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Covert Reinforcer Sampling

Description of the Strategy

Covert reinforcer sampling is an imagery-based procedure used in conjunction with other treatment interventions when the goal of therapy involves increasing number and range of reinforcing events and items available to clients. After presenting a rationale to the client about the importance of a variety of activities in a person's life and the problems that may develop from a lack of pleasurable experiences, the therapist works with the client to determine what things may be enjoyable to him or her. The interview process is facilitated by use of the Reinforcement Survey Schedule, a list of items including a variety of stimuli that the client is asked to rate according to the degree of pleasure associated with each item. The ...

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