Woman: I do something similar when I want to change the way the
family members view the "problem" child. In a family session I'll say to
the child "Don't stop getting into trouble. You're doing something
really important with this behavior. Until you get the attention of these
fools, or until you find a better way to get their attention, you keep on
doing what you're doing."
Excellent. There are actually two reframes in that intervention: 1)
describing the problem behavior as a useful way to get attention, and 2)
characterizing the symptomatic problem behavior as being under conscious
control. That can be very useful.