Cognitive Theory- Behavior Plan


Resources: University of Phoenix Material: Individual Case Studies, University of Phoenix Material: Behavior Plan Template, and the ?Effective Treatment for Addicted Criminal Justice Clients? article located on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.
Use the ?Effective Treatment for Addicted Criminal Justice Clients? article as a sample for how to write a behavior plan. The ?Case Study? section near the end of the article provides a good example of a behavior plan.
Select a different case study than you used in Week Two from the University of Phoenix Material: Individual Case Studies:
Case One: Violet
Case Two: Max
Case Three: Onur
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Behavior Plan Template based on your selected cognitive theory for your selected case-study patient?Violet, Max, or Onur.
Incorporate one peer-reviewed research study as justification for the theory you used in your plan.

Sample paper

Cognitive Theory- Behavior Plan

Cognitive Theory Template

Client Identifying Information

List all pertinent and known identifying information.

Name Onur Age 25
Gender Male Religion Not Specified

Describe all pertinent and known history.

Medical From the information provided, the client has had no medical issue in the past. However, he is a chronic liar and he had a drinking problem.
Family The client had a difficult childhood and teenage hood due to the fact that he could get away with anything. He was charged with theft at the age of 15 and he used to steal from his parents and grandparents which made it hard for them to trust him. When he was younger, he ran away from home at least three times.
Substance Abuse Onur has confessed that he was involved in underage drinking and stealing for quite a long time.
Developmental and Social Due to his ability to lie and get away with things, he has manipulated people for quite a long time. Since the first time he was charged for theft at 15, this behavior has persisted to the point where he has stolen 3 million dollars and he is not remorseful for it (Weiner, Silberman, Glowacki, & Folks, 1997).
Course of Treatment

List two target behaviors and two interventions.

Target Behaviors 1.      Onur should observe the ethical code of ethics in is job. 2.      Onur should stop lying and stealing.
Frequency and Duration of Target Behaviors 1.      Onur should respect his job and develop a career plan so that he can always have a job. 2.      Onur should always be honest and trustworthy in his job at all times.
Severity and Number of Relapses 1.      If Onur’s character affects his job in less than a year, an action should be taken against him. 2.      If Onur lies to his customers or fellow employees in his works place as a scheme to embezzle their money in less than a year, an action should be taken.
Interventions 1.      Onur together with a representative from his employer should report to the criminal justice offices to affirm that he has reformed. In addition, he should always present a certificate of good conduct to his employer to prove that he has not been charged of anything every six months. 2.      Onur should consider attending therapy sessions to completely get rid of his drinking problem and adopt a positive behavior.
Goals and Objectives

List two long-term goals, two short-term goals, and one objective to work towards each goal.

Long-Term Goal         i.            Help Onur understand the long term impact of stealing and lying on his career.

ii.            Help Onur realize the importance of being honest and trustworthy.

Short-Term Goal         i.            Onur should stop drinking.

ii.            He should develop a career plan so that he can take his job seriously.

iii.            He should come clean and give details of his deeds in the past.

Objectives         i.            Onur should not use his job as a means to embezzle funds.

ii.            He should undergo a treatment method that involves behavioral modification strategies.

iii.            Counseling sessions should be incorporated in his therapy program to ensure that guilt does not overwhelm him.

iv.            Onur should respect his job and aspire to do it diligently and faithfully.

v.            Onur’s employer should apply punishment and reinforcement to ensure that he reforms completely.

vi.            Onur should understand that there are values and beliefs that shape the society and a good moral standing is expected of him.

vii.            Onur should be reunited with his family and past matters resolved so that they can move forward.

Discharge and Termination Plans

Describe the discharge and termination plan for the client.

Discharge Plan Onur should understand that a career plan will help him advance in his career. He should always observe the professional code of ethics in his job at all times.  In addition, a professional relationship should be maintained with his customers and he should never take advantage of them in order to steal. He should only have conversations with his case managers that help him get better but not issue threats. Onur should only be discharged if it is ascertained that he has completely reformed based on the goals and objectives of his treatment program. After release, he should undergo regular checkups for the next two years to ensure he does not relapse
Termination Plan If Onur steals or schemes to steal in the course of his work, punishment should be continued. If he does not show remorse for his actions and does not show any positive changes after several sessions, his treatment program should be terminated.



Weiner, H., Silberman, A., Glowacki, P., & Folks, W. (1997). Effective Treatment for Addicted Criminal Justice Clients. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 15(4), 1-15.

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