The Center for Applied Behavioral Analysis
8-week online course
"Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) for behavior analysts"
November 1th - December 20th, 2023
Holly Yates, psychotherapist, MS, LCMHC, Certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer.
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy is a behavioral approach to the therapeutic relationship that addresses issues of intimacy and vulnerability. In this course, we will not only teach professionals the basic principles of FAP, but will also introduce them to a different view of behavior analysis in which the interpersonal relationship is the primary vehicle for positive therapeutic outcomes. Utilizing this approach will not only foster a strong and long-lasting professional-parent alliance, but will (yes, yes) directly impact the goals of therapy with the child. In addition, the course program is aimed at teaching the specialist to "take off the white coat" in time - to sincerely talk about their mistakes and vulnerabilities among colleagues, which is an excellent prevention of burnout.
Rodrigo Nunes Xavier, doctor in sciences by Clinical Psychology Department, Psychology Institute in University of São Paulo.
Certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer by University of Washington.
Professor of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy at Brasiliense Behavior Analysis Institute.

All professionals in the helping professions may find it difficult to establish genuine trusting and sincere relationships with their clients because the professional context requires them to be primarily authoritative. Numerous studies suggest that a strong "therapeutic alliance" is directly linked to the success of therapy. And the field of ABA is no exception. According to research, parents of children with autism prefer caring and compassionate professionals to "dry" professionals, and professionals with a repertoire of caring, participatory, and empathetic skills are qualitatively better at changing behavior than their colleagues with higher levels of ABA training who do not possess these skills.
Anton Terentev, master, FAP-therapist
We examine the meaning of the terms "intimacy," "awareness," and "love" through the events that trigger the use of these terms (Cordova & Scott 1995), and thus can influence their occurrence and teach appropriate behavior. We believe that developing the skills of intimacy, vulnerability, and compassion in the analyst's relationship with clients may be a new, timely, and incredibly effective tool in the professional's repertoire.
8 two-hour sessions

Filled with FAP theory and practice. Class topics are woven into the ongoing interactive process of the course. The skills we aim to teach our clients are extremely complex and we can't see their deficits or deliver an effective intervention if we don't have those skills ourselves. And so, yes, sometimes you will want to run away because, above all, we will be practicing the skills of intimacy and vulnerability.

  • 1
    History of FAP. Basic principles. Functional description of intimacy. The impact of our personal histories on current interactions.
  • 2
    ACL interpersonal functional analysis
    Using the ACL model in parent-child work. Ethical issues of consent. Case Conceptualization (Modified Interpersonal Version by Gareth Holman).
  • 3
    Presentation of cases
    Parsing, evaluating your T1 and T2 and its function for the client's CRB.
  • 4
    Self and Mindfulness
    The emergence and development of the sense of self (by Tsai and Kohlenberg 1991). Mindfulness is a behavioral perspective.
  • 5
    Following humanistic values in working with specific families. The dark side of social norms. "Compassion and love" versus "obedience".
  • 6
    "From Compliance to Connection." Special guest.
    The ACL model like a major provider to the emotional regulation of neurodiverse children.
  • 7
    Generalization. out-of-session improvements.
    Revisiting our own cases. Evaluating the results. Required "completion" skill.
  • 8
    Farewell letters. Acknowledgements. Feedback.
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Course fee
240 US dollars
Санкт-Петербург, ул. Социалистическая 2/30
Phone: +7 999 036 36 80

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