Institute For Cognitive Behavior Management

The ICBM is an institution designed to promote new skills for the practice of human services – educational, clinical, corrections and protective. The failures of human services, particularly for people with severe and persistent problems in living have been documented nationally for over forty years. Despite the fact that new human service technologies exist which are evidence based as more efficient and effective, they are not in common use.

Two major factors are novel in the ICBM. First, it is organized around a ‘cutting edge’, not a ‘state of the art’ technology. By ‘state of the art’, we mean the so-called ‘best practices’ that a human service field has to offer; the best level that the art of human service delivery system [not individuals or groups within the system] has been able to achieve. By ‘cutting edge’, we mean a technology that is still growing and developing and not in common use, although it is demonstrably improved over ‘best practices’. ‘Cutting edge’ technology may be used by individuals and groups who are seen as ‘pioneers’ of the next wave of improvement. Second, the technology is not one that is focused on one field of human service endeavor, but extends its usefulness across all systems including education, clinical, correctional and protective services as well as natural supports.

The purpose of the ICBM is to bring this cutting edge technology to becoming the state of the art in actual human service practice.

Vision: The Institute for Cognitive Behavior Management will become a program sought by lay people and professionals as a means of becoming certified in ‘cutting edge’ technologies.

Mission: The mission of the ICBM is to make cognitive behavior management what everyone believes is true.


The ICBM presently provides this new information [the difference that makes a difference – Bateson] through the website. The ICBM has developed protocols, techniques and procedures for addressing specific problems in living. Additionally, it has a complete introduction to behavior and positive approaches, and a cognitive addition to the Functional Behavior Analysis.


Unless specifically noted all materials are written by Jerome R. Gardner. As you will see by the size of the library contents, the materials are substantial. Since most of the writing was developed as think papers and not for publication, there will inevitably be some areas without proper citation. If you come across any, please notify the site manager and it will be rectified. Other than that, readers may use all materials. While I would prefer recognition, it is not necessary.