Mary Egan

I am an Irish Trainee Clinical Psychologist. I am particularly interested in the area of attachment and different approaches to formulation. I am also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Throughout my clinical experience a key role has been teaching and developing others, both within and outside of the profession. I believe that through this process we can create systemic and lasting change. In my blog entries I hope to continue to demonstrate how fascinating and broad the realm of psychology is. I love reading, and will also be looking at various books from a psychological perspective.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This in the sixth in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 1. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? OCD is the reoccurrence of intrusive thoughts combined with compulsive behaviours to reduce the anxiety experienced by such thoughts. For example, excessive hand washing due …

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 3

This is the third and last blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In this post I will discuss antecedent-based interventions. In my previous post of this series I discussed differential reinforcement strategies. You can read the second post of this series by clicking here. Antecedent-based strategies are used to reduce …

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 2

This is the second blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In my previous post I discussed the principles of reinforcement, extinction and punishment. You can read the first post of this series by clicking here. All techniques in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are based on these three principles. One of …

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 1

This is the first blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) has become a well-known system of supporting individuals, particularly those with diagnoses of learning disabilities, autism, or dementia. This system was developed from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which uses behavioural principles to increase or decrease behaviours. …

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