FAP and Relational Components of Contextual Behavioral Therapies

Course Number: 42750

Course Description

This course will focus on developing clinical skills in therapeutic relationship-building. We will establish a foundation for therapeutic interactions based on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and then branch out to examine how FAP informs or diverges from relational techniques in other Contextual Behavioral approaches. FAP was developed by applying principles of behaviorism to interpersonal interactions. FAP therapists strategically use moments in session to collaboratively transform clients' relationship patterns. While not necessarily a treatment in itself, FAP provides a lens for understanding interpersonal behavior and informs how therapists respond to clients in session. FAP is often used in conjunction with ACT interventions, but what about DBT or other contextual behavioral therapies? How does FAP integrate with Relational Frame Theory, the theory of language that gave rise to ACT? We will examine how to make the most of interpersonal moments across therapeutic approaches. This course will utilize didactic, discussion, and experiential components. Students will have the opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback, using vulnerability, self-disclosure, and reinforcement strategically, and exploring their own interpersonal style. These skills are applicable to the practice of psychotherapy in clinical settings, especially with adult populations.

Professors and Lecturers Who Teach This Course

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