Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Seventh International Conference; Merida, Mexico; 2013

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Paper Session #60
Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Therapeutic Change
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
10:00 AM–10:20 AM
Yucatan III (Fiesta Americana)
Area: CBM
Chair: Andree Fleming-Holland (University of Veracruz)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Therapeutic Change

Domain: Theory
ANDREE FLEMING-HOLLAND (University of Veracruz), Marco Wilfredo Salas-Martinez (University of Veracruz, Mexico), Esperanza Ferrant-Jimenez (University of Veracruz)

Behavior analysis has been at the vanguard of therapeutic innovation since its inception. Among the universally accepted techniques used in behavior therapy are systematic desensitization, time out response cost and imaginal exposure as well as strategies to improve social skills and coping skills and increase self-regulation strategies. There is considerable literature supporting the efficacy of behavior therapy, which has generally emphasized the relationship between decreases in rate contingent positive reinforcement and presenting symptoms. The identification of functional relationships between life events, environment and mood leads to the behavioral strategy of increasing those behaviors related to improved mood and/or mastery of difficult situations, as well as the improvement of behavior deficits that make social situations difficult or produce avoidance of these situations. Self-control interventions focus on increasing self- reinforcement and decreasing self-punishment by teaching self-monitoring and setting specific goals. Today, behavior analysis t is once again in the vanguard of therapeutic interventions to augment brain plasticity. Mindfulness is a promising approach to avoiding relapses and reducing stress, while increasing self-regulation and neural plasticity, as well as a promising approach to avoiding relapses in treatment programs.




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