Unused Opportunities for Behaviour Therapy in Education

  • Henck P. J. G. van Bilsen


The mention of ‘education and behaviour therapy’ in the title of this chapter refers to an uneasy attempt to draw together two otherwise quite separate work fields. Or at least that is the case in the Netherlands, where behaviour therapy, as a practical application of behaviourism, is largely used to practise (psycho)therapy. Thus, training, professional recognition and behaviour therapy itself is largely aimed at psychotherapeutic settings. In companies, schools, prisons etc its principles hardly exist. Dutch education as a whole is anything but contaminated by the knowledge of behaviour therapy. Its use is minimal. Very rarely it is used to solve an isolated behaviour problem of a pupil (see Engelen and Krab’s summary in this compilation).


Autistic Child Behavior Analysis Apply Behavior Analysis Behaviour Instruction Good Behavior Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henck P. J. G. van Bilsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Pedologisch InstituutRotterdamThe Netherlands

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