We may all be guilty of texting while driving. Even if it is at a stoplight, and no one is moving, many of us will check our phones. The days of just driving are long gone. We are living in a society that is fast-moving, where multi-tasking and the importance of checking a text or checking social media have consumed us. The best practice intervention model we believe best addresses texting and driving is cognitive behavioral therapy. “Cognitive behavioral therapy attempts to alter the individual’s interpretation of self and his or her environment and the manner in which he or she creates interpretations” (Hepworth, 2013). Most social and behavioral problems are directly related to misconceptions that people hold about themselves, life situations, or of other people. Many young adult drivers read and send text messages while driving despite the safety risks. Numerous individuals use text-messaging as a means of reducing unpleasant emotions (emotion-regulation motives) and the degree to which individuals limit texting in order to focus on present-moment experiences (attention-regulation motives) (Feldman). In this case, mindfulness is lowered within the individuals that are behind the wheel. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to increase the client’s cognitive and behavioral skills to enhance his or her functioning. Within texting in driving, it is important to realize and conceptualize the dangers there are with texting while behind the wheel. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the assumptions that people construct their own reality (Hepworth, 2013). Texting and driving involves several risk factors that may lead to death at times. For instance, if there is a fatal car accident involving one driver, who was distracted by his cellular phone, yet he survives and the person who was not distracted survived, the person guilty of the accident will be hit with the traumatic incident for many years if not treated with the proper care. The benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy reflect upon the emphasis of the client getting better, rather than feeling better. With this being said, cognitive behavioral therapy is a shorter term in which the client has an opportunity to overcome the stepping stones in a short matter of time. Some clients may need more than sixteen sessions which is the average for this therapy. When the client understands how to counsel themselves, they have confidence that they will continue to do well. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches the client to self-rationalize rather than self-counseling. This helps the client understand that there is a solution to their issue. Cognitive behavioral therapy includes other benefits such as it being structured. The structure reduces the possibility of the sessions not accomplishing much therapeutically. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be examined with scientific research if needed upon the case. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to work with almost every population. Depending on the circumstances, cognitive behavioral therapy may be used differently. CBT focuses on helping people regulate emotions and reduce negative affect and behavioral consequences. “Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns being. Behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behavior and our thoughts” (Martin, 2007). Within texting and driving, CBT would assist the client who has suffered from a traumatic incident. With cognitive behavioral therapy being short-term, goal-oriented and hands-on, the client may feel at ease when he arrives for the sessions and find at ease to solve the problem. Despite everyone knowing that texting and driving is dangerous, we may all be victims of doing so. CBT would help the client change his patterns of thinking that lay behind...
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