Assignment 3: Research Paper
MSSW 601 Human Behavior in the Social Environment Section 12
Dr. Mary Brainerd
December 1, 2015
Behavioral Learning Theory and Person- Centered theory as it relates to some of the key concepts, founding fathers of each theory along with a comparison and contrast of the philosophical underpins will be examined. Relevant to this research, the setbacks and limitations will be added to the discussion. The quick overview of client Mr. M along with a discussion of the behavioral learning theory and person- centered theory will be applied to the holistic view of understanding the client. Mr. M. Mr. M's presenting issue will be measured alongside the theoretical approach of behavioral theory and will be studied. The debate of why these theories are relevant in the development of becoming a social worker will be explored as well as the impact these theories have on people of diverse races, ethnicities, ages, gender, religious orientation will be observed, as points of the topic in this research paper.
Behavioral Learning Theory
The Behavioral learning theory looks to examine objective change in behavior brought about by the result of life experience or practices. Psychologist John B. Watson developed the psychological school of behaviorism. He conducted research to examine the theory of learned behavior on three different facets; one being the animal behavior, two child rearing and three was advertising. One of Watson, most critically acclaimed quotes is "Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select -- doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggarman and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors" (John Watson, Behaviorism, 1930). With...