Behavior theory is an EVT (empirically validated treatment) treatment approach.  Many studies have proven this theory highly successful.  It derives from a basic concept that behavior is a result of the conditions that surround us.  All behavior has consequences either positive or negative.  Through repetition of the same actions within the family or school environment these actions become the norm, and parents often feel “stuck.”  Children can act out in negative ways, such as being aggressive or hostile toward others. These negative actions may derive from a negative environment (being yelled at, bullied at school) in which your child lives (home, school or community settings).

Behavior therapy works to modify the child or youths oppositional behaviors through pairing something the child likes with something he or she may not like.  To illustrate, if a child is praised every time he or she brushes their teeth with a sticker, this increases the brushing of teeth.  Or, your adolescent may be allowed to go to a party if they make a certain grade point average at school.  As the family collaborates with the counselor and child or youth, patterns and conditions responding to positive and negative behaviors are taught. A behavioral approach produces results by focusing on the goals you have set for your child.

Conversely, opposition or aggressiveness may be a result of child abuse or trauma.  Behavior therapy assumes that what provoked the negative behavior (acting out) may not be what is keeping it in place. To illustrate, if a child was sexually abused they may begin yelling at their parents in response to that trauma.  However, they may continue to yell due to the child being bullied at school. Through the assessment and therapeutic process with your counselor you can discover what may have been the initial action that provoked their behavior and what is currently happening in their environment to maintenance their opposition.

At CFCCC we consider you the parent the expert on your child.  Without you treatment takes longer and can be more costly.  Working together produces greater long lasting results and more affordable mental health treatment.