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Sample Behavioral Contract

I am not quite sure how to go about making a "behavioral contract", what is the format? can you please give me some ideas on how to go about quitting smoking other than just quitting cold turkey, i have been trying to quit for years now with no success.

It is critical that your goal be measurable, attainable, positive, and significant to you.

Describe the goal as target behaviors. What specific behaviors do you want to increase or decrease?

â?¢ Choose a means of monitoring your progress, such as a chart or a behavioral diary.

â?¢ Write a contract that states all of the above points and specifies both internal and external consequences for actions in a realistic time frame, such as short-term rewards for adhering to the contract and a long-term reward for meeting the goals.

Parrott, Les III (2003). Counseling and Psychotherapy (2nd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Thomson/Brooks/Cole.


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Dear Student,
Hello. The sample contract below should get you started. I hope it helps. If you want to expand on the information provided, you can use the references listed. Good luck and & thank you for using Brainmass. A word version of this solution is attached as a word file.

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Behavioural Contract

What is a behavioural contract? A behaviour contract is an agreement that assesses and lays down expected behaviour to 'correct' attitudes and practices for the purpose of achieving a 'better' social situation with impact on health, well-being and social harmony. This is usually used by teachers in grade schools and high schools as a practical and inclusive way of improving student behaviour, attitudes and classroom harmony. It has been adopted for various purposes in organizations and groups outside of the classroom for the purpose of affecting change and ensuring a sense of social order or restoring some kind of balance. What does the contract do? In it, expected behaviours are listed, the negative and positive consequences of a particular behaviour is listed, a time-frame of behavioural correction is specified and review dates are listed to indicate goals and, when achieved, milestones in corrective changes. A contract is to be signed and is usually administered/monitored by counsellor, a therapy professional, a psychologist or a mental health practitioner. In schools, this is signed between students and teachers or school counsellors. In organizations this is signed between supervisors and employees or organization members and leaders. It is in this manner that the consequences are given particular weight for being that this contract is signed, punishments and sanctions can be imposed.

My Behaviour Contract: A Contract to Quit Smoking

A Realization

I have been trying to stop my addiction to smoking on and off over the years. Smoking has become an action synonymous to my everyday life as eating, sleeping and drinking. And, while I am aware of its negative effects to my health & the health of the people around me, it has become a habit that I am finding difficult to kick. It began as a rebellious act, one of risk-taking and one of 'coolness'; advertising notwithstanding, smoking symbolised the freedom to do so, being that I can choose to smoke and enjoy smoking if I wanted to when I first started the habit. It was trial and error first and then I got hooked as I am around smokers and their smoking reinforced my own choice to continue what became a habit. Soon, while I am aware that smoking has negative effects to my health, it became easier to rationalize my habit. Soon ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a sample 1,743-word behavioral contract that considers measurable, attainable, positive, and significant goals with the purpose of quitting smoking. Specific behaviors are targeted, a progress monitoring process is included in the design and internal and external consequences as well as rewards to adhering to the contract is enumerated to provide a clearer picture of the problem being tackled by the contract and its impact on the person taking it on.