Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 11–19 | Cite as

The Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Rating Scale: a Replication and Extension

  • Andrew M. BuschEmail author
  • Glenn M. Callaghan
  • Jonathan W. Kanter
  • David E. Baruch
  • Cristal Weeks
Original Paper


Few theories of psychotherapy give direction to the therapist on a moment-to-moment level or make predictions about how specific therapist techniques change client behavior in session. Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP, Kohlenberg and Tsai in Functional analytic psychotherapy: a guide for creating intense and curative therapeutic relationships. Plenum, New York 1991) provides this direction and prediction. Specifically, FAP claims that client problem behaviors will be displayed in the therapeutic relationship and that the therapist can improve client in-session behavior through differential, contingent responding. Further, it is assumed that these improvements in session can be generalized to out of session relationships. The FAP rating scale (FAPRS) was developed for the purpose of coding in-session client and therapist behaviors in an effort to test FAP’s purported mechanism of change. The current study seeks to replicate and extend initial FAPRS findings (Callaghan et al. in J Contemp Psychother 33:321–339, 2003) regarding mechanism of change and to address transportability. FAPRS coding data from a single successful case of an individual diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and treated with FAP is presented. Results indicate that the FAPRS system is transportable and are generally supportive of the claim that therapist contingent responding leads to client improvement.


Functional analytic psychotherapy Borderline personality disorder Psychotherapy process 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew M. Busch
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  • Glenn M. Callaghan
    • 3
  • Jonathan W. Kanter
    • 1
  • David E. Baruch
    • 4
  • Cristal Weeks
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.San Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA
  4. 4.Cardinal Stritch UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  5. 5.Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical SchoolProvidenceUSA

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