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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

Level One Training

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy FAP promotes the development of open, genuine, and intimate therapeutic relationships as a powerful road to therapeutic change. The objective of this online training is the cultivation of our capacities for awareness, courage, and therapeutic love through experiential practice. We will engage in a series of exercises and interactions with each other intended to increase our awareness of our vulnerable and genuine selves, and, in parallel, we will apply these personal exercises in our work with clients. FAP trainings are intended to promote both personal and professional development.

Dr. Chad Wetterneck and Rev. Jamilah George are offering this unique Level 1 diversity-focused Functional Analytic Psychotherapy training online through the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Tolland.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss fundamental theoretical principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
  2. Conceptualize a case using a functional analytic approach that relates out-of-session problems to in-session behavior
  3. Describe how your own learning history produces vulnerabilities and strengths in your therapeutic relationships
  4. Present fluent rationales for Functional Analytic Psychotherapy interventions
  5. Increase awareness and connection across differences

Instructor: Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D. (Certified FAP Trainer)
Co-Instructor: Jamilah George, M.Div.
Dates: Orientation 8/3/18, Start of Training 8/17/18
Days: Friday (7-9 sessions depending on enrollment)
Time: 2pm - 3:45 pm EST
Join online: Zoom Room

Notes: This is a Level 1 training for people new to FAP, with a focus on diversity issues, especially in relation to ethnic and racial differences. There will also be a number of participants enrolled who are interested or involved in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.


Topics will include:

  • Five guidelines and concrete exercises to increase connection and intensity in your therapeutic interventions
  • Functional analysis to help you decide the most effective techniques for clients with diverse histories and issues
  • When commonly used interventions can be inadvertently counter-therapeutic
  • How to make the hidden meanings of your clients' communications more visible
  • How to best use yourself as a potent agent of change

Powerpoint presentations, session transcripts, discussions, and experiential exercises will serve as teaching tools. You will have the option of presenting and getting feedback on your own clinical work. Weekly homework assignments that generate self-disclosure and risk-taking will further facilitate your learning process. Homework will take 2-4 hours per week to complete.

Technical Requirements

You will need a high-speed internet connection and a webcam to use with your computer. You will need a headset with a microphone in order to best access the training environment. We will use Zoom or a similar videoconferencing application. You will also need a quiet and private place to participate in sessions (not a moving vehicle or public space).

Vision For This FAP Training Group

  1. An intellectually stimulating learning atmosphere where creativity, diversity, collaborating, questioning, contributing and risk-taking are valued.
  2. An environment where you are reinforced as powerful thinkers and agents of change, not only in the therapy room, but in your daily lives.
  3. A place with no pretenses, where we can be seen and heard as who we are, where we express our true voice, where our wounds are validated and our gifts are nurtured.
  4. An intentional community where you feel the support, acceptance and compassion of mighty companions, where seeds are planted for continuing connection after the course if you choose.
  5. A group where you will gain an experiential understanding of how to grow and develop as a therapist and implement FAP with your clients.

Informed Consent

Both professional and personal development are emphasized in this group. The personal component involves exercises and homework assignments that facilitate self-exploration, self-disclosure, and risk-taking. These are designed to cultivate the FAP key skills of awareness, courageous, and therapeutic love and include the sharing of life stories, weekly risk logs, and loss histories. This will be an intense bonding and personal growth experience, and is suitable only for those who are willing to be interpersonally vulnerable. Space is limited to approximately 8 participants per group.

Introductory Reading

Tsai, M., Kohlenberg, R. J., & Kanter, J. W. (2010). A Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) Approach to the Therapeutic Alliance. In Muran, C. & Barber, J. (Eds) Therapeutic alliance: An evidence-based approach to practice (pp. 172-190). New York: Guilford.

Tsai, M., Kohlenberg, R.J., Kanter, J., Kohlenberg, B., Follette, W., & Callaghan, G. (2008). A guide to functional analytic psychotherapy: Awareness, courage, love and behaviorism. New York: Springer.

Power and Privilege

Miller, A., Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T., Kanter, J., & Tsai, M. (2015). Using functional analytic psychotherapy to improve awareness and connection in racially diverse client-therapist dyads. The Behavior Therapist, 38(6), 150-156.

Plummer, M. D. (2010). FAP with Sexual Minorities. In J. Kanter, M. Tsai, & R. J. Kohlenberg (Eds.) The Practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (pp. 149-172). Dordrecht: Springer.

Terry, C., Bolling, M. Y., Ruiz, M. R., & Brown, K. (2010). FAP and Feminist Therapies: Confronting Power and Privilege in Therapy. In J. Kanter, M. Tsai, & R. J. Kohlenberg (Eds.) The Practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (pp. 97-124). Dordrecht: Springer.

Trauma and PTSD

Williams, M. T., & Leins, C. (2016). Race-based trauma: The challenge and promise of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Bulletin, 26 (1), 32-37.

Williams, M. T., Metzger, I., Leins, C., & DeLapp, C. (in press). Assessing Racial Trauma Within a DSM-5 Framework: The UConn Racial/Ethnic Stress & Trauma Survey. Practice Innovations. doi: 10.1037/pri0000076


Professor Brene Brown's Talk on the Power of Vulnerability


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