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ERIC Number: ED410510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 60
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Functional Therapy.
Spadafore, Gerald J.
Functional Therapy (FT) is a social skills training program that enables students to change their overt behaviors by altering their cognitive thoughts. Various aspects of FT and its application are discussed in this paper. The basic constructs of FT are ownership of the problem, accepting responsibility to solve the problem, and developing and implementing coping strategies. The FT program is designed to be utilized primarily with school-age children and can be effectively implemented with a small group of students or can be conducted on an individual basis. It encourages students to focus on their problems in the present. Minimal emphasis is placed on identifying and resolving the causes of deep-seated problems prior to launching into a treatment activity. FT consists of a series of training sessions and each session includes specific goals along with appropriate training activities, which can be completed in 10 meetings. The steps in FT are covered here and include the initial interview, an overview of the causes of behavior, attribution, self-inspection, self-regulation, self-review, self-perception, and a review of the topics covered. An example of an FT interview is also provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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