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Cognitive Behavior Modification

Cognitive behavior modification (CBM) is a blending of two conceptual models of management behavioral and cognitive theory, and as such is a powerful tool for changing trajectories of behavior in children and adults. One of the most widely researched and heavily evidenced types of therapy or intervention, CBM provides an evidence-based model for practice in public and private applications. Behavioral models of management originate with John Watson, Edward Thorn-dike, and B. F. Skinner and are based on learning theories of operant conditioning. Behavior is thought to be ‘learned’ and as such can be ‘unlearned.’ All behavior serves a function for the individual, such as escape and avoidance or access to a reinforcer or reinforcement of some kind. Those reinforcers could be tangible or intangible things ...

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