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Target Behaviors/Treatment Goals

You have been working with a six-year-old female whose parents have recently divorce. She has developed behavioral problems in school. During a usual school day, she is placed in time out at least three times for hitting or kicking other children. The principal demanded that the child receive counseling in order to prevent these behaviors from occurring again. Besides the divorce, the child's grandmother recently died and was very close to the child. She asks to see her grandmother daily despite being told of the death. In your discussions with the child's parents and teacher, you further learn that she is struggling with the most basic academic work such as learning to read.

Given this scenario, what target behaviors need to be modified? What two treatment goals might you and the client write? What proposed plan of treatment would help the client to change the target behaviors?

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The target behavior that needs to be modified is the child's behavior that involves kicking and hitting. This type of aggressive behavior needs to be modified. Aggression can be operationalized as any physical contact that includes the pushing, kicking and biting of another person.

(2) What two treatment goals might you and the client write?

(a) To identify the behavior by getting the child to see that aggression is wrong

The goal of therapy is to identify the problem and move quickly into steps to change the irrational behavior. Thus, the therapist works with the client to identify the problem, and aids in changing his or her behavior (Archer & McCarthy, 2007). According to Archer and McCarthy, while the major goal is to identify the problem and work toward changing irrational thinking, a more general goal is to develop a philosophy of life that is more rational. Further, according to Keith (n. d.), research shows that children model aggressive behavior from TV, movies ...

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This solution provides a discussion on treatment goals for target behavior. It describes how to modify a treatment program that is not working.