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Step 4 (of 5)How a therapist would look at me if I wanted to change my poor eating habits....

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stages of Change: Action emoticon

Definition
The person is aware a problem exists
and actively modifies their behavior, experiences and environment in order to overcome the problem.
Commitment is clear and a great deal of effort is expended towards making changes. emoticon




Things to Consider
Action involves a sustained effort at making changes. This period usually lasts from one to six months. (Well---how about 50 years???)

Clients have made a plan and have begun implementing it. emoticon

Ambivalence and commitment are still issues. emoticon
Too often people do not go back and re-evaluate their change plan. emoticon
Where is it working? emoticon Where did it not? emoticon Is there a procedure for re-evaluating the plan? emoticon Has there been any planning for handling little slips? emoticon Recognize differing levels of readiness to change among issues and the recycling process in the Stages of Change


Therapist Tasks
Help increase client's self-efficacy by:
Focusing on successful activity emoticon
Reaffirming commitment emoticon
Making intrinsic attributions for success emoticon HUH?

Offer successful models with a variety of action options.

The therapist may be used more as a monitor than a change agent. emoticon emoticon


Strategies
This stage is familiar to most therapists and involves interventions they have experience in providing (e.g. skill building, group work, relapse prevention, active problem solving, counter-conditioning, stimulus control, contingency management).


Outcome
Clear changes in behavior are manifested and the risk of relapse diminishes emoticon as new behavior patterns replace the old problematic behavior.

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NANCYPAT1 3/27/2014 9:28PM

    Flexibility and change can really make a BIG difference.

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STITCH4EVER 3/27/2014 4:18PM

    I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT SPOT ON. I WOULD HATE TO THINK WHAT A THERAPIST WOULD THINK OF ME.

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JAZZEJR 3/27/2014 5:01AM

    Here I am, committed but can't get rid of the ambivalence (occasional bad eating, lapse in exercise) -- hmmm, looks as if I've been in this stage 3 years longer than I was supposed to be.

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APRILRUSSELL3 3/26/2014 10:17PM

    This is a really good series. Thank you for sharing.

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