Behavioral Therapy Essay
A brief overview of Behavioural therapy
Behavioural therapy focussed on directly observable behaviour – to identify the problem and direct assessment, current determinants of behaviour – to identify factors that exert influence on current functioning and learning experiences that promote change (Kazdin, 2001). The treatment strategies are specifically planned around the client after careful assessment and evaluation of the clients behaviour to develop adaptive, prosocial behaviour and the reduction of maladaptive behaviour in everyday life.
Behavioural therapy originated in 1950’s and early 1960’s in the US, SA and GB and was a radical departure from the dominant psychoanalytic perspective combining …show more content…
3. The key characteristics and assumptions of Behavioural Therapy
3.1 It is based on the principles and procedures of the scientific method – treatment goals are stated in concrete objective terms, are agreed upon by client and therapist, behavioural concepts and procedures are stated explicitly, tested empirically within an conceptual framework and revised continually.
3.2 Behaviour is not limited to observable behaviour but includes internal processes (cognitions, images, beliefs, emotions). The behaviour must be something that can be operationally defined.
3.3 It deals with current environmental events that maintain the problem behaviour, and by changing the environmental events through a process of functional assessment, helps the client to produce a behavioural change.
3.4 The client learns new and adaptive behaviour through an action orientated and educational