Cbt Case Conceptualization

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Case Write Up: The Case of Jesus Statement of Theoretical Model The following theoretical model is based upon Cognitive Behavioral Learning Theory. According to Persons (2008), there are 3 major learning theories, which includes Operant Conditioning, Respondent Conditioning, and Observational Learning. For this client, Operant Conditioning, or in a more general sense, Behavioral approach is the theoretical model used. The definition of Operant is a behavior that is controlled by the consequences of that behavior. In other words, behaviors are controlled by whatever follows the behavior. In relation to psychopathology, it is our operant behaviors that effect who we are and our environment around us. These are considered our consequences, which then react again back unto us as a result of our behaviors. The overall goal is to help the client make the necessary changes in their behavior which can then provide better meaning and coping skills for the future. As the clinician, you will assess the behavior of the client and then define the problem behaviorally. This will also include onset, frequency, and duration which will be later useful for diagnostic purposes (Berman, 2010). Once there is an understanding of the client behaviorally, then the clinician will then examine what is contributing to the repeated maladaptive behaviors. These things could include some type of reinforcement (positive or negative), or punishment. With reinforcement, this is a positive consequence which increases the frequency of behavior. Punishment is where the client receives consequences that they do not want, or something that they don’t want to be taken away (Berman, 2010). Based on this perception of consequences, one consequence to one behavior is not what leads to psychopathology. It is the client’s complete history of reinforcement and punishment that was given in order to
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