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1. What was my overall reaction to the assigned reading? I really enjoyed this reading in Chapter 9. I related this reading to the work I do in my field practicum as it relates to the cognitive and moral development of human beings and human behaviors. As you already know, I work for Stella Maris, a drug and alcohol treatment facility. We talk a lot about cognitive development and the concerns we have with our clients as it relates to their disease of addiction. We need to know what changes in intellectual abilities, mental activities, and behaviors through which knowledge of the world is attained. This requires an understanding of us as counselors, to know what the variety of factors are including, biological, social, environmental,…show more content…
Cognitive therapy rests on the premise that cognitions are the major determinants of how we feel and act. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy: Cognitive Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy. Behavior Therapy helps the client to weaken the connections between troublesome situations and their habitual reactions to them. An example of this could be in breaking the addictive cycle present in drug use or dependency. It is helpful in dealing with reactions such as fear, depression, rage, and self-defeating and self-damaging behavior. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches how certain thinking patterns which are causing client symptoms can be mediated and it is helpful in that it gives clients insight as to how that distorted picture of what’s going on in your life makes you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions. When combined into CBT, both Cognitive Therapy and Behavioral Therapy provide social workers and clinicians with very powerful tools for stopping client’s symptoms and helping them to get their lives to get back on track. CBT requires that the client/patient receives a thorough workup at the beginning of treatment, and that the client’s needs and problems have been identified as well as possible. The client must have an explicit,

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