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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Training

Present and Connecting:  Functional Analytic Psychotherapy 

October 22-23, 2016

Denver, CO




  • Be more present and authentic with your work? 
  • Build powerful and motivating therapeutic relationships? 
  • Be able to prompt and strengthen therapeutic change with difficult cases? 
  • Use case conceptualization effectively? 


FAP Background

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy was developed by Robert Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai at the University of Washington. It is a third-wave Cognitive-Behavioral approach that is unique in how it develops and utilizes the therapeutic relationship.  FAP’s proposed mechanism of action is using genuine therapist responses to contingently respond to collaboratively identified clinically relevant behaviors that occur in the room.   Training in FAP helps clinicians identify functional classes of behaviors as treatment targets, maximize the benefits of the therapeutic alliance, and use their own reactions to client’s behaviors as they occur to build a powerful connection with their clients and impact difficult therapeutic goals.


This training includes didactic and experiential elements to create a powerful context for change by practicing the core FAP skills— basic principles of behavior change, identifying the function of behaviors in context, responding effectively in the moment to clinically relevant behaviors, creating a powerful therapeutic connection, and effectively addressing barriers to treatment.


This experiential work will be linked to behavioral principles and will be directly applicable to improving your work with clients.  


By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:


·                Define and implement the 5 ‘rules’ of FAP.

·                Develop a case conceptualization that will be used, not put aside in a client’s file.

·                Define and identify Clinically Relevant Behavior (CRB) with clients.

·                Define and identify your own T1s and 2s and identify how to reinforce the 2s. 

·                Use natural reinforcement to shape improvements.

·                Increase your ability to respond to others and yourself with compassion, love and genuineness.

Learning Objectives  

  1. Define basic principles of operant conditioning and articulate how they’re utilized in FAP
  2. Use functional analysis to focus clinical interventions. 
  3. Understand clinically relevant behavior as functional classes of behavior.
  4. Recognize and therapeutically respond to client in-session problematic behaviors.
  5. Identify and prompt client in-session improvements.
  6. Shape client changes by responding to in-session improvements in ways that are naturally reinforcing.
  7. Identify and see more clearly your own behaviors that function to distance others (including clients) and those that increase connection and intimacy.
  8. Gain practice at seeking feedback to enhance therapeutic relationships. 
  9. Be able to co-create a case conceptualization with clients to focus and direct the therapy.
  10. Apply the skills learned during the workshop immediately with clients
  11. Identify your effective and ineffective responses to client behavior. 

Dates and time:

October 22, 2016 


October 23, 2016



2696 S. Colorado Blvd. 

Denver, CO 80210

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