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"What shaped a lot of my clinical training wasn't so much an advice, but a conversation in a coffee break room with one of my practicum supervisors, Al Gurman. There was an article in a local newspaper about a student who has been in college for 10 years and has taken all of the courses offered by the college, so they were starting to push him to graduate. Al Gurman read it and said out loud something along the lines, "What I want to know is why? Why does he do it?" From this and Al's supervision style, I learned that for every behavior there is a why, or a purpose, something that is reinforcing it, or otherwise, the person would stop doing it. So, I always wonder what is the benefit even for behaviors that seem to be overall so destructive, or just counterproductive."

Contributor: Snezana Urosevic



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