Training Undergraduates in Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Community Psychology

Leonard A. Jason


A class of undergraduates, enrolled in a psychology internship program, were provided training in behavior therapy and behavioral community psychology. At the beginning of the quarter, each undergraduate selected and operationally defined a behavior to chart and ultimately modify (e.g., studying, weight control, etc.). After the undergraduates had collected baseline data and implemented interventions on their self-control projects, they began gathering data on a community problem (e.g., vandalism, environmental hazards, litter, energy waste). The projects provided the undergraduates a real-life experience for understanding the process of effecting behavior change at the individual and community levels. Of most importance was the opportunity provided the undergraduates for exploring an alternative conceptual model, the community psychology approach, for extending mental health services.

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