Date: 20 Oct 2008

Assessment and Case Conceptualization

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Assessment is significant only if it affects what one does in therapy (Hayes, Nelson, & Jarret, 1987). Assessment in FAP focuses on clinically relevant behaviors (CRBs) and related variables throughout the course of therapy, informing therapists’ responses to client behavior in the moment. Of all therapies that attempt to address the interpersonal functioning of outpatient adults, FAP embodies the strongest behavior analytic approach. FAP therapists seek to functionally define CRBs, recognize basic behavioral principles, appreciate the distinctiveness of each case and idiographically define the targets of treatment for a particular client. FAP case conceptualizations are dynamic, changing both with the client’s behavior and the therapist’s understanding of it. Definitions of CRBs take into account the client’s history, presenting problems and in-session behavior.

Although much of this chapter is written in the language of functional analysis, such language need not be used with clients.