Behaviour therapy also known as behavioural therapy is used by psychologists and psychiatrists to modify a patient’s behaviour. In its basic principle, a patient is taught by rewards that acceptable behaviour is better than unacceptable behaviour, which may be punished by withholding a pleasure, or giving “time out” to the patient. It is a modification of the “carrot and stick” technique traditionally used with donkeys. One of the most successful models is that promoted by Triple P.
The behaviour therapy can be applied in ways that vary in their sophistication to children, intelligent adults, subnormal people, or to the confused elderly. It is vital that any reward be far more significant than the punishment.