Stages of Change: Action
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.
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.
Ambivalence and commitment are still issues.
Too often people do not go back and re-evaluate their change plan.
Where is it working?
Where did it not?
Is there a procedure for re-evaluating the plan?
Has there been any planning for handling little slips?
Recognize differing levels of readiness to change among issues and the recycling process in the Stages of Change
Help increase client's self-efficacy by:
• Focusing on successful activity
• Reaffirming commitment
• Making intrinsic attributions for success
Offer successful models with a variety of action options.
The therapist may be used more as a monitor than a change agent.
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).
Clear changes in behavior are manifested and the risk of relapse diminishes
as new behavior patterns replace the old problematic behavior.