Empowerment

Process:

  1. Discovering inner strength, own voice, personal skills set
  2. Developing personal value, confidence, competence
  3. Recovery is self-directed, individualized, non-linear, holistic, strength based, respectful, responsible and hopeful
  4. Self-empowering recovery allows individuals to believe in themselves and take risks. Achieved through a strong foundation of positive attitudes, values and beliefs combined with good coping skills, supports and resources.

Building Blocks:

  1. Conversation  –  changing beliefs  (Pre and Contemplative)
  2. Choice     – trying new things         (Preparation and Action)
  3. Action   – developing confidence   (Maintenance)

SMART Goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Resources
  • Timely

Stages of Change:

Individual is unaware of problem, then becomes aware of problem, concerned about risky behaviours, acquires knowledge about the problems, motivated to act through pros and cons, ready to act on acquired skills, tries new behaviours, assess the efficacy of change and, if successful, sustains behavioral change.

Stage Help
Pre-Contemplation 

Ambivalence, hopelessness, no intention to change

 

Be supportive, listen, ask non-threatening questions, provide limited information

Contemplation 

Growing awareness, open to feedback, indecisiveness

 

Support feelings, ask open questions, weigh pros and cons

Preparation 

Intent to take action (0 – 3 months)

 

Show understanding and support, be encouraging, offer more information

Action 

In process of change, new behaviours consistently practiced, (3 – 6 months)

 

Highly supportive, encouraging and impressed by small steps, focusing on future

Maintenance 

Comfortable and confident with new behaviours (> 6 months)

 

Encouraging, identify working strategies, support feelings, look to future

Relapse 

Falls back into former stage

 

Highly supportive, talk about discrepancy, provide reassurance

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