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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, and facilitate connections across differences.

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 diverse identities

Instructor: Matthew Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP (Certified FAP Trainer)
Instructor: Monnica Williams, Ph.D., ABPP
Start Date: Jan 10
Days: Thursdays for 8 sessions
Time: 9 am - 11 am PST / 12 pm - 2 pm EST
Location: Zoom Room

16 CE's are available for psychologists through the Connecticut Psychological Association.


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 1-3 hours per week to complete.

Technical Requirements

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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 diverse 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.


The regular cost is $675 USD. Due to the limited class size, fees are non-refundable.

About Our Expert Instructors

Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP

Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Skinta is a Clinical Health Psychologist, certified FAP trainer, and ACBS Peer-Reviewed ACT trainer based in San Francisco, CA. He is passionate about the connections between shame, vulnerability, intimacy, and how these impact our health and wellness. In his clinical practice and research experience, his primary focus is on using FAP, ACT, and compassion-based interventions to work across lines of sexual orientation, gender diversity, and racial and ethnic difference. Matthew is particularly passionate about FAP’s potential to heal the impact of living as a minority in an increasingly divided culture. He has written several books on applying FAP, ACT, and CFT to work with gender and sexual minorities, including Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: Contextual Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion, Connection, and Equality. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, by Skinta, M.D. & Curtin, A.

Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP

Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Williams is a board-certified clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her work focuses on ethnic minority mental health and psychopathology research. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA and received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania for four years, followed by five years at the University of Louisville, where she served as Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities. Dr. Williams has published over 100 scientific articles, primarily on OCD, trauma, and cultural issues. She also provides diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, conferences, and organizations. She has a book coming out soon, entitled Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities. New Harbinger Books, by Williams, M. T., Rosen, D. C., & Kanter, J. W.

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.

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.

Holman, G., Kanter, J., Tsai, M., & Kohlenberg, R. (2017). Functional analytic psychotherapy made simple: A practical guide to therapeutic relationships. Oakland, CA, US: New Harbinger Publications.

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.

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