SPS SIG Talk: Functional Analytic Therapy

How to use the therapeutic alliance as the vehicle of change

In this talk, we aim to introduce FAP to the audience, both therapeutically and experientially.

Regarded originally as a clinical behavior analytic intervention (Madden, Hanley, & Dougher, 2016), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP, Kohlenberg & Tsai, 1991) is viewed as one of the primary interventions described as part of a ‘third wave’ of cognitive behavior therapy which are focused on use of mindfulness, acceptance, the relational qualities of the therapist and functional or meaningful change rather than symptom alleviation (Hayes, 2004).

Over 30 years of development, FAP has accumulated research support across a range of case studies, single-subject designs and mechanism studies, and group designs (Mangabeira, Kanter, & Del Prette, 2012).

In FAP, the therapist creates an emotionally intense and safe relationship with the patient and then applies behavioral principles, such as reinforcement and generalization, to shape the patientˈs interpersonal improvements in the context of this relationship. In Essence, we use the therapeutic alliance as the vehicle of change.

In our short talk we will introduce you to some short but powerful interventions to experience FAP from the inside out. We will be introducing the model and helping our clinicians apply it in their every day life and therapeutic work.

Register your interest today, admission is free!

Date: 27 February 2020, Thursday
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: TMC Academy Lecture Theater, 250 Middle Road Singapore 188983

This talk is organised by the Clinical Psychology Special Interest Group (Clinical Psychology SIG) of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).

Speaker’s Profile

Dr Emma Waddington

Dr Emma Waddington has 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. Emma has a Ph.D. in Psychology and an MSc. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Following on from 10 years experience working in London, she moved to Singapore, where she started working as part of the faculty team at National University Singapore. This is where she started to get very familiar with the landscape and the development of clinical psychology in Singapore. During this time she has also supervised clinical practice in a local children’s home, she has run process groups for workers in this home and supervised clinicians working in the Institute of Mental Health. Emma also set up the only full Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme in Singapore for two years, which was run with her students. She has also had the pleasure of working for the last two years in a local GP practice seeing primarily local clients. It has been an honour for her, to get to support the development of the practice of clinical psychology in Singapore.