Theory Outlines: Behavior and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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Behavior Therapies
Jerry Ibarra August 21, 2013
Grand Canyon University

I. Theory: Behavior Therapy (Murdock, 2013) a. Key Concepts i. Classical Conditioning Model ii. Operant Conditioning Model iii. Observational Learning. iv. Principles of Behavioral Therapy 1. Behavior is strengthened or weaken by its consequences, whether publicly or privately 2. Rewarded behavior is increased and punished behavior is decreased. 3. The approach is functional rather than structural. 4. When neutral stimuli is paired with positive or negative environment can assimilate the environment in which they are in 5. Behaviorism is considered anti-mentalist. 6. Behavior is empirically based and driven by data. 7. Changes in therapy must manifest themselves in the client’s day to day lives. 8. Insight alone cannot benefit the client. v. Humans are motivated to assimilate to the environment. vi. The Construct of Learning History vii. Psychological dysfunction is maladaptive behavior. viii. Goal-to reduce or eliminate maladaptive behavior. ix. First Session Goals 9. Establish rapport with the client 10. Understand the clients problem and select a target 11. Gather data about maintaining conditions 12. Client education about behavioral approach to treatment and issues of confidentiality.

b. Key Theorists (Murdock, 2013) x. B.F. Skinner xi. E.L. Thorndike xii. Albert Bandura xiii.

c. Appropriate Populations for the Theory (Murdock, 2013) xiv. Individuals with depression xv. Substance Abuse Disorders xvi. Diverse Cultures xvii. Some Feminist Values xviii. Clients capable of receiving self direction. xix.

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