ERIC Number: ED039594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-25
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Counseling with Self-Referred Clients.
Thoreson, Carl E.; And Others
The use of reinforcement as a treatment technique by a counselor is demonstrated. Its purpose is two-fold: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of the technique; and (2) to actively involve the participant in the demonstration. A pre-test involves presentation of a hypothetical situation from which the participant is to select: (1) problem behaviors; (2) antecedents of behaviors; (3) consequences; and (4) strategies for rectifying the situation. One then is invited to observe a role play of a typical initial interview by a behavioral counselor. He is to compare his observations on the four situational aspects with those of the counselors. A post-test is then presented to ascertain the effectiveness of the approach. A second section on systematic desensitization (piecemeal breaking down of maladaptive anxious behavior) for school counselors follows the same format as the initial section. The authors contend that the use of reinforcement and systematic desensitization would be more realistic if demonstrated instead of described and would be more meaningful if the counselors were involved. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA.; American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 23-26, 1970