Behavioral Interventions in Northern New Jersey
If you’re concerned about a loved one’s behavior, it may be time for an intervention with assistance from the professionals at Psycho-Educational Associates. Those living in Totowa, Little Falls Township, Woodland Park and the surrounding areas in New Jersey are urged to call us for assistance.
What is a Behavioral Intervention?
Behavioral interventions are used to address a variety of dysfunctional behaviors; you can benefit even if you have not been diagnosed with one. Medical professionals use behavioral therapy to help others modify self-destructive behaviors. Behavioral interventions also help treat anxiety and improve coping skills during stressful situations.
Typically in a school setting, a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) helps students to modify inappropriate behaviors. A BIP uses information acquired, at times from a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to develop a system of positive reinforcement, address specific negative behaviors, effect positive changes to the environment, as well as other needed supports. These interventions help the student avoid fatigue, frustration and acting out.
How Does Behavioral Intervention Benefit Quality of Life?
Generally, the condition being treated determines the benefits achieved. A few benefits that could be realized with behavioral intervention include:
- Improved social functioning
- A more peaceful temperament and fewer outbursts
- Better expression of emotion
- A reduction in self-harm incidents
- Enhanced ability to manage pain
- Improved functioning in different or unexpected circumstances
- Better awareness as to the need for medical assistance
What does Behavioral Intervention Treat?
Medical professionals, such as psychotherapists and psychiatrists, use behavioral intervention to treat these mood and anxiety disorders:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Social phobias
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
In addition to those mental illnesses, it can also treat:
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Personality disorders
What Techniques does Behavioral Intervention Use?
Behavioral treatment plans are customized to treat specific conditions. Some methods used are:
- Training in social functioning
- Role playing
- Instruction in coping methods
- Exercises that increase focus
- Journal entries
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing
- Rewards for positive behaviors
- Changes in fear, anger, or pain responses
Therapists help patients improve coping skills by having them think about personally frightening situations, and then helping them learn appropriate methods of managing those situations.
What Other Positive Supports are Included in Behavioral Intervention?
Comprehensive behavioral intervention plans provide lifestyle adjustments, behavioral consequences, teaching positive coping skills, and modification of environmental and contributing factors.
A behavioral intervention plan may include:
- Positive reinforcement for actions that are socially acceptable
- Teaching the child to replace bad behaviors with specific positive ones
- Educating the child on how to avoid situations that trigger the bad behavior
- Teaching greater understanding and awareness of emotions
- Elimination of negative environmental factors
- Training adults how to more effectively respond
- Identification of an adult who can contribute positive time at school
- Providing appropriate support for the child during stressful situations
If your loved one is suffering from problematic behavior, don’t delay seeking treatment. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide you with behavioral intervention assistance and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!