Case Study Writing Assignment
Assignment 1: Discussion—Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change
The stages of change model suggests that clients who are in the process of changing addictive behavior move through successive stages, from limited insight to maintenance of change. These stages will be presented by the client’s attitudes and behaviors. It is the job of the clinician to identify the correct stage and employ specific interventions for the treatment to be successful. Most clients opting for an assessment will likely be in the early stages of change.
The major tenets of motivational interviewing were designed to provide clinicians with tools to facilitate the change process in clients. Extensive research supports its effectiveness and it has become the standard in the past decade. These techniques are grounded in the client-centered approach rather than the confrontational approach to substance abuse treatment used in previous decades.
Use the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources to research motivational interviewing and the stages of change model.
Review the case study.
Respond to the following:
Explain factors for determining the client’s stage of change and identify which stage of change the client is in.
What two motivational interviewing techniques would be helpful in assessing substance abuse in this case? Give reasons and explanations.
Support your responses using your module readings and authoritative resources. Incorporate theory and factual information in your response.
Write your initial response in 2–3 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.
Due November 7, 2015
Respond to the following:
Explain factors for determining the client’s stage of change and identify which stage of
change the client is in.
The client’s stage of change can be determined by the client’s personality factors and lifestyle.
Controlling can help to help control the family to decrease the chances of exposure. Dependent
can help individuals make interactions that make the opposite person feel responsible.
Manipulative, deceitful, suspicious, paranoid, aggressive, passive, narcissistic, passive-
aggressive, sociopathic and seductive are the other personality and lifestyle factors that
determine the client’s stage of change (M3 A1 Module Lecture).
I believe the client is in the preparation stage because he is considering his situation seriously
and is ready to change. The client acknowledges the problems he is facing and the need to
change. This is the stage when the client can be motivated to plan a change and they may start
thinking of a treatment program or counseling because of the potential consequences of the
alcohol use pattern.