With today’s pressures of social media, the normally turbulent transition of the teenage years has become even more difficult. That’s why we are seeing alarming rises in teen suicide, depression, and simple loneliness. Teens often don’t have the coping skills and the decision-making ability to make good choices. The result can often be a downward spiraling situation that requires care beyond what a family is capable of providing.
At Monuments, we provide the facilities, expertise, and caring necessary to get teens back on track. One of our approaches to treatment is behavior modification therapy. Here’s some more about how that works at Monuments.
What is behavior modification?
The goal of behavior modification therapy is to replace or modify the self-sabotaging behaviors the teen has fallen into with more proactive, healthy behavioral patterns. Behavior modification is used most commonly with teenagers.
Most people credit the well-known American psychologist B.F. Skinner with developing behavior modification. It was his idea that behavior could be modified or changed through reinforcement — encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative behaviors.
What mental issues can behavior modification be used to treat?
- Bipolar disorder
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Reactive attachment disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Low self-image
We do it differently at Monuments
We see the problem with pure behavior modification as one of a student engaging in certain “positive” behaviors simply to avoid the negative implications of not doing so.
We think it is more important to develop relationships between the students and the staff so the behavior changes are made as a conscious choice rather than simply avoiding negative consequences. We believe this provides more effective changes for the student and the family moving forward when the student leaves our facilities and returns home. After all, the goal is long-term positive change in life, not short-term “good” behavior simply to avoid consequence.
Do have questions about how we help troubled teens at Monuments? Call us at (800) 599-1980 and let’s talk.