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Adolescents

Informed Consent: An Ongoing Process for Focused Care

Informed consent is a foundation for good clinical practice and can provide legal protection. But informed consent is more than defensive medicine. It is a vehicle for framing good care.How often do people use the consent process? Malpractice companies recommend that the patient (or parent) sign consent whenever a medication is started....

Abuse

Combating Your Inner Critic

Adapted from:  Pete Walker’s book “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving”Do you struggle with a constant, nagging  Inner Critic?  Is there a negative voice inside your head reminding you all the times  you supposedly did wrong?According to Pete Walker:“A flashback-inducing critic is typically spawned in a danger-ridden childhood home. This is true whether the danger...



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13 Types of Relationship Affairs

What is an affair? It is a sexual encounter, romantic comrade, or obsessive attachment between two people without a significant other’s knowledge. It can come in many forms but all of them have the underlying issue of a betrayal of trust, unfaithfulness to a commitment, and infidelity of the relationship. Sometimes it destroys the initial...

Relational Frame Theory and ABA Practice

Denis O'hora and Kristen Maglieri published an article on goal statements and goal-directed behavior in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.Their abstract is the following:Goal setting has consistently been shown...



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Narcissistic Rescuers: Beware of the Backlash

The narcissist appears at the optimal time. A grieving family is destroyed over the death of a parent and is in desperate need of emotional stability. A spouse is torn apart by divorce and is starved for normal amounts of positive attention. A friend is destroyed by the betrayal of another and is craving a...

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Marketing Your Applied Behavior Analysis Practice

The BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts has multiple statements about advertising - or marketing - as it relates to behavior analysis services.For instance, section : Public Statements, addresses the following topics:Avoiding False or Deceptive Statements Intellectual Property Statements by Others Media Presentations and Media-Based Services ...

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Why Old Abuse is Triggered

Anne was a successful competitive swimmer growing up but abruptly gave it up in high school. Her explanation for abandoning the sport she loved was strange, yet her family and friends accepted the dramatic shift in interests. She said she never looked back. Now, however, as a wife and mother, Anne was suddenly struck with...

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How Do Deceptive People Get Away with It?

David was the charismatic leader of a large not-for-profit organization which gave aid and care for the homeless. Over the past ten years, his organization, under his energetic leadership, grew substantially as donations increased, new shelters were formed, and thousands of people were assisted. On the surface, things seemed to above board and working well....

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What is Group Psychological Abuse?

It all begins with a group of people. This group is very tight such as found in could be a gang, work environment, cult, religious organization, political party, sorority/fraternity, or really any organized group or close family unit. There is a leader, usually set at a higher level then its members and some type of...

ABA

11 Social Skills for Teens with ASD

It can sometimes be difficult to identify which types of social skills to help youth with autism spectrum disorder to develop. When selecting social skills to target in intervention (such as in ABA services), it is important to consider what is in the best interest of the client. Instead of considering how to make the client...

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How to Reduce Pre-Hurricane Stress (PHS)

As Hurricane Dorian heads for the Florida shore with an anticipated category 4 center winds of 130-156 miles per hour, anxiety builds in residents. Forecasting the track of the storm is unfortunately not an exact science which only adds to the increased pressure in the air. The whole state is on alert, waiting to see...



ABA

History of behavioral parent training

Behaviorally based parent training has a long history. Parenting interventions have formally been used since the 1970s. However, the principles that have shaped behavioral parent training have been developed since the early 20th century. Identification of behavior management strategies and parent involvement In the early 1920s, behavior modification techniques became more well-known. At the same time, researchers who...