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Do you sometimes struggle with developing deep, authentic therapeutic relationships? Do you sometimes get stuck with a difficult client and wonder how to break the pattern and re-engage them in a meaningful way?
Functional Analytic Therapy offers a unique way to address these and other common problems many therapists face.
Therapy is a kind of dance. One where you have to move in harmony with another person in a way that is authentic, flexible, compassionate, and effective. This dance requires practice that balances self-reflection with skill development and feedback.
In this eight-week online course for clinicians, we will combine practice-proven, science-based principles with experiential practice to improve your therapy relationship skills. Dedicated practice of these skills will improve your therapy relationships, your therapeutic effectiveness, and your well-being as a therapist.
We’ll start by reviewing some basic principles. For example, we will define the therapeutic relationship from a Contextual Behavioral Science perspective. We will describe effective ways and ineffective ways of being in a therapeutic relationship. In particular, we will discuss a stance for therapeutic relationships defined by the Awareness, Courage, and Love model of FAP.
Next, we will build a flexible, experiential understanding of our individual strengths and vulnerabilities in therapeutic relationships. We will develop this understanding experientially by applying FAP’s Awareness, Courage, and Love model to experiential practice live in the online workshop with each other. In other words, we will learn the model by practicing with it one another.
In the second half of this intensive course, we will work on applying Awareness, Courage, and Love and related empirically-validated principles to clinical practice in key moments of the therapeutic relationship, including beginning a relationship, orienting to the therapy relationship, addressing in-the-moment clinically relevant behavior, responding to client’s vulnerability or needs in the moment, and talking about ‘undiscussable’ issues and what to do when therapy is stuck.
Each session will involve:
* Because this title is brand new, your free book will arrive after April 1.
Practice: sharing our story of values/vulnerabilities as therapists.
Practice: Functional analysis ‘script’ practice.
Practice: Therapy relationship values statement and rationale exercise.
Practice: Evoking in relation to vulnerable disclosure.
Practice: Responding to in the moment vulnerable behavior.
Practice: Logical interaction focused on engaging courageously with a challenging client, part 1.
Practice: Logical interaction focused on engaging courageously with a challenging client, part 2.
Practice: Share your closing appreciations with practice partners.
All sessions of this course will run on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:20pm Eastern Time, USA.
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*Please note that CE credit will be awarded at the end of the course. Amount of credits will depend on number of completely attended sessions.
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