|PSY 101 Treatment of Psychological Disorders II: Behavioral Therapies|
Behavior therapies use the principles of learning to change a client's maladaptive behavior
All behaviors are learned
All behaviors can be unlearned, that is, new behaviors can be learned
Systematic Desensitization - developed by Joseph Wolpe (right)
- Develop a hierarchy of fears or anxieties
- Teach client deep muscle relaxation.
- Working the inventory from bottom to top: imagination vs. relaxation
In aversion therapy, a noxious stimulus is paired with a stimulus that elicits or results in an unwanted response or behavior.
Social Skills Training
For clients with interpersonal difficulties (difficulty meeting strangers, going on dates, talking in groups, etc.), social skills training permits such clients
- to watch models of better behaviors (modeling)
- to rehearse better social behaviors (behavioral rehearsal)
- to receive feedback and suggestions for improving social behaviors (shaping)
This page was originally posted on 12/03/03 and last updated on 04/20/03