Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Behavior Management and Parenting

Parents often seek out psychotherapy services to help remediate their children’s behavior problems. There is little evidence to support that play therapy alone is an effective treatment for childhood behavioral problems. Here, we’ll discuss some aspects of the theory and practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Behavior Management and Parenting.

For childhood behavior problems to be effectively remediated, it is necessary for parents to be included in the treatment, if not be the sole participators in the psychotherapeutic process. Depending on the age of the child and symptoms, children may be included in very few sessions.

Parental Psychotherapy Intake

Parents first have an intaking session for psychotherapy. It is common during the intake for behavior therapists to see a parent explain her child’s behavior problems, and place the blame on the child for the behavior, and frequently fail to see how their own actions or passivity have contributed to these problems.

Applied Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a discipline that focuses on the improvement of human behavior. Treatment procedures are based on research and include a wide range of behavior-changing strategies that put behavior principles into practice. So in this post, we’ll address some elements of Applied Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis.

Very helpful in understanding Applied Behavioral Analysis is this video named “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis” in which Christina Low Kapalu, Ph.D. (Children’s Mercy in Kansas City) explains all about it.

A thorough understanding of these principles allows us to apply behavior-changing procedures more effectively and allows families to see the fundamental effects of our strategies. Teaching families to implement these procedures extends the positive effects of therapy beyond the therapy session.

Evolution of Psychotherapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Homework Assignments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that has been empirically tested for the treatment of various mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and anger. So let’s read more about the evolution of psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as about exposure therapy homework.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach that focuses on the client’s current symptomatology, sets specific goals and devises a plan working with the client to meet these treatment goals. The client’s upbringing and history are addressed in therapy as it pertains to his current symptomatology.

One’s learning history may be quite important in determining the etiology behind how someone thinks currently. A key component to effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves assigning the client assignments to be completed during the week before the next psychotherapy session. Meeting with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist alone is not nearly as effective as meeting with a therapist in conjunction with practicing the skills learned in therapy throughout the week.