Using a unique behavioral assessment and treatment planning framework, the updated Sixth Edition provides a systematic overview of behavioral and cognitive principles and their applications to a wide range of issues and situations encountered in human services professions. Up-to-date practice examples drawn from eight diverse case studies illustrate the range and versatility of the behavior change approach in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society, while an innovative chapter on clinical applications of behavioral and cognitive intervention techniques also addresses current influences in the field. This edition embraces the rigorous empirical foundations that have made this approach such a significant contributor to the national and international therapeutic milieu of the 21st century.

Conditioned Reinforcement and Chaining

Conditioned Reinforcement and Chaining

Drew, a child in a group home for children with developmental disabilities, was given some tokens as positive reinforcers for performing household chores. Drew dropped one token on the floor and left the rest on the table. The houseparent concluded that the token did not function as a generalized conditioned reinforcer for Drew.


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

  • Describe a procedure for establishing a generalized conditioned reinforcer for a client.
  • Compare the use of conditioned reinforcers and unconditioned reinforcers in maintaining behavior change in the client’s environment.
  • Describe a procedure ...
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