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A Guide to Functional Analytic PsychotherapyAssessment and Case Conceptualization

A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Assessment and Case Conceptualization Chapter 3 Jonathan W. Kanter, Cristal E. Weeks, Jordan T. Bonow, Sara J. Landes, Glenn M. Callaghan, and William C. Follette Assessment is significant only if it affects what one does in therapy (Hayes, Nelson, & Jarret, 1987). Assessment in FAP focuses on clinically relevant behaviors (CRBs) and related variables throughout the course of therapy, informing therapists’ responses to client behavior in the moment. Of all thera- pies that attempt to address the interpersonal functioning of outpatient adults, FAP embodies the strongest behavior analytic approach. FAP therapists seek to functionally define CRBs, recognize basic behavioral principles, appreciate the distinctiveness of each case and idiographically define the targets of treat- ment for a particular client. FAP case conceptualizations are dynamic, chan- ging both with the client’s behavior and the therapist’s understanding of it. Definitions of CRBs take into account the client’s history, presenting problems and in-session behavior. Although much of this chapter is written in the language of functional analysis, such language need not be used with clients. Alternative client-friendly language (including phrases such as ‘‘opening your heart,’’ ‘‘speaking your truth’’) is described in many of the examples presented in this book, despite the fact that such terms would make http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Guide to Functional Analytic PsychotherapyAssessment and Case Conceptualization

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
ISBN
978-0-387-09786-2
Pages
1 –23
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09787-9_3
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Chapter 3 Jonathan W. Kanter, Cristal E. Weeks, Jordan T. Bonow, Sara J. Landes, Glenn M. Callaghan, and William C. Follette Assessment is significant only if it affects what one does in therapy (Hayes, Nelson, & Jarret, 1987). Assessment in FAP focuses on clinically relevant behaviors (CRBs) and related variables throughout the course of therapy, informing therapists’ responses to client behavior in the moment. Of all thera- pies that attempt to address the interpersonal functioning of outpatient adults, FAP embodies the strongest behavior analytic approach. FAP therapists seek to functionally define CRBs, recognize basic behavioral principles, appreciate the distinctiveness of each case and idiographically define the targets of treat- ment for a particular client. FAP case conceptualizations are dynamic, chan- ging both with the client’s behavior and the therapist’s understanding of it. Definitions of CRBs take into account the client’s history, presenting problems and in-session behavior. Although much of this chapter is written in the language of functional analysis, such language need not be used with clients. Alternative client-friendly language (including phrases such as ‘‘opening your heart,’’ ‘‘speaking your truth’’) is described in many of the examples presented in this book, despite the fact that such terms would make

Published: Oct 20, 2008

Keywords: Therapeutic Relationship; Target Behavior; Interpersonal Behavior; Case Conceptualization; Behavioral Repertoire

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