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Volume 2, Issue 1 (1973)

Behavioral Consulting: Using Behavior Modification Procedures in the Consulting Relationship

pp. 25—30

The use of behavior modification procedures is not new. Many recent articles and books (Blackman & Silberman, 1971; Engelhardt, Sulzer & Altekruse, 1971; Farber & Mayer, 1972; Krumboltz & Thoresen, 1969; Skinner, 1968 ; Sulzer & Mayer, 1972 ; Whitley & Sulzer, 1970) have described how such procedures have been used to effect desirable student behavior changes. In several of these recent writings, counselors and school psychologists, or behavioral consultants consulted with teachers to help them become more aware of the effects that their behaviors and classroom environments were having on student behavior. The consultant also helped the teachers use behavioral information in formulating objectives and in selecting behavioral procedures to facilitate student learning and personal-social development. By so enhancing the teachers’ competencies in managing student behavior, the consultant sought to reduce the number of children needing counseling. Such consultation is both preventative and problem oriented. From the consultant, the teacher learns behavioral strategies and procedures which can be used not only for immediate problem situations but also to influence the behaviors of all her students.

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