Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

An introductory workshop

Access is for 6 months after purchase
Introductory level

Course Description

You will have access to the recording  for 6 months

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a powerful contextual-behavioural approach that utilises the therapy relationship as a vehicle for change. If you are an ACT practitioner, then learning about FAP is crucial!

In this webinar, following the lead of Process-Based CBT (e.g. Hayes, Hoffman, & Ciarrochi, 2020), we take the idea that the therapeutic relationship sits firmly together with technique or theory. We will build on the framework of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP; Holman, Kanter, Tsai, & Kohlenberg 2017) – a contextual behavioural account of therapy process – to look at the process of navigating interpersonal challenges as core to our work—to clinical outcomes and to our sense of mastery and meaning.

Each day as clinicians we face a stream of meaningful, many-sided interpersonal challenges. If athletes have games where everything is on the line in real time, we have sessions where we ask:

  • How do I connect with a client who seems distant or hard to like?
  • How do I motivate a client grappling with anxiety to take meaningful risks?
  • How do I course correct when treatment bogs down?
  • How do I give powerful feedback to a client I fear cannot hear it?
  • How can I be challenging without being rude?
  • How do I collaborate with a client who speaks on and on as if I were not there?
  • How do I set limits with clients who push past them over and over again?
  • How do I overcome my own invisible fences as I face these challenges?

These challenges are not generic. They are as unique as our clients—and as unique as us, the clinicians. These challenges are not exceptions. They are the work. Through these challenges, our clients expect to be understood AND nourished to stretch and grow. How do we bring all our creativity, compassion, and skill to this work?

Building on a simple process model of the therapy relationship, we will explore four fundamental evidence-based practices for effective therapy relationships:

  1. Self-awareness: How our own strengths and limits shape our work
  2. Case formulation: How and why to formulate process/relationship issues
  3. Interpersonal skills: How to show up for hard, honest, important, graceful conversations
  4. Treatment process: How to build a foundation from the beginning of treatment and course correct adaptively

We will explore each practice not in the abstract, but as a body of high impact skills to be practiced deliberately when you see clients this week.

About Your Presenter

Dr. Gareth Holman is a psychologist, coach, facilitator, and writer based in Seattle. His coaching and therapy practice serves primarily high achieving adults who need support across personal, relationship, and professional contexts. He has worked with leaders and teams across tech, media, manufacturing, consulting, government, and academic settings, in the start-up space as well as in Fortune 500 organizations.

In the clinical world, Dr. Holman is lead author of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple (New Harbinger, 2017) and has published peer-reviewed empirical and theoretical articles on therapeutic relationships and behavior change. He was previously Associate Director of Training at the Evidence-Based Practice Institute.

He loves his work, which serves the over-arching purpose of helping people more skilfully operate their psychology so that we collectively rise to the challenges and opportunities of 21st Century. Or as Elon Musk put it, “I want to think about the future and not feel sad.”

He earned his B.A. in Psychology and the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2011.


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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
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