Behavioral interventions that honor the whole
individual and family
How Behavior Management Is Different From Therapy:
→ aims to make direct connections between behaviors and solutions
→ takes an ongoing concern and looks for concrete behavioral changes to ultimately minimize the frequency and severity of the issue at hand.
→ focuses on the direct connection between what we think and feel, and what we actually do.
→ utilizes positive reinforcement to evoke change.
→ is based on the belief that we are influenced and learn from our environment; especially when that environment rewards damaging behaviors.
The ABC’s of Behavior Management
An antecedent is what occurs right before the target behavior. It can be verbal (like a request or command), or physical (an object, sound, or something in the environment). This is commonly referred to as the “trigger.”
By understanding what occurs before a behavior, we gain better analyze the “why.”
A behavior is any action that can be observed, counted or timed. It can be learned through imitation or directly taught. Behaviors are what occurs in response to an antecedent.
The consequence describes what happens immediately after, or in response to, a behavior. It helps maintain or make the behavior more likely / unlikely to occur again.
- Cooperating with peers and siblings
- Effective communication
- Expressing needs and wants
- Following directions
- Frustration tolerance
- Identifying and articulating feelings
- Impulsivity control
- Problem solving
- Regulating emotions
A main goal of the program is to transfer knowledge, strategies and techniques that are used in treatment to other individuals in the child’s life.
It is essential for parents and caretakers to be actively involved in the process in order to implement these elements on a consistent basis.
The goal will be to reward the behaviors that are desirable and not give in to those that are unhealthy and inappropriate.
The foundational basis on this approach is to not only accept where you are today, but to also strive to make changes and grow.
This 8 session program focuses on identifying the specific behaviors that are causing instability and working to find healthier, more appropriate ways to tolerate distress, regulate emotions and incorporate more appropriate and mindful behaviors.
- Anger and aggression
- Specific fears & phobias
- Substance use