Almost universally misconstrued as “breaking people down”, behavior modification is a much more sophisticated and well-researched conceptualization that B.F. Skinner developed at Harvard University. His main addition to then-common operant conditioning theory was the introduction of “reinforcement” and the appreciation for “successive approximation” when shaping behavior.
In this model, salaries and bonuses are attempts at behavior modification, as compliments and recognition may also be reinforcers for smoking cessation or public-speaking, etc.
Behavioral Tech is the name for the Linehan Institute of model of training. Treatment facilities and treatment teams have go through the stringent training to be listed in it. If a program is listed as a Behavioral Tech program and is listed in the “DBT Clinical Resource Directory (CRD)” at least one member who has completed either the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™ or the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training™ through Behavioral Tech (BTECH) or the University of Washington Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (UW BRTC). Only members who have completed training are listed. Listing is voluntary and does not include all persons who have been through BTECH or UW BRTC trainings. The CRD is a resource, not an endorsement, of DBT providers. Behavioral Tech, LLC does not certify DBT practitioners or programs, nor does it make specific referrals.
In addition to this resource list, you may wish to consult other resources including your doctor or other trusted professionals, your state's psychological or psychiatric association, local university psychology or psychiatry departments, or your local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Inquire into the credentials of any practitioner before choosing a therapist.” from http://behavioraltech.org/resources/crd.cfm
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Previously referred to as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is a “brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks”. (National Institute of Health) People with Bipolar Disorder often are unaware of the extreme thinking during the manic state, revelling in the feelings of grandeur, energy and purpose; it is important for observers to identify this behavior as falling drastically outside the person’s usual mood or behavior.
Although there are boarding schools for all ages around the globe, in the US, the majority of boarding schools serve high school aged students. Boarding Schools provide a diverse approach to traditional pedagogy, from Military Schools to Pre-Professional arts programs, to focusing on a type of learning disability or learning challenge, or have learning support programs.
Boarding schools, regardless of their size, are privately-funded socio-educational communities, where students live, attend school, and are expected to participate within the community. A distinguishing factor for boarding schools, in comparison with residential treatment schools, is that its students voluntarily attend school and are self-motivated and accountable for their education. If you are researching boarding schools for the middle school aged student, there is a distinct class of boarding schools called Junior Boarding Schools.
“Boot camps” are at-risk teen programs designed around the military approach for its primarily military style. The focus is on dissolving a teen’s individual focus with a new focus on their place within a (fighting) system. Boot camp programs for teenagers have been shown to be effective in short-term behavioral change, with incarcerated juvenile offenders, but the model’s efficacy requires continuing oversight.
Because All Kinds of Therapy intends to inform on private placement and parent-choice programs, does not recommend this approach to working with troubled teens or young adults. If you want to find a therapeutic, outdoor intervention, a completely different approach than the “boot camp” model, look at the wilderness therapy approach.
BPD is most easily distinguished for observers by the person’s inability to regulate their emotions, meaning relationships are fraught with excessive drama. “People with BPD often have intense and stormy relationships. Attitudes toward family, friends and loved ones may shift suddenly. Relationship problems are common and the behaviors are difficult for loved ones to manage effectively.” (National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder)
Repeated aggression, in the form of physical, verbal, and now electronic harassment, has deleterious effects on children’s physical health, sleep and eating patterns, academic success and sense of self. Communities, and parents, are beginning to interrupt the expectation that this is an acceptable rite of passage and many schools have impressive anti-bullying policy and enforcement.