Client Assessment Engagement and Brief Interventions

Introduction
The Trans theoretical, stages of change, and motivational interviewing models address the client’s motivation to change and match the therapeutic strategies that present the best opportunity for change. One of the advantages of this model is that the assessment process includes identifying the client’s readiness to make changes. Sometimes clinicians and other professionals can take an approach in which all clients are viewed the same. If we use the same treatment strategy with a very resistant client as we do with a highly motivated client, it is likely that we will be ineffective with at least one of them.
Brief interventions are generally defined as no more than 25 sessions, and have become increasingly utilized. Most clients will not remain in therapy for even this long, so it is important for each mental health counselor to focus on facilitating change in the short term.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories related to addiction treatment.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretically based treatment approaches.
3. Discuss continuum of care as related to theoretically based treatment.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of recent and relevant literature related to providing treatment to diverse populations.

Studies Readings
Use the Internet to complete the following:
o Read “Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
o Review the Motivational Interviewing Web site for information on how to improve treatment outcomes for clients with substance use disorders.
o Take time to thoroughly review the following. You should use this information to incorporate into upcoming discussions and assignments:
 Project MATCH: A Study of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches. This research project is available from Hazelden’s Research Updates page, under the Outcomes category.
 “Staff Stress Affects Patients’ Engagement in Therapy,” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Several factors contribute to treatment professionals’ stress and burnout, including how much influence they feel they have in their organization and their caseload. Surprisingly, a NIDA-supported study found that the link between staff stress and burnout was weaker in programs with higher patient caseloads than those with lower caseloads. In addition, program administrators can help counselors reduce their stress by giving them a voice in organizational policies and procedures.

Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing
The following guidelines apply to all discussions throughout this course:
It is much more important to write clearly and concisely rather than lengthily. Remