This training guide summary is intended for child welfare professionals who are working with families that have drug and alcohol problems. The training module incorporates different theories and techniques that have been used by social workers, and that have been found to be effective – especially among low-income female addicts involved with the child welfare system.
In the pre-contemplation stage, the worker's main tasks are to engage the person, increase his or her belief that change is possible, address safety concerns, provide needed services in areas besides alcohol and drugs, affirm the individual's strengths and capacity, and to raise awareness of the problem.
Stages of Change: Contemplation
In this stage, a client is aware of the problem, but in a state of ambivalence. It’s up to the worker to help tip the balance in favor of change.
Stages of Change: Preparation
Now, the client is ready for change and the worker’s role is to provide an acceptable, appropriate, and effective change strategy.
Stages of Change: Action
Once a client is in the action stage, he or she is ready to engage in new behavior to eliminate the drug or alcohol problem in incremental steps.
Stages of Change: Maintenance
In the crucial maintenance phase, workers support sustainable self-efficacy.
Statements & Quotations
Rather than seeing people as either having motivation toward positive change or not having it, we prefer to talk about a continuum of motivation.
The worker’s role is to help tip the balance in favor of change, to evoke reasons to change and the risks of not changing.
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