What are FAP and ACT? What is their connection to addressing racism? 

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are contextual-behavioral psychotherapy approaches that have generated interest among social justice-oriented clinicians. FAP provides a frame to focus on the subtleties of the psychotherapeutic relationship, the importance of increasing the clinician’s awareness of their own biases, the unique impact of clinician biases on the client, and the importance of seeing the client as a multi-faceted individual in a socio-cultural context.  ACT provides a complementary frame for a clinician to deal with the challenging thoughts (e.g., biases, stereotypes) and feelings (e.g., anxiety, fear, shame) that arise during inter-racial interactions, and a grounding in values and committed action. Together, they provide a contextual worldview and techniques that are well-suited within a social justice, anti-oppression, equity framework. 

This workshop, while not teaching FAP/ACT techniques and not requiring specific FAP/ACT knowledge, will explore these intersections of values and practice within the therapeutic relationship.

Supplemental Resources

Papers of Possible Interest

Tsai, M., Callaghan, G. M., & Kohlenberg, R. J. (2013). The use of awareness, courage, therapeutic love, and behavioral interpretation in functional analytic psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 50(3), 366-370. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0031942.  (This is a good overview of FAP.)

Dovidio and colleagues chapter on contemporary prejudice: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2009.00183.x/epdf

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.

http://monnicawilliams.com/articles/Miller_FAPdiverse_2015.pdf (This is a good overview of how FAP can help when working with people of color.)

Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., Tellawi, G., & Bruce, S. (2016). Treatment of suicide obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder with comorbid major depressive disorder. In E. Storch & A. Lewin (Eds.), Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations (pp. 431-445). Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-17138-8.

http://monnicawilliams.com/articles/Wetterneck_SuicideOCD_2016.pdf (This article may be of interest for those participants who are interested in applying the workshop principles in their work with people who have OCD.)


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. https://www.amazon.com/Functional-Analytic-Psychotherapy-Made-Simple/dp/162625351X (A good book to learn more about FAP.)