Written by the founders of functional analytic psychotherapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple is the first professional resource to offer a practical treatment approach focused on client interpersonal relationships.
Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) is a proven-effective treatment for mental health disorders, and has been shown to enhance the quality of interpersonal relationships. If you're a therapist, how you relate to your clients can have a profound impact on treatment outcomes. This book integrates the latest research on the importance of the therapist-client relationship with the new science of social connection into a user-friendly, contextual behavioral framework.
In this book, you'll find an introduction of the promise and foundation of FAP with an emphasis on practice and reflection, and then dive deeper into each separate element of practice: assessment and case conceptualization, present-moment experience, emotions, self and values, exercises, mistakes in FAP, and getting "unstuck" in therapy. You'll also learn to help clients implement awareness, courage, and love as the basis of all social connection. Finally, you'lllearn how this treatment model can be used to respond to some of the most challenging issues clinicians face, such as clients who aren't improving, clients with whom your relationship is very intense or volatile, clients who are hard to like, and clients with whom there is a lot of frustration or unspoken conflict.
No matter your treatment background, this book will provide invaluable strategies for adopting functional analytic psychotherapy in your practice, enhancing relationships with your clients, and improving overall treatment outcomes.
About the Authors:
Gareth Holman, PhD , is research scientist and associate director at the Evidence-Based Practice Institute in Seattle WA. He was Bob Kohlenberg's last graduate student at the University of Washington. At EBPI, Gareth designs, builds, and tests tools and trainings to help therapists feel more connected and do better work. Gareth is the lead trainer for FAP Level 1 online trainings and chairs the executive committee at the University of Washington Center for the Science of Social Connection.
Jonathan Kanter, PhD , received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 2002. He is currently assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he directs the Depression Treatment Specialty Clinic which conducts research and provides behavioral therapy services. Kanter's research focuses on understanding the psychopathology and treatment of depression from a behavioral perspective, with particular emphasis on functional analytic psychotherapy and behavioral activation. He is currently funded by the Center for Addictions and Behavioral Health Research to conduct research on reducing the stigma associated with depression and by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Research Growth Initiative to develop and evaluate behavioral activation for Latino depression.
Mavis Tsai, PhD , is cofounder of functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and director of the FAP Clinic at the University of Washington. Mavis has an international following as a trainer, consultant, and clinician.
Bob Kohlenberg, PhD , is cofounder of FAP and professor of psychology at the University of Washington.