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Major Concepts
Baseline
Behavioral exchange theory
Classical conditioning
Cognitions
Discriminative stimulus (cue)
Extinction-ignore behavior
Functions
Modeling
Negative reinforcement
Operant conditioning
Positive reinforcement
Punishment
Reciprocal inhibition
Reciprocity
Successive approximation (shaping)
Time-out
Theory of Dysfunction
Maladaptive, symptomatic behaviors are learned responses, involuntarily acquired and reinforced.
Theory of Change
Modifying specifici behavior patterns to alleviate the presenting problem.  Affect, cognition and behavior interact to affect the quality of relationships.  A change in one will bring about changes in the others.
Rewards should be made for appropriate, adaptive behaviors.
Do not reward inappropriate, maladaptive behaviors.
Change contingencies of social reinforcement.
Stages
Identification of problem behavior through observation and self-report of family.
Behavioral goals which will change marital and family problems are created by therapist and client.
Design behavioral interventions and give homework.
Observable and reported symptom removal.
Termination
Therapy is brief.
Stance
Directive
Teacher
Coach
Model
Reinforcer
Methods/Techniques
Operant Techniques (shaping, token economies, contingency contracting, contingency management, and time out).
Respondent conditioning (systematic desensitization, assertiveness training, aversion therapies, and sex therapies).
Cognitive Affective Techniques (thought-stopping, rational emotional therapy, modeling, retribution, and self-monitoring).
Diagnosis/Assessment
The function of maladaptive behaviors.
Identification of inter-actional sequences in which problems are embedded.
Interview
Self-report measures
Direct observation of problem-solving and communication.
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