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.

Specifying Behavior

Specifying Behavior

Shortly after the midterm grades came out, a teacher referred Robert to the school social worker, describing Robert as “inattentive in the classroom, poorly motivated, and having low self-esteem.” The social worker wondered what Robert did or said that led to this description.

Hayley told the therapist that she felt “nervous all the time.” Her nervousness increased as it came closer to the time her husband, Jason, came home from work each day.


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