ERIC Number: ED054465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Models in a Desensitization Procedure.
Leventhal, Allan M.
The author describes a counseling technique which: (1) is based upon behavior theory and treats acts and thoughts as operants, and anxiety as a respondent controlled by classical conditioning; (2) entails in vivo desensitization, requiring the construction of a hierarchy of anxiety-producing situations which can be enacted; (3) uses peer- or social-models to both elicit and extinguish anxiety and aid in the development of alternative behaviors; and (4) involves a fine grain analysis of the client's thoughts and behaviors, as soon as possible after their occurrence in the treatment situation, to aid in the development of alternative thoughts and behaviors which interfere with anxiety. Two cases, with whom these procedures were successful, are discussed. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC.
Note: Speech given before American Personnel and Guidance Association Meetings, Atlantic City, N.J., April 4-8, 1971