This training offers an overview of the Stages of Change model, developed by Prochaska, DeClemente, and Norcross. Although the Stages of Change are often associated with substance usage, the principles apply to any behavioral health issue. This training also addresses the complications substance use has on treatment adherence and overall wellness. This model explores the modification of addictive behavior involving the progression through five defined states: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Attendees receive a detailed explanation of each stage, interventions that best match where the person is at in the change process, and strategies to effectively respond to relapse. Strategies for working with resistance and denial, resolving ambivalence, building motivation for change, and preventing and managing relapse are presented.
Attendees will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to match their interventions to the level of awareness and motivation to change of the persons with whom they are working. This is a good precursor to Motivational Interviewing, which is an evidence base practice which uses the Stages of Change to determine intervention and interaction styles.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified
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