Skills Training in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy for Social Connection


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Starting Online 22nd Oct 2019

6-8 pm (every Tuesday  – 9 sessions)
CPD Value14 hours
Entry requirements
This training does not require prior academic knowledge or accreditation to a particular body. We expect you to have a professional context in which facilitating behaviour change is a focus. This can be in a mental health or work/business setting.

About the course

At the centre of all psychotherapies is a relationship between two people and a desire to connect at a fundamental human level. Yet for many of us, clients and therapists alike, deep connection is elusive: We are wired as human beings to be exquisitely sensitive to each other, and shame, vulnerability, and doubt keep us hiding our true selves. As therapists, we retreat into our professional training, focus on symptoms, and hide behind our expertise. The full power of the therapeutic relationship remains locked and opportunities for transformative therapeutic experiences are lost.

Whether you are engaging in CBT, ACT, DBT, or another therapeutic intervention, This training aims to add to your professional repertoire the following: Expertise in human connection. This training will help you connect with your clients in ways that create transformative moments that far exceed symptom change.

For many years, FAP training has been primarily experiential, focusing on the truism that we are with our clients in the exquisite sensitivity of human connection and the desire to be truly seen for who we are. In these training, participants practice the art of social connection with each other, exchanging vulnerabilities and learning how to connect through a series of experiential exercises.

The current training is different. Over the last seven years, Dr Kanter has been developing, with the help of many colleagues, a more concrete, skills-based approach to training in FAP. The target behaviours relevant to social connection have been defined in terms of awareness, courage, and love and formulated as a functional contextual, clinical, empirically supported model that specifies the key functional processes in easy-to-understand and apply terms. In this training, you will first learn this model through a series of experiential exercises that will help you connect better with each other and anyone in your life with whom you would like to improve your relationship.

Then, simple and concrete FAP techniques targeting these key behaviours will & be presented and exercises will promote the learning of these skills, through modelling, engagement, repeated practice, and feedback.

Learning objectives

  • Learn a new evidence-based model of social connection that can be applied to multiple relationships in your lives
  • Learn the new clinical protocol targeting this model with FAP skills
  • Enhance your ability to connect with others and maintain closer connection
  • Learn how to create a FAP relationship in the context of your ongoing work
  • Learn how to courageously evoke ACL in your therapeutic relationships
  • Learn how to respond to ACL to reinforce these behaviours
  • Learn homework assignments for clients to increase ACL in their lives
  • Learn from a new FAP manual with multiple practical examples of all FAP components developed by Jonathan Kanter and his colleagues

About the trainer

Matthew D. Skinta

Matthew D. Skinta

I earned my Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from Kent State University, completed my clinical internship through the Southwest Consortium Predoctoral Psychology Internship (Albuquerque, NM), and completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship in HIV Behavior Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After completing my training in the Los Angeles area, I relocated to San Francisco, where I spent five years as the manager of the Research Program at the UCSF Alliance Health Project. More recently, I have provided training and consultation in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and compassion-based approaches. Behavioral health psychology is often a bit like coaching, with a focus on helping you connect with tools you already possess to live the healthy balanced life you desire. This includes treating insomnia and improving sleep hygiene, finding time for exercise, taking practical steps toward a healthy diet, and finding better things to do with your life than stress. A behavioral focus is practical, and involves finding ways that our loved ones, work, and family can become sources of support and encouragement for the changes we need, instead of obstacles. I believe that the relationship we develop in our work together is a powerful tool to assess and explore where change and growth can occur in your life.