If there was one tool that lies at the heart of impactful and meaningful clinical change, it is functional analysis. It is the cornerstone to behavioural work.
Since the days of Skinner, conducting a functional analysis has been at the core of behaviour analysis. Even today, functional analysis is central to psychotherapy models such as acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, functional analytical psychotherapy and behavioural activation. Functional analysis is a crucial process by which we make sense of the complex problems our clients want help with. It is both our road map for understanding these problems and for knowing how to best get our clients unstuck and back on track again.
Traditionally, the theoretical understanding of functional analysis has been based on research with animals other than humans. However, with the arrival of a modern behaviour analysis of human language, relational frame theory (RFT), this situation has dramatically changed. We now have an increased understanding of how so called “private events” (feelings, thinking, remembering) influence human behaviour as a whole. This means our functional analyses can be used with precision, scope and depth across all the arenas of human activity.
This workshop will bring together the conclusions from RFT regarding complex human behaviour and show how this understanding can be applied in doing a clinical functional analysis in conjunction with the client, in such fashion that it contributes to the process of change. The workshop will include both a theoretical and a practical part. You will learn how to sharpen your functional analysis skills to undertake more efficient assessments, create a more powerful therapeutic alliance and design more impactful interventions.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for practitioners who use Behaviour Analysis, ACT and other Contextual and Behavioural approaches in their clinical work. This is aimed at the intermediate level, which means that the basics of the behavioural model or other models won’t be covered.
Dr Niklas Törneke is a Swedish psychiatrist and psychotherapist, originally trained in cognitive therapy. Since 1998 he has been working with ACT and is continuously training and supervising ACT both in his home country and internationally. He belongs to the original group of peer reviewed ACT trainers. He is the author of “The ABCs of human behaviour” (with Jonas Ramnerö), “Learning RFT” and “Metaphor in Practice”.
How do I access the online workshop?
It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.
Can I ask questions during the presentation?
Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.
Will I receive a CPD certificate?
Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.
Can I view the presentation afterwards?
Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 3 weeks after the workshop is finished. You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.
What equipment do I need?
You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).
Can I still participate in any skills practice work?
Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.
Will I be able to access the online workshop on my computer?
Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.
How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?
We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.
There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.