The Abcs of Human Behavior: Behavioral Principles for the Practicing Clinician

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  • Copyright: 7/1/2011
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc
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When cognitive behavior therapy emerged in 1950s, driven by the work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, basic behavior principles were largely sidelined in clinical psychology curricula. Issues in cognition became the focus of case conceptualization and intervention planning for most therapists. But as the new third-wave behavior therapies begin to address weaknesses in the traditional cognitive behavioral models-principally the modest effectiveness of thought stopping and cognitive restructuring techniques-basic behavior principles are once again attracting the interest of front-line clinicians. Many of today's clinicians, though, received their training during the years in which classical behaviorism was not a major part of clinical education. In order to make the best use of the new contextual behaviorism, they need to revisit basic behavioral principles from a practical angle. This book addresses this need. The ABCs of Human Behavioroffers practicing clinicians a pithy and practical introduction to the basics of modern behavioral psychology. The book focuses both on the classical principles of learning as well as more recent developments that explain language and cognition in behavioral and contextual terms. These principles are not just discussed in the abstract-rather the book shows how the principles of learning apply in the clinical context. Practical and easy to read, the book walks clinicians through both common sense and clinical examples that help them learn to use behavioral principles to observe, explain, and influence behavior in a therapeutic setting.

Author Biography

Jonas Ramner, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden. Niklas Trneke, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice and has worked as a senior psychiatrist in the department of general psychiatry in his hometown of Kalmar, Sweden.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Our Thanksp. vii
Introduction Building on Behaviorism: Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies, Behavioral Psychotherapy, and Functional Contextualismp. 1
Describing Behavior
Topographical Aspects of Behaviorp. 15
Observing Behavior: When, Where, and How Much?p. 31
Knowing Your ABCsp. 47
Explaining Behavior
Learning by Association: Respondent Conditioningp. 63
Learning by Consequences: Operant Conditioningp. 79
Operant Conditioning: Stimulus Controlp. 99
Learning by Relational Framing: Language and Cognitionp. 109
Applying Your ABCsp. 127
Changing Behavior
Functional Knowledgep. 145
Dialogue Toward Changep. 151
Principles and Practicesp. 167
Principles of Treatment: Onep. 171
Principles of Treatment: Twop. 185
Afterwordp. 199
Suggested Readingp. 201
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 209
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