The ABCs of Human Behavior: Behavioral Principles for the Practicing Clinician

The ABCs of Human Behavior: Behavioral Principles for the Practicing Clinician

by Niklas Torneke
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572245387

ISBN-13: 9781572245389

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

When cognitive behavior therapy emerged in 1950s, driven by the work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, basic behavior principles were largely sidelined in clinical psychology curricula. Issues in cognition became the focus of case conceptualization and intervention planning for most therapists. But as the new "third-wave" behavior therapies begin to address weaknesses…  See more details below

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When cognitive behavior therapy emerged in 1950s, driven by the work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, basic behavior principles were largely sidelined in clinical psychology curricula. Issues in cognition became the focus of case conceptualization and intervention planning for most therapists. But as the new "third-wave" behavior therapies begin to address weaknesses in the traditional cognitive behavioral models-principally the modest effectiveness of thought stopping and cognitive restructuring techniques-basic behavior principles are once again attracting the interest of front-line clinicians. Many of today's clinicians, though, received their training during the years in which classical behaviorism was not a major part of clinical education. In order to make the best use of the new contextual behaviorism, they need to revisit basic behavioral principles from a practical angle. This book addresses this need.

The ABCs of Human Behavior offers practicing clinicians a pithy and practical introduction to the basics of modern behavioral psychology. The book focuses both on the classical principles of learning as well as more recent developments that explain language and cognition in behavioral and contextual terms. These principles are not just discussed in the abstract-rather the book shows how the principles of learning apply in the clinical context. Practical and easy to read, the book walks clinicians through both common sense and clinical examples that help them learn to use behavioral principles to observe, explain, and influence behavior in a therapeutic setting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572245389
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Context / NHP Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Our Thanks vii

Introduction Building on Behaviorism: Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies, Behavioral Psychotherapy, and Functional Contextualism 1

Part 1 Describing Behavior

Chapter 1 Topographical Aspects of Behavior 15

Chapter 2 Observing Behavior: When, Where, and How Much? 31

Chapter 3 Knowing Your ABCs 47

Part 2 Explaining Behavior

Chapter 4 Learning by Association: Respondent Conditioning 63

Chapter 5 Learning by Consequences: Operant Conditioning 79

Chapter 6 Operant Conditioning: Stimulus Control 99

Chapter 7 Learning by Relational Framing: Language and Cognition 109

Chapter 8 Applying Your ABCs 127

Part 3 Changing Behavior

Chapter 9 Functional Knowledge 145

Chapter 10 Dialogue Toward Change 151

Chapter 11 Principles and Practices 167

Chapter 12 Principles of Treatment: One 171

Chapter 13 Principles of Treatment: Two 185

Afterword 199

Suggested Reading 201

References 203

Index 209

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