Theory & Books

Here you will find theoretical positive psychology articles, book summaries, and reviews that explain scientific concepts and findings in the field for the sake of understanding and mastering these topics.

Social Learning Theory

Applying Social Learning Theory in Social Work & Education

Many of us are familiar with the notorious Bobo Doll experiment by Bandura, Ross, and Ross (1961), but what does it have to do with [...]

Social Work Books

12 Social Work Books Every Practitioner Should Read

Social workers are tasked with helping survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence, violent crime, disaster, war, and terrorism (Bride, 2007). While this mission list appears [...]

Developmental psychology stages

Developmental Psychology 101: Theories, Stages, & Research

Developmental psychology looks at how we grow and change in our thoughts and behaviors. You can imagine how vast this field of psychology is if [...]

Social work methods

13 Social Work Methods & Interventions for Helping Others

As communities become increasingly fragmented and the influence of traditional frameworks (familial, religious, and political) lessens, the role of social workers becomes progressively more important [...]

Classical Conditioning

4 Fascinating Classical Conditioning & Behaviorism Studies

Can you think back to when you were in school and the bell rang for lunch? Did you experience a rumble in your stomach, even [...]

Classic Conditioning Theory

What Is Classical Conditioning Theory? 6 Real-Life Examples

Until the 1950s, behaviorism was the dominant school of thought in psychology. It attempted to explain behavior based on the effects of the environment and [...]

Social Learning Theory

What Is Bandura’s Social Learning Theory? 3 Examples

Albert Bandura’s social learning theory (SLT) suggests that we learn social behavior by observing and imitating the behavior of others. Bandura realized that direct reinforcement [...]

Social Work Training

Social Work Training: Top 25+ Courses & Online Degrees

The employment of social workers in the United States is projected to grow by 13% from 2019 to 2029 to meet the growing needs of [...]

Social work values

Social Work Skills: 35 Techniques to Be a Good Social Worker

Social work continues to develop and grow as a profession, often with new and increasing demands and skills to meet the needs of the most [...]

Social work theories

10 Fascinating Social Work Theories & Models

Professional social workers require detailed knowledge of social, mental, and interpersonal difficulties and the skills to work with the most vulnerable people in society. As [...]

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