COUN5239_09a1_BTFrameworkApplication.docx - BT FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION Behavioral Therapy Framework and Application COUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy

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BT FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION Behavioral Therapy Framework and Application COUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy
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BT FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION 2 Abstract This paper presents an application of behavioral therapy, its theoretical approaches, and intervention techniques with a multicultural concern on a case study of Rona – a fictional Hispanic character - who has anxiety, depression, and social challenges, from an Asian mental health counselor’s perspective. Strengths and limitations of the theory is discussed and resolutions to the shortcomings are provided.
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BT FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION 3 Unit 9 Assignment: Behavioral Therapy Framework and Application It is essential that mental health professionals become accustomed to counseling theories and identify the ones that they most resonate with in order to incorporate them in their future practice (Corey, 2017). This paper is a sequel of unit 4 assignment that presented an application of the person-centered therapy on a case of Rona a 45-year-old Cuban lady. Rona had attended three sessions and shown promising progress. In this paper, the author will illustrate how behavioral therapy (BT) aligns with her, demonstrate BT framework and application on Rona from a mental health counselor’s perspective; discuss BT’s history, evidence-based research findings, and multicultural appropriateness; and present the theory strengths and limitations. Background Dated back to 1950s, a traditional behavioral therapy was introduced and become widely applied in United States, South Africa, and Great Britain despite being heavily criticized and resisted due to its deviation from the traditional psychoanalytic approach because it showcased successful techniques that emphasized behavioral conditioning (Corey, 2017). Several decades after that, BT’s therapeutic models, intervention techniques, and theoretical concepts had been developed into a cognitive representation of the environment by Albert Bandura in 1960s, a main treatment for psychological issues and an intervention for non-psychology industries in 1970s, a new movement that introduced emotional factors in therapeutic change and biological influence on mental disorders in 1980s, and a third-generation BT with newly introduced approaches such as dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, etc.; in summary, the approach was developed into classical conditioning, operant conditioning, social-cognitive theory, and cognitive behavior theory (Corey, 2017). The main concepts of BT involve learning explicit present behaviors because it believes that individuals learn to develop normal behaviors
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BT FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION 4 from being reinforced an imitating such behaviors while their abnormal behavioral patterns owe to their faulty learning (Corey, 2017). With behavioral therapy, clients’ behaviors would be analyzed to see how those are developed and maintained, practitioners would assume active consultant and problem-solver roles, clients’ awareness and learning are promoted, and client-
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