Differentially Reinforcing Adaptive Behaviour: a simple piece of jargon that can make or break therapy

1 module


Dr William Davies



In this distance learning module from the APT, we talk about the practice of differentially reinforcing adaptive behaviour, so your patients are encouraged to do more of what is helping them, and less of what isn't. Highlighted in DBT but relevant and effective in virtually every form of therapy, we look at why it works so well and what pot-holes there are to avoid; effectively we focus on how to 'water the flowers and not the weeds'.

This module is part of the exciting Higher Order Therapy series of one hour modules. Each consists of an audio lasting 15-30 minutes, plus an exercise and resources for you to you use and practice with afterwards. The series is so named because it features all the 'higher order' factors that make therapy successful. If you examine the leading therapies they overlap to a fascinating degree, so by studying all the overlapping elements and then 'picking off' the elements that are unique to each particular therapy you achieve an extraordinary power and breadth in your ability to help others. And this is what the Higher Order Therapy series enables you to do. 

If you are an experienced therapist looking at the Higher Order Therapy modules you will quickly be able to see the ones you are proficient at and the ones you maybe need to brush up on, and that's exactly what you can do here. 

Every module in the Higher Order Therapy series is designed to be accessible, relevant and engaging, so encouraging both novice and expert therapists alike to develop exactly those elements they want to.

Finally, don't be misled by the price; you may feel that the low price suggests these are not serious modules whereas in fact they very much are. The APT's purpose is to make the best, most relevant and engaging training accessible to as many mental health professionals as possible.



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By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate 1 hour CPD

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Differentially Reinforcing Adaptive Behaviour
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Added 10 months ago, by Marc
Great course. Worth the time to sit, listen and reflect. Thank you
Added over 1 year ago, by Nadelle
Such a simple concept but I imagine very effective. It was explained wonderfully and the resources are a good reminder and help to put the strategy into practice. I'm looking forward to giving it a go!
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Informative piece which clearly provides how to reinforce adaptive behaviour and avoid reinforcing maladaptive behaviour.
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
lovely training
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Very useful
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Succinct talk on watering flowers, not weeds
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
Added almost 4 years ago, by SARAH
Added almost 4 years ago, by Carrie

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