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  • Subject index

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.

Behavioral Assessment
Behavioral assessment

Denice, a computer programmer employed by a software firm, was referred for counseling by her supervisor because of her “moodiness” and “emotional outbursts” at work. When the therapist asked Denice for an example of the problem, she described a recent incident with a coworker. After the incident, her boss had called her into his office and asked her what was wrong. She said she was “frustrated and angry” and did not know why other people had to interfere with how she did her job. The therapist used this information in initiating a behavioral assessment.


After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Give examples of deficit and excess problematic behaviors.
  • Describe a target behavior in measurable terms.
  • Identify antecedents of a target ...
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