Upcoming Event:

    • 03 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Online

    Spring Virtual Workshop 2024:

    Here, Now, and Between Us: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and the power of the therapeutic relationship

    6 CE credits

    Workshop Description:

    Increase the emotional intensity, interpersonal focus and impact of your treatment. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) uses functional analysis to create deep, meaningful and healing therapeutic relationships. By focusing on the subtle ways clients' daily life problems occur in the context of therapy and by augmenting the therapist repertoires identified as  awareness, courage and love (behaviorally defined) in responding contingently to emotional and interpersonal target behaviors, clients are helped to resolve presenting symptoms and to delve into their purpose and passion for living. FAP calls for therapeutic stances and techniques that no single orientation would predict, and provides a conceptual and practical framework that concretely builds skills to help practitioners reach their highest aspirations.
    This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurse-Practitioners.

    Mavis Tsai, PhD, co-creator of FAP (with the late Robert Kohlenberg, PhD ABPP), is a clinical psychologist and senior research scientist at University of Washington’s Center for Science of Social Connection. She is the co-author of five books on FAP (some of which have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Persian and Polish), and over 75 articles and book chapters. She is a recipient of Washington State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award and is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. As Founder of the nonprofit organization ‘Awareness, Courage & Love Global Project which brings FAP to the general public, she trains volunteers to lead chapters in six continents to create a worldwide network of open-hearted change-seekers who strive to meet life’s challenges through deepening interpersonal connection and rising to live more true to themselves.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the five FAP rules that increase connection, intensity, and effectiveness in your interventions.

    2. Identify when commonly used interventions can be inadvertently counter-therapeutic.

    3. Explore and express the deeper recesses of your true self -- what feels unseen, unmet, and unheld -- so that you can increase depth and connection in your therapeutic relationships.

    4. Identify and address how your clients can activate your own problematic behaviors such that you can enhance your target behaviors as a therapist

    5. Practice using all five FAP rules to facilitate generalization of client in-session progress.


    Course Schedule:

    Virtual Rooms Open, Technical Check 

    Overview of FAP; why the here and now relationship is a powerful mechanism of change; clinically relevant behaviors; follow function, not form


    The Five FAP Rules; focus on Rules 1, 2, and 3


    Focus on Rules 4 and 5; noticing your impact; importance of FAP self work


    Practicing all 5 FAP rules; ethical considerations; generalization of FAP; Q&A

    A recording of the event will be available to all registrants for 6 weeks after the workshop and CE credits can be verified through our Learning Hub. 

    The Manitoba Psychological Society is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Manitoba Psychological Society maintains responsibility for the program.

    CE credits are awarded after completion of the full CE activity. 

    Cancellation policy: No refunds will be issued. You will have 6 weeks following the event to access the workshop and materials. 

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27 May 2022 Spring Workshop: Treating Trauma with ACT: Revitalizing Interrupted Lives
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26 Nov 2021 Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy skills using the Matrix Method
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15 Dec 2020 MPS Virtual Town hall
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30 Mar 2020 MPS AGM 2020
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19 Mar 2018 AGM 2018
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20 Mar 2017 AGM 2017
24 Feb 2017 MPS 50th Anniversary Gala
04 Nov 2016 Innovative CBT for Difficult Anxiety Disorders
22 Apr 2016 Innovations in Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Risk
21 Mar 2016 AGM 2016 | Trauma: Workers, Helpers, and Treatment
05 Feb 2016 Cultural Competency Training Opportunity Exclusively for MPS Members
05 Nov 2015 Uppers, Downers and All-rounders: Knowing the Drugs your Clients are Abusing
01 May 2015 Science-Driven and Method-Driven Psychological Evaluation, Especially for Medical-Legal Claims of all types
23 Mar 2015 Mental Health in the Workplace: The Three Pillars
23 Mar 2015 AGM 2015 | Mental Health in the Workplace: The Three Pillars
21 Nov 2014 2014 Continuing Education Workshop

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