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When is a Behavioural Therapist not a Behavioural Therapist?

  • T. W. Butt (a1) and Z. V. Sedlak (a2)

A major stimulus to our paper has been our recent observation of Dr. Vic Meyer at a behavioural workshop. We are concerned therefore with the types of clinical problems which are presented by self-referred “neurotic”, primarily out-patient population. Dr. Meyer particularly excites our interest, since he is a clinician in the instigative mould which we favour. Furthermore he seems to have overcome, for himself at least, the problems we wish to discuss. We are uncomfortable with his claim, however, that he has done so by a rigid adherence to the sort of S-R behaviourist psychology that we can find in textbooks such as Kimble (1967) and other basic learning texts. We feel it to be important to spell out those areas where the term “behavioural” is ascribed to procedures which do not owe their origin to behaviour therapy and is used in some way to authorise and to furnish a rather empty post hoc description of them.

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