ERIC Number: ED235417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Intervention: Conceptual Viewpoint vs. Set of Tactics.
Adherence to a variety of conceptual frameworks in psychological treatment has resulted in technical and theoretical eclecticism. Therapy techniques have become reduced to a set of tactics in which the therapist juggles conceptual frameworks in an attempt to maximize constructive behavior change. The practitioner must conceptualize his therapeutic philosophy and client approach because such conceptualization affects how the problem is formulated, what the therapist's role and responsibilities are, and the specifications of therapeutic tactics. Most importantly, a consistent conceptual framework assures that the therapist will not behave in mutually incompatible ways from one session to the next, ultimately risking limited success rates. Finally, theoretical eclecticism limits the therapist's intellectual growth by discouraging critical analysis of the theoretical tenets of one philosophy. Given that a thorough understanding and commitment to one consistent conceptual viewpiont is beneficial, a behavioral-analytic conceptual viewpoint offers still further advantages over other equally acceptable frameworks. A behavioral framework can be used in understanding and dealing with all people and any kind of behavior. Behavioral intervention has good potential for corrective feedback since it focuses on empirical events and pushes the therapist to consider alternative strategies and tactics when therapy fails. (BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consistency (Behavior)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (29th, San Antonio, TX, April 23-26, 1983).