The Application of FAP to Groups: Online 8-Week Course in Functional Analytic Group Psychotherapy

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Repeats every week until Mon Mar 06 2017 .
Jan 9 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jan 16 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jan 23 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jan 30 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Feb 6 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Feb 13 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Feb 20 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Feb 27 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mar 6 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Luc Vandenberghe, Dr.Psy., Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D.

Are you struggling to bring Functional Analytic Psychotherapy to group? In this class we will provide instruction on concepts and applications of FAP as it pertains to small group settings. Groups are evocative- and can magnify powerful interventions through the presence of more than one person in the room. They can also feel scary and out of control! Come join us to learn our thoughts on how to structure groups, intervene effectively, obtain cohesion, be evocative, get groups to be therapeutic to each other, and apply the concepts of FAP. Experiential participation will be part of this workshop. While it will help to have some past exposure to FAP, this workshop is open to clinicians who are interested in specific interventions to make their (potential or current) psychotherapy groups great.

Course description: This training is designed to empower group therapists with functional analytic principles and techniques for effective and flexible practice. Both the clinical pragmatics and the experiential affordance of group therapy practice will be explored. We will cover the tenets of functional analytic psychotherapy and the ways these have been translated into group therapy. There will be an emphasis on the ways the trainers have run groups in the past, but alternative ways will be pointed out as well. The training will stress client case conceptualization, group case conceptualization, in-vivo functional analysis in the group, and functional analytic intervention while the target behavior is happening.

We intend providing a look at how functional analytic psychotherapy thinking enhances the scope of group therapy interventions, and a selection of techniques that can help make therapy more flexible, sensitive and focused. This look involves using the person of the group leader as a tool for intervention. Participants will be asked to contribute something of their own experience as therapist and to be open about their interpersonal difficulties and vulnerabilities (and supportive of others’ efforts to do so) as relevant for group work. Discussions will include a review of personal observations and experiences with groups, application of functional analytic perspectives and discussions of practical issues in working with functional analytic group therapy. Trainees with current groups may take optional homework assignments to report back on in the next session.

This class will meet 4:00 EST (Boston, MA) and 19hr00 (Rio, Brazil) Mondays starting January 9 through March 6 (there will be no class on Feb 27). Contact drhoekstra@bostondbtgroups to sign up/ ask questions. The cost is $650 with discounts for students/ trainees. 

Luc Vandenberghe, Dr.Psy has a private practice in Central Brazil since 1994 and a teaching position since 1997. Since 1999, he has led many short-term FAP-enhanced groups at a free community clinic and at a local university teaching clinic, as well as supervision groups for clinical psychology undergraduates. He authored and co-authored several papers on Functional Analytic Group Therapy, as well as on other clinical topics, mainly in Portuguese and in English. He earned his license as a clinical psychologist from the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1988 and completed a doctorate at the University of Liège, also in Belgium, a decade later. Before moving to Brazil, he practiced for five years at a general hospital in Germany. His interests include trans-cultural therapy; integration of third wave behavior therapies; the role of interpersonal relationships in chronic pain and in emotional disorders; and how to harness the feelings of the therapist as a tool for treatment.

Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D. has a private practice focusing mainly on outpatient group therapy for adolescents and adults. She has been practicing in the Boston area since 2008 and has led several long-term groups. She co-authored a chapter on the application of FAP to group therapy with Mavis Tsai in The Practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and is a certified FAP trainer. She graduated from Seattle University in 2001 and completed a six-month class in DBT through the University of Washington while on internship. After obtaining her doctorate from Pacific University in Oregon, she completed a Harvard Post-Doctorate position in Dialectical Behavior Therapy where she set up a treatment study to provide FAP-enhanced groups for clients who had completed DBT. She has always had a strong interest in group therapy and applied behaviorism; maintaining a sense of humor and creativity exhibited in her book The Emotional Extremist’s Guide to Handling Cartoon Elephants. (,