processing change 

As The Inspire Programs team evaluates clients' mindsets and customizes the counseling programs accordingly, we refer to what's widely known as the transtheoretical model of behavior change. Carlo C. DiClemente and  J. O. Prochaska, two alcoholism researchers, developed it in 1977 based on observations of their clients and their readiness to change. When clients decide they are ready to make a change, these are the steps they take.

Change Stages

1. Precontemplation (not ready) - "No way! Not Now!"

2. Contemplation (getting ready) - "Well, maybe..."

3. Preparation (ready) - asks others: "Do I have a problem?"

4. Action (let's roll) - "I'm doing it."

5. Maintenance (steady) - "I've hung in there 6 months with no relapses."

6. Termination (success) - "I'm sure the temptation to revert to old patterns is gone."

Relapse is a possibility within this model, though the researchers did not list it as a stage since not everyone will relapse. Relapse is simply the act of a client falling back into old behaviors, resetting his/her goals, and returning to the Action or Maintenance stage.


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