Some online resources that provide templates for behavioral treatment or care plans include Vanderbilt Health and Public Schools of North Carolina, according to their respective websites. Mental health providers create behavioral treatment plans for their patients in order to help them change behaviors that are negatively impacting their lives. The theory behind this is that when people engaging in healthy behaviors and social engagement, their mental and emotional health improves as a result, according to PsychCentral.
The first step in initiating a behavioral treatment plan is to identity the patients' main problems and needs and their desired treatment outcomes, explains Vanderbilt Health. Then the care team comes up with realistic treatment goals that are time-specific. For example, for people in inpatient facilities, treatment goals should be reasonable to complete before discharge. If possible, significant others and family members should be included in the treatment plan. The purpose of the behavioral treatment plan is to provide a way to measure patients' progress and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
Behavioral intervention plans are also used in schools to help children learn to change negative behaviors, reports Public Schools of North Carolina. Plans should identify the function of the problematic behavior, change the environment for the child if necessary, remove emotional triggers for the behavior. Treatment teams should base their interventions on helping children learn new positive that serve the same function as the problematic behavior.