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Introduction to the special issue.

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a behavioral approach to therapy that brings a laserlike focus on the curative aspects and implementation of a close and intense therapist client relationship. FAP entered the cognitive behavior therapy literature with a chapter (Kohlenberg & Tsai, 1987) published in Neil Jacobson's edited volume--interestingly that same book included Steve Hayes's chapter that introduced ACT (Hayes 1987). Now 25 years, four books, and some 200 publications later (many of which are included in the literature reviews by Mangabeira, Kanter, & Del Prette and Munoz-Martinez, Nova-Gomez, & Vargas Guitierrez), the papers in this special issue provide a snapshot of the impact, scope , international representation, and trends engendered by this history.

Just as FAP underscores establishing meaningful relationships with clients, the same holds true for the relationships between supervisors and supervisees and the connection among the members of our small but growing professional community of therapists, researchers, and trainers. This group came into play in the unanticipated and enthusiastic response to our call for papers. We are very appreciative of the effort and creativity of our colleagues who submitted their work.

At the expense of not doing justice to the comprehensive nature of the papers, here is a brief overview of the topics and issues addressed by our authors.

Populations and Disorders/Problems

PTSD (Pederson & colleagues); Personality Disorders (Pankey; Manduchi & colleague; Oshiro & colleagues); Unlovability (Tsai & colleague); Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Callaghan and colleagues); Self Problems (Ferro & colleagues); Adolescents (Cattivelli & colleagues); Smoking and Depression (Holman1 & colleagues); Adolescents with Sexual Offense Behaviors (Newring & colleagues); Children (Xavier & colleagues).

Clinical Technique and Solving Clinical/Theoretical Problems

(Vandenberghe & Colleague; Tsai & colleague; Bowen & colleagues; Pankey).

Theoretical and Conceptual Issues:

(Vandenberghe & Colleague; Pankey; Wetterneck & colleague; Maitland & colleague).

Facilitating Dissemination and Issues Concerning Ideographic Versus Functional Analysis and Generalization to Daily Life:

(Bonow & colleagues; Darrow & colleagues; Wetterneck & colleague; Maitland & colleague; Cattivelli & colleagues).

Supervision and Training:

(Manduchi & colleague; Darrow & colleagues; Wielenska & colleagues; Schoendorff & colleague).

Basic Research and/or Mechanisms of Action, Methodology:

(Terry & colleague; Bowen & colleagues; Holman2 & colleagues; Callaghan & colleagues; Valero & colleagues, Rodrigo & colleagues; Wetterneck & colleague).


ACT (Callaghan & colleagues; Pankey; Schoendorff & colleague); Hakomi (Collis); Mindfulness (Bowen & colleagues); Behavioral Activation (McClafferty); EST for PTSD (Pederson & colleagues); ACT, CBT, Behavioral Activation, EST for Smoking (Holmanl & colleagues); ESTs for Sexual Offense Behavior (Newring & colleagues). Literature Reviews:

(Mangabeira & colleagues; Munoz & colleagues).

Intensive Single Subject Design and Case Studies:

(Xavier & colleagues; McClafferty; Pederson & colleagues; Os hiro & colleagues).

I want to thank Jack Apsche who conceived this project and gently and tirelessly encouraged its completion. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the associate editors Glenn Callaghan, Bill Follette, Jonathan Kanter, Barbara Kohlenberg, and Mavis Tsai who put in a great deal time and effort in offering insightful and constructive criticism to our contributors. I am moved by the care, creativity, enthusiasm, patience and persistence of the authors, and am deeply thankful for their contributions to this special issue and the development of FAP.

Robert J. Kohlenberg

Editor of the Special Issue
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Author:Kohlenberg, Robert J.
Publication:The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy
Date:Jun 22, 2012
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