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Creating Intense and Curative Therapeutic Relationships
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As cognitive behavior therapy becomes increasingly integrated, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) remains a rich therapeutic method. FAP synthesizes aspects of psychodynamic and object relations therapy with traditional CBT methods, and author/ practitioners Robert Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai originally created this book to be more than a simple how-to manual. Rather it is a powerful framework for clinicians seeking to rethink their approach to the therapeutic relationship. Now in paperback, this classic work is more relevant than ever.


The book begins with the theory behind the therapy (including its roots in B. F. Skinner’s behavior-analytic work in the 1970s), explaining why clients’ unique needs may extend beyond well-mapped routes to change. From there, the authors present the clinical principles of FAP and their uses in treating diffuse, resistant problems. Case illustrations model the therapeutic dyad, show FAP techniques in action, and offer crucial caveats. The ground rules: how, and why, FAP works. Recognizing clinically relevant verbal behaviors. The role of the self in personality disorders. New roles for cognitions and beliefs in therapy. Memories and emotions: what they can and can’t do to promote change. How FAP fills the niche between psychodynamic and behavioral therapy. Key issues in ethics, research, and supervision.


For the clinical psychologist interested in revitalizing practice, minimizing impasses, and treating clients on a deeper emotional level, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy brings fresh insights to the many worlds within and outside the clinical setting. Graduate students, especially, will find this text a valuable window onto traditional behavioral approaches to therapy.


Feature:

Provides conceptual framework not isolated techniques


Offers a psychotherapeutically useful version of radical behaviorism


Contains ethical guidelines


Covers borderline, narcissistic and multiple personality disorders


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As cognitive behavior therapy becomes increasingly integrated, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) remains a rich therapeutic method. FAP synthesizes aspects of psychodynamic and object relations therapy with traditional CBT methods, and author/ practitioners Robert Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai originally created this book to be more than a simple how-to manual. Rather it is a powerful framework for clinicians seeking to rethink their approach to the therapeutic relationship. Now in paperback, this classic work is more relevant than ever.



The book begins with the theory behind the therapy (including its roots in B. F. Skinner’s behavior-analytic work in the 1970s), explaining why clients’ unique needs may extend beyond well-mapped routes to change. From there, the authors present the clinical principles of FAP and their uses in treating diffuse, resistant problems. Case illustrations model the therapeutic dyad, show FAP techniques in action, and offer crucial caveats.





  • The ground rules: how, and why, FAP works.



  • Recognizing clinically relevant verbal behaviors.



  • The role of the self in personality disorders.



  • New roles for cognitions and beliefs in therapy.



  • Memories and emotions: what they can and can’t do to promote change.



  • How FAP fills the niche between psychodynamic and behavioral therapy.



  • Key issues in ethics, research, and supervision.



For the clinical psychologist interested in revitalizing practice, minimizing impasses, and treating clients on a deeper emotional level, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy brings fresh insights to the many worlds within and outside the clinical setting. Graduate students, especially, will find this text a valuable window onto traditional behavioral approaches to therapy.


Contents:

