Conducting a Private Practice in Behavior Therapy

  • Sheldon J. Kaplan
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


As indicated in Chapter 2, the mechanics for setting up and maintaining a behavior therapy private practice are not found in the research literature. Goldfried (1983) points out that the behavioral clinician’s work is not a science or an art but a craft. That is, there is a plethora of research articles validating clinical behavior therapy procedures. However, their application to the problems of individual clients is under less controlled conditions than in the research settings and is, certainly, less systematic at times (Swan & MacDonald, 1978). Although there is a technology of therapeutic change, the application of behavior techniques in private practice is best done by the professionally sensitive and experientially trained behavior therapist, that is, the skilled behavioral craftsman. Successful behavior therapy is, thus, largely the result of a clinician’s experience (Lubetkin, 1983; Wachtel, 1977) rather than the mere result of knowledge of the straightforward application of treatments of choice for specific problems. Beck, Rush, Shaw, and Emery (1979) caution the therapist in viewing behavior therapy as “gimmick oriented.”


Behavior Therapy Private Practice Homework Assignment Assigned Task Initial Session 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon J. Kaplan
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  1. 1.Private PracticeJacksonvilleUSA

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