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Behavior Change in the Human Services, Fifth Edition continues to provide a systematic introduction and overview of behavioral and cognitive principles and their applications to a wide range of problems and situations encountered in the human service professions. Designed for students and practitioners, the book uses a unique problem-solving framework to demonstrate how behavior change principles can be applied to practice situations. The book features a detailed and sequential organization that encourages readers to move progressively through material of increasing complexity and to conduct self-assessments of their knowledge. The Fifth Edition includes eight clinical case studies and many new and engaging examples that address issues such as substance abuse, child behavior problems, assertiveness, marital discord, and developing appropriate social behaviors.


In a parent training group, Carla's mother, Juanita, told the practitioner that almost every time she told Carla to put her toys away, Carla screamed. Juanita would attempt to placate Carla by promising to buy her new clothes and by putting the toys away herself.

On the basis of the behavioral assessment, the practitioner suspected that Juanita was reinforcing Carla's screaming by putting the toys away and promising to buy Carla new clothes. The practitioner showed Juanita how to use extinction to decrease Carla's screaming. The procedure involved withholding the positive reinforcers for Carla's screaming.

The practitioner instructed Juanita to stop making promises, to stop putting away the toys, and to walk away from Carla when she screamed about putting away her toys. The practitioner told ...

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