Report on Behavioral Tool

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Report on Behavioral Tool

Monique Cone, Sheree Uwakwe, Michele Lelle, Lynda Anthony


March 8, 2010

Susan Sandmann


Report on Behavioral Tool

The goal of therapy is to extinguish the client's negative behavior and introduce a positive one. In order to accomplish this, the therapist must choose an appropriate behavioral tool that will work the best with their client. In the Dictionary of Behavior Therapy Techniques, over 150 techniques are recorded (Parrott, 2003). Choosing the appropriate one for the client that will allow the therapist to measure the success of the client is crucial. This paper will detail the importance of relaxation therapy in troubled teens.

The relaxation technique allows the therapist to teach their client a skill without using any special equipment. The therapist is also able to change the type of relaxation used to conform to the individual needs of the client.

After meeting with the client and discussing their needs the therapist can choose from progressive muscle, guided imagery, or controlled breathing relaxation (Carney, 2009). Progressive muscle relaxation works best when the client is reclined or lying flat. The teen focuses on one muscle at a time starting at their toes. Each muscle is tightened for five to ten seconds, and then released. This exercise teaches the teen which part of their body is tense, and will teach them to relax and control their body in stressful situations.

Another relaxation technique is guided imagery. This form requires the teen to know what image, or location eases their stress. Teens using this technique will use their five senses. Taping the description of the location on tape will relax the client when they are stressed. The therapist will guide the client to include descriptive words describing the way it...