1Introduction.- Philosophical Tenets of Radical Behaviorism.- Contextual Nature of Knowledge and Reality.- Nonmentalistic View of Behavior: The Focus on Environmental Variables That Control Behavior.- Focal Interest in Verbal Behavior Controlled by Directly Observed Events.- Theoretical Underpinnings of FAP.- Reinforcement.- Specification of Clinically Relevant Behavior.- Arranging for Generalization.- 2Clinical Application of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy.- Client Problems and Clinically Relevant Behaviors.- CRB1: Client Problems That Occur in Session.- CRB2: Client Improvements That Occur in Session.- CRB3: Client Interpretations of Behavior.- Assessment.- Therapeutic Technique—The Five Rules.- Rule 1: Watch for CRBs.- Rule 2: Evoke CRBs.- Rule 3: Reinforce CRB2s.- Rule 4: Observe the Potentially Reinforcing Effects of Therapist Behavior in Relation to Client CRBs.- Rule 5: Give Interpretations of Variables That Affect Client Behavior.- Case Illustration.- 3Supplementation: Enhancing Therapist Awareness of Clinically Relevant Behavior.- Classification of Verbal Behavior.- The FAP Client Response Classification System.- Classification and the Observation of Clinically Relevant Behavior.- Examples of Classifications of Client Responses.- Therapeutic Situations That Frequently Evoke Clinically Relevant Behavior.- 4The Role of Emotions and Memories in Behavior Change.- Emotions.- Learning the Meanings of Feelings.- Feelings as Causes of Behavior.- Expressing Feelings.- Avoiding Feelings.- Degree of Contact with Controlling Variables.- Memories.- Clinical Implications.- Offer a Behavioral Rationale for Getting in Touch with Feelings.- Increase Private Control of Feelings.- Increase Therapist Expression of Feelings.- Enhance Client Contact with Controlling Variables.- Case Illustration.- 5Cognitions and Beliefs.- Cognitive Therapy.- Problems with Cognitive Therapy and the ABC Paradigm.- Revised Formulation of Cognitive Therapy.- The FAP Revision of A ? B ? C.- Contingency-Shaped Behavior.- Tacts and Mands: Two Types of Verbal Behavior.- Rule-Governed Behavior.- Cognitive Structures and Contingency-Shaped Behavior.- Clinical Implications of the FAP View of Beliefs.- Focus on Thinking in the Here and Now.- Take into Account the Varying Role That Thoughts Can Play.- Offer Relevant Explanations of Client Problems.- Use Direct Cognitive Manipulation with Caution.- Case Illustration.- 6The Self.- Common Definitions of the Self.- A Behavioral Formulation of Self.- Basic Concepts.- The Emergence of “I” as a Small Functional Unit.- Qualities of the “I”.- Maladaptive Development of the Self Experience.- Less Severe Disturbances of the Self.- Severe Disturbances of the Self.- Clinical Implications.- Reinforce Talking in the Absence of Specific External Cues.- Match Therapeutic Tasks to the Level of Private Control in the Client’s Repertoire.- Reinforce as Many Client “I X” Statements as Possible.- 7Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: A Bridge between Psychoanalysis and Behavior Therapy.- FAP in Contrast with Psychodynamic Approaches.- Transference.- The Therapeutic Alliance.- Object Relations.- FAP in Contrast with Current Behavior Therapies.- FAP: A Unique Niche between Psychoanalysis and Behavior Therapy.- 8Reflections on Ethical, Supervisory, Research, and; Cultural Issues.- Ethical Issues.- Proceed Cautiously.- Avoid Sexual Exploitation.- Guard against the Continuation of a Nonbeneficial Treatment.- Be Aware of Prejudicial and Oppressive Values.- Avoid Emotional Tyranny.- FAP Supervision.- Research and Evaluation.- Pitfalls of Traditional Research Paradigms.- Alternative Methods of Data Collection that Influence Clinical Practice.- Cultural Problems Due to Loss of Contact.- Conclusion.- References.


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9780387708553
Publisher: Springer (Springer US)
Publication date: June, 2007
Pages: 232

Subcategories: Psychology, Psychotherapy

MEET THE AUTHOR

Robert Kohlenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington where he was the Director of Clinical Training from 1997 - 2004. The WA State Psychological Assoc. honored him with a Distinguished Psychology Award in 1999. He has presented "Master Clinician" and "World Round" sessions at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and has published papers on migraine, OCD, depression, intimacy of the therapeutic relationship, and a FAP approach to understanding the self. He has presented FAP workshops both in the US and internationally. He has received research grants for FAP treatment development, and his current interests are identifying the elements of effective psychotherapy, the integration of psychotherapies, and the treatment of co-morbidity. He and Dr. Tsai are co-authors of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: A guide for creating intense and curative therapeutic relationships. New York: Plenum. (1991).


Mavis Tsai, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington where she is involved in supervision and research. The list of publications and presentations by Dr. Tsai indicates the breadth of her expertise and includes work on healing PTSD interpersonal trauma with FAP, disorders of the self, power issues in marital therapy, incorporating Eastern wisdom into psychotherapy, racism and minority groups, teaching kids to be peace activists, and women's empowerment via reclaiming purpose and passion. She has led numerous workshops nationally and internationally and is known for her engaging interpersonal style as well as her behaviorally informed multi-modal approach to healing and growth that integrates mind, body, emotions, and spirit.