therapeutic goals of behavior therapy

This week’s online activity is designed to help you review some of the cognitive behavioral approaches. If you have not done so, please read chapters 9, 10, and 11, and particularly prior to watching the Module 4 Supplemental Videos in the class announcements. This activity is worth 10 points and should be completed by Friday, October 7, 2016. The activity will be locked at 6pm EST on Friday, October 7th. Your responses will be printed and brought to class for review.


1. Behavior TherapyBehavior therapists and practitioners focus on:

Question 2.2. Behavior TherapyAccording to Corey (2017), what disorders have been successfully treated using behavior therapy?

Question 3.3. Behavior TherapyWhat is your understanding of “why” behavior therapy has been successful to treat the above disorders?

Question 4.4. Behavior TherapyList and define the four major areas of development.

1. Classical Conditioning

2. Operant Conditioning

3. Social Learning Approach

4. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Question 5.5. Behavior TherapyExplain the therapeutic goals of behavior therapy.

Question 6.6. Behavior TherapyBehavior therapists conduct a thorough functional assessment, or behavior analysis, that uses the ABC Model. List and define each step of the ABC model.

A =

B =

C =

Question 7.7. Behavior TherapyCorey (2017) maintains that one unique contribution of behavior therapy is that it offers therapists:


Question 8.8. Behavior TherapyList and describe the following therapeutic techniques and procedures.

1. Operant Conditioning Techniques

         Positive Reinforcement

Negative Reinforcement



Positive Punishment

Negative Punishment

2. Systematic Desensitization

3. Exposure Therapies

In Vivo Exposure

In Vivo Flooding

4. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

5. Social Skills Training

6. Self-Management Programs

7. Multimodal Therapy

8. Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Approaches



Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Question 9.9. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)This therapy was the first of the cognitive behavior therapies, and is considered the parent of today’s cognitive behavioral approaches.


Question 10.10. Describe Albert Ellis’s view of emotional disturbance. Be sure to address the three basic musts (or irrational beliefs) that he says we internalize.
Question 11.11. List and describe Ellis’s A-B-C framework (include the D and E).A =

B =

C =

D =

E =

Question 12.12. CBTDiscuss your impression of Albert Ellis as a therapist.

Question 13.13. CBTWhat techniques did Ellis use in the counseling session with Gloria? List all the techniques you observed.

Why do you believe he used each technique when he did? What was going on in the session that you believe prompted each technique?

Question 14.14. CBTAaron Beck’s work focused primarily on treating this disorder?


Question 15.15. CBTIn your own words, discuss your understanding of the differences between Beck’s Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Ellis’s Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Question 16.16. Cognitive therapy focuses on past problems, regardless of a client’s diagnosis.



Question 17.17. Cognitive therapists view Carl Rogers’s core therapeutic conditions as necessary and sufficient.



Question 18.18. List and describe the four skills that Beck introduces to clients to help treat those who suffer from depression.

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