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Am I Becoming a Narcissist?

Alice woke up crying. The reality of a previous night of fighting, slamming doors, and breaking plates came into full view. The house was a mess, her husband of eight years was gone, and she felt as broken as the plates. She could hardly recognize herself anymore. In the middle of the screaming last night,...

ABA

Shaping, Chaining, & Task Analysis with an Example from Everyday Life

Shaping, chaining, and task analysis are concepts identified in the behavioral science or behavioral psychology literature. They are commonly used within applied behavior analysis services.These concepts can also be used and observed in everyday life. What is Shaping? Shaping refers to the process of reinforcing closer and closer approximations to an end goal or skill. Shaping can be...



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Environmental Arrangement: Changing the Environment to Change Behavior

Although many clinicians focus on the child's or the client's behaviors and the behaviors of others that may reinforce appropriate or maladaptive behaviors in that individual, another strategy that can be used effectively for changing behaviors is known as environmental arrangement. Environmental Arrangement: Changing the Environment Can Change Behavior By using environmental arrangement, or making changes to the...

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Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

The phrase “toxic relationship” is thrown around quite a bit in popular media. But what really defines a toxic relationship? Toxic can be anything from an unhealthy to downright deadly. But it can be difficult when things are going well in a relationship to see some of the warning signs of toxicity. Frequently, what is...



Betrayal

Reimagining Grief and Loss

You would be hard pressed to find a mental health professional who hasn’t heard of Kübler Ross’ five (5) states of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. They provide a palatable...

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Should I Stay Or Go?

David wondered if it was time for his relationship with Stephanie to end. In the beginning, things were great, and he thought that he found the love of his life. She was charming, helpful, generous, and gentle. But as time passed, new problems emerged. The ease of their relationship was now tumultuous.The excitement and intensity...

Abuse

Common Myths Counselors Believe When Treating Clients with Conduct Disorders/Personality Disorders/Characterological Disorders/Abusive Tendencies (Part 1)

Following is a non-exhaustive list of false assumptions those in the counseling profession believe about how to treat people who are abusive towards others:Lead with the idea that abusers were abused themselves and are just another form of victim. (Truth: Abusers do not need sympathy, they need consequences and accountability. Even if they were...

Abuse

Common Myths Counselors Believe When Treating Clients with Conduct Disorders/Personality Disorders/Characterological Disorders/Abusive Tendencies (Part 2)

(For first half of this article, please see Part 1.)One thing an individual dealing with persons with character disorders should be aware of is his/her (the counselor’s) own tendency to be empathic, feel guilty, and take personal responsibility for problems that occur within the relationship.It is helpful to remember that an abusive person is...

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Defining Behavior: How to Appropriately Create an Operational Definition

Creating Operational Definitions Defining behavior is essential to effective instruction. Being able to define behavior helps make the learning process more likely to be successful. What is Behavior? Behavior is generally considered what someone does. Behavior includes what the person does that is observable and measurable. It is common to define behavior by identifying what actions the person has...

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Developmental Domains: Main Areas of Child Development and Learning

Understanding the primary areas of child development and learning can help you to identify a child's strengths and areas in which they could further develop skills. Using Formal Assessments to Explore Developmental Domains There are a variety of ways to identify areas of strengths and areas of potential growth for children. For instance, a formal assessment might cover...

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Tips for Selecting Treatment Goals for Children

When working with children or families in a treatment setting, there are some important things to consider when developing goals for the client.Before selecting goals, it is important to do a thorough assessment of the child's current level of functioning. This can be completed in a variety of ways. Formal assessment tools, observations, interviews with relevant...

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Overcoming Social Anxiety

Definition:Social anxiety disorder is also known as social phobia; it is a disorder involving discomfort in social situations, where a person feels a fear of being embarrassed and judged by others.  The anxiety can lead to isolation which can contribute to further deterioration of social skills and confidence, thus reinforcing the existing social anxiety (Porter,...



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Why Won’t My Kid Stop Playing Video Games?

After the third attempt to get her 9-year-old son to stop playing his video game and do his homework, Kelly angrily walked over to him, unplugged the device, and yelled. Her son yelled back and went into a rage all about how she ruined his game, embarrassed him in front of his friends, and was...