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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

Distinctive Features, 1st Edition

By Mavis Tsai, Robert J. Kohlenberg, Jonathan W. Kanter, Gareth I. Holman, Mary Plummer Loudon


168 pages

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This volume distils the core principles, methods, and vision of the approach. Each Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) principle is presented in terms of its intended purpose and is clearly linked to the underlying theory, thus providing clinicians with a straightforward guide for when and how to apply each technique.

FAP embraces awareness, courage, and love as integral to the treatment process. Part I of this volume reviews the history of FAP and the basic behavioral principles on which it is based. Part II provides an easy to use step-by-step guide to the application of FAP techniques.

FAP is an approach undergoing a renaissance, and this volume uniquely summarizes the full history, theory, and techniques of FAP, resulting in a handbook perfect for clinicians and graduate students with or without a behavioural background.


The authors have written a highly accessible and cogent account of FAP theory and practice. This book clearly shows how experts in other cognitive behaviour therapies can intergrate FAP strategies and techniques into their own practice, in order to enhance their therapeutic benefits. - Frank Bond, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Table of Contents

Part I: Distinctive Theoretical Features of FAP.The Historical Roots of FAP. Appreciations and Misunderstandings of Radical Behaviorism. The Importance of Environments and History. What's the Function? Understanding the Functions of the Therapist. The Central Role of Reinforcement. Natural versus Arbitrary Reinforcement. Clinically Relevant Behaviors. Emotions and Feelings. Development of the Self. Intimacy and Attachment. Cognitions and Beliefs. Hidden Meaning. The Therapy Relationship is a Real Relationship. Creating a Sacred Space of Trust and Safety. Part II: Distinctive Practical Features of FAP. The Treatment Rationale and the Beginning of Therapy. Assessment and Flexible Case Conceptualization. Use of Therapeutic Rules. Awareness (Rule 1, Rule 4). Courage (Rule 2). Therapeutic Love (Rule 3). Self-disclosure: Using Your Personal Reactions to Clients. Homework (Rule 5). Talking with Clients (Rule 5). A Logical Therapeutic Interaction in FAP. Openness to Techniques from other Therapies. Termination. Supervision and Training. Ethical Issues and Precautions. The Promise of FAP.

About the Authors

Mavis Tsai is a psychologist in independent practice and Director of the FAP Specialty Clinic at the University of Washington where she is involved in teaching and research.

Robert J. Kohlenberg is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington where he was a Director of Clinical Training.

Jonathan W. Kanter is Associate Professor and Clinic Coordinator at the Department of Psychology, and a Research Scholar at the Center for Addictions and Behavioral Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Gareth Holman is a post-doctoral fellow at Evidence-Based Practice Institute in Seattle and FAP practicum co-instructor at the University of Washington.

Mary Plummer Loudon is a clinical psychologist in private practice and FAP Clinic supervisor at the University of Washington.

About the Series

CBT Distinctive Features

This exciting new series asks leading practitioners and theorists of the main CBT therapies to write simply and briefly on what constitutes the main features of their particular approach.

Each Distinctive Features book will highlight the thirty main features – practical and theoretical – of its respective approach. The series as a whole will be essential reading for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists of all orientations who wish to learn more about the range of new and developing cognitive-behavioural approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling