westernsydney 101676 human learning self control programme

One of the aims of this assessment is to provide you with the opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate your own behaviour management strategy. A large part of the work of professional psychologists involves implementing programs to help others change their problematic behaviours. In order for you to gain an appreciation of how difficult it can be to modify someone’s behaviour, even when they want to modify it, you will be attempting to modify your own behaviour. You will begin by selecting a particular behaviour that you are seeking to change (eg. drinking coffee) and recording, over a period of time, the frequency with which the behaviour occurs. Having completed your baseline, you will implement a behaviour management strategy recording, once again, the frequency with which the behaviour occurs. A summary of the stages of your program is listed below. Step-by-Step Self-control Programme 1. Make a list of dissatisfactions in your life. These can be things you do too much of, e.g., drinking coffee, eating junk food, playing video games, social media use, or things you do too little of, e.g., exercise, eating vegetables, study, music practice, or meditation. Try to think of four or five because some will be more suitable for the assessment than others. 2. Can you determine the specific situations where the behaviour is problematic? Take two or three of the dissatisfactions noted in 1. and write a short analysis of each, in which your problem is linked to the situations in which it occurs. For example, you might drink too much coffee because you say “yes” each time someone asks you if you would like a grab a cup. Or, you might do too little study because as soon as you arrive home, you switch on the X-box. 3. Can you identify the short-term and the long-term consequences that influence your problematic behaviour and make it a problem of self-control? For example, having a coffee with a friend might be a pleasant social event but you might not sleep as well as a consequence. Whereas for studying sitting down on the sofa and playing “Call of Duty” may be much more immediately enjoyable than reading your textbook, but the long-term consequence of not studying may be that you don’t get the grade-average you need to get into Honours and get the qualification that you need to become a professional psychologist. 4. From the previous step can you write a behavioural analysis of a couple of the self-control problems that you noted in 2. That is, write down the events that act as antecedents for your problem behaviour, i.e., trigger it off, and the consequences that follow it and maintain it. As a result of this analysis, you should be able to specify your problem behaviour as a behaviour-in-a-situation that you wish to increase or decrease. This will be your target behaviour. 5. A couple of procedural points. First, because this assessment has to be completed in a relatively short period of time, you should choose something that occurs several times each day (or that you wish would occur several times each day.) Coffee drinking is a good example. If it tends to only occur once each day, it should be something that fluctuates in duration, e.g., studying. Second, choose something that is not central to your life and likely to be modified in a relatively short period of time. We advise you not b choose smoking because you might want to do this with the advice of a health

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