The authors have written a highly accessible and cogent account of FAP theory and practice. This book clearly shows how experts in other cognitive behaviour therapies can intergrate FAP strategies and techniques into their own practice, in order to enhance their therapeutic benefits. - Frank Bond, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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