Behavioral Consultation

Contemporary Research and Emerging Challenges

Authored by: Brian K. Martens , Florence D. DiGennaro Reed , Jennifer D. Magnuson

Handbook of Research in School Consultation

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415501200
eBook ISBN: 9780203133170
Adobe ISBN: 9781136478444


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The behavioral consultation (BC) model was originally developed by John R. Bergan (1977) as an extension of D’Zurilla and Goldfried’s (1971) problem-solving approach to behavior therapy and early attempts to apply behavior modification in residential schools and treatment centers (e.g., Reppucci & Saunders, 1974). With respect to the former influence on BC, D’Zurilla and Goldfried characterized problem solving and behavior modification as sharing similar goals: namely, training individuals to perform behaviors that can be used across situations to increase positive and avoid negative consequences. Toward these goals, the authors described a general problem-solving process to help individuals identify potentially effective solutions through problem definition and brainstorming, and to select the best solution through problem analysis and evaluation of outcomes.

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