Building Strengths and Skills: A Collaborative Approach to by Jacqueline Corcoran

By Jacqueline Corcoran

This can be a much-needed perform ebook that demonstrates how supporting pros can emphasize their consumers' resilience, energy, and capacities, instead of targeting pathology or deficits. It deals an integrative perform version for either review and intervention that interweaves strengths-based (specifically solution-focused treatment and motivational interviewing) and skills-building (cognitive-behavioral) methods. within the strengths-and-skills-based version, assisting execs suppose that consumers own the mandatory capacities to resolve their very own difficulties, reworking the healing courting right into a collaboration considering bolstering motivation and assets for swap. while those assets are exhausted or while deficits develop into a considerable barrier, then practitioner and consumer paintings to increase an individualized skills-building plan. a variety of examples, written by way of Jacqueline Corcoran with specialists from diversified fields of perform, essentially reveal how the version may be utilized to members and households suffering from habit difficulties, melancholy, substance abuse, anxiousness, violence, and abuse, in order that either strengths and abilities maximize the client's luck. This leading edge, dynamic source is a must-have for practitioners around the assisting, social provider, and psychological health and wellbeing professions.

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Contemplation In contemplation, individuals begin to consider that there is a problem, and they also begin to consider the feasibility and costs of changing the behavior. They want to understand their behavior and frequently feel distress over it. During this stage, individuals think about making change within the next 6 months. , 2001). The practitioner’s role during this stage is to continue to enhance the client’s motivation and to educate him or her on aspects of the disorder and the recovery process.

Consistent and immediate reinforcement produces change most rapidly. Thoughts and feelings are also considered behaviors subject to reinforcement principles. All behavior is influenced by the same principles of learning, which include classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and modeling. In short, behaviors change when the reinforcements in the person’s environment change. Reinforcement can be understood as any environmental feedback that encourages the continuation of a behavior, and punishment is feedback that discourages the continuation of a behavior.

These are briefly summarized here. Simple reflection acknowledges a client’s feeling, thought, or opinion so that the client continues to explore his or her problem rather than becoming defensive (“You’re not sure you’re ready to spend a lot of time changing right now”) (Carroll, 1998). Simple reflection allows further exploration rather than evoking defensiveness. Amplified reflection goes beyond simple reflection in that the client’s statement is acknowledged—but in an extreme fashion. The purpose of such a statement is to bring out the side of the client that wants to change.

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