Academic journal article The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy

Introduction to the Special Issue

Academic journal article The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy

Introduction to the Special Issue

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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). …

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