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Describe one benefit of behavior therapy in the practice of mental health counseling.

Describe one deficit of behavior therapy in the practice of mental health counseling.

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Describe one benefit of behavior therapy in the practice of mental health counseling.

Operant conditioning is a form of behavior therapy developed by B.F. Skinner. . Skinner proposed the concept that behavior which is reinforced tends to be repeated while behavior which is not tends to stop. "Skinner believed that we do have such a thing as a mind, but that it is simply more productive to study observable behavior rather than internal mental events" (McLeod, 2007, para 3).

In the mental health treatment world, many therapists need to be concerned, not only with the presenting behaviors, but also with the potential thought processes that are going on within the ...

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A discussion regarding the benefits and deficits of behavior therapy in mental heath counseling including the example of Operant Conditioning. 367 words, 2 references.

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