Although many people know classical conditioning in terms of Pavlov’s dogs, classical conditioning isn’t just for the lab, we often see it every day! For example, marketing campaigns that associate a product with a celebrity are using classical conditioning. Another example is when our pets come running at the sight or sound of us getting their meal ready. Classical conditioning is also important in therapy, where a negative, aversive stimulus, such as nausea can be applied to facilitate smoking cessation. It’s also the basis of the most effective treatment for specific phobia.

For this Assignment, you will write a 2-4 page essay that describes how you would apply classical conditioning to modify behavior. You will use systematic desensitization to rid your client of a specific phobia.

Briefly describe your client, identify the specific phobia and the criteria (use DSM 5) that indicate they do have a phobia.
Discuss the concept of reciprocal inhibition and how it can be useful in the treatment of anxiety. Explain how you would facilitate this process with your client.
Create a detailed fear hierarchy of your client’s phobia-related stimuli and discuss how you developed it.
Describe how you would take your client through systematic desensitization.
Discuss the best way for your client to remain phobia-free.
This paper should be between 2-4 pages in length. A minimum of three resources should be used for the Assignment. The paper should:

Follow Assignment directions.
Use correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, current Ed.
Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.
Be written in Standard English and be clear, specific, and error-free.

 

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