Here and Now: Using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) to Expand Your Clinical Repertoire


September 17, 2022 8:30am-4:30pm PST

w/ Miranda Morris, PhD and Holly Yates, MS, LCMHC

Hilton Garden Inn, Portland, OR

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About The Workshop

At the core of psychotherapy is a relationship between two people. It is through an authentic therapeutic connection that profound change can occur. But authenticity requires vulnerability and trust - and this is risky. Clients are understandably fearful of rejection, invalidation, and being misunderstood. Authenticity can also feel threatening to therapists, who may instead opt to hide behind their expertise, credentials or a focus on client symptoms.

This workshop introduces Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), a third-wave therapeutic approach that brings functional analysis into the therapeutic relationship. FAP’s proposed mechanism of action is using genuine therapist responses to contingently respond to problematic client behavior as it occurs in session. Training in FAP helps clinicians identify functional classes of behaviors as treatment targets, maximize the benefits of the therapeutic alliance, and use their own reactions to client behaviors to build a powerful connection with their clients (Kohlenberg & Tsai, 1991). While FAP is an effective therapeutic modality on its own, practitioners can integrate its lessons into other modalities as well.

Over the course of this workshop, we will work with participants to assess psychological problems using the FAP model. Participants will learn how to identify clinically relevant behaviors, enhance rapport through a process of reciprocal exchanges of vulnerability and responsiveness, and evoke and reinforce more adaptive behaviors in session through interpersonal reinforcers such as empathy, statements of caring, and self-disclosure. We will use experiential exercises, small group work and dyad work to encourage participants to practice and enhance new skills.

Meet Your Instructors

Miranda Morris, PhD

Miranda Morris, PhD is a psychologist in Bethesda, MD. She is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer who conducts workshops internationally on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and related contextual behavioral approaches including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and clinical applications of Relational Frame Theory (RFT). She is currently President of the Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and President Emeritus of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of ACBS Chapter. Miranda is Co-founder of True North Therapy and Training, a group practice dedicated to sharing contextual behavioral therapies with clients, practitioners, and the broader community.

Holly Yates, MS, LCMHC

Holly Yates MS, LCMHC, Certified FAP Trainer: Holly Yates has been in private practice in North Carolina since 2004. Holly’s practice centers on third wave therapies most specifically Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is a founding facilitator of the online ACT Peer Intervision Network sponsored through ACBS and a Certified FAP Trainer through University of Washington. Holly received supervision from Mavis Tsai, Ph.D., Robert Kohlenberg, PhD. (developers of FAP) and Gareth Holman PhD., in attaining her FAP certification. Holly conducts trainings in FAP throughout the US and internationally. She most recently co-lead a FAP I8- week online course. She was a Plenary speaker at this Years ACBS 2021 Brasil Congresso. Holly is Co-founder of North Wake Counseling.

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for up-and-coming professionals

  • Access to exclusive 1-day event with Miranda Morris, PhD and Holly Yates, MS, LCMHC
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources
  • Must be enrolled in accredited study program

Professionals (w/ CE Certificate)


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  • Access to exclusive 1-day event with Miranda Morris, PhD and Holly Yates, MS, LCMHC
  • Continuing Education Certificate
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources



This workshop is intended for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) at all levels of expertise and working with any population in any treatment setting, particularly practitioners interested in in-session functional analysis and interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy.


Introductory to Intermediate


  1. Describe the theoretical basis for Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
  2. Describe and practice functional assessment
  3. Define and explain clinically relevant behavior (CRB)
  4. Explain the five rules of FAP which guide therapist interventions
  5. Practice at least 2 exercises that can be used in session with clients to shape more effective behavior



Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport (Garden Ballroom)

12048 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220


  • 8:00am - Registration begins
  • 8:30am- Workshop begins
  • 90 minute break for lunch (with 2 other 15 minute breaks throughout the day)
  • 4:30pm - Workshop ends



**This workshop is in-person. Portland Psychotherapy will continue to follow the changing CDC, state, and local guidelines and will adapt accordingly. If you are concerned about what guidelines we will be following regarding masking and social distancing during the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us about our plans. In addition to the guidelines: 

  • Workshops will be limited in size and will be in a larger space than normal to accommodate for social distancing  
  • We will have plenty of hand sanitizer on hand and will provide disposable masks for those who need them.  
  •  If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who is sick/experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please do not attend. Send us an email so we can help make accommodations or provide a refund.  



In the event that the workshop needs to be cancelled due to an increase in Covid-19 restrictions, we will alert attendees as soon as possible and will refund the fees people paid for the event. We will not reimburse for related expenses such as lodging or travel costs. 



We reserve a number of partial scholarships for potential attendees who could not otherwise afford to come. We give particular priority to those who would add diverse and underrepresented voices to our field. To submit an application, please click here.


Portland Psychology Clinic, Research & Training Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Portland Psychotherapy, Clinic, Research & Training Center maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

6 CE credits (with the purchase of Professionals with CE Certificate ticket, completion of the Learning Activity Evaluation, and attendance of the entire workshop)


Refund/cancellation policy:

We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made more than one week before the training event. For cancellations within one week of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future training event. No refunds will be given after training events.

 Special Accommodations :

Please contact us if you need accommodations to enable you to fully participate in the workshop. We will work with you and do our best to find a way to ensure your participation.

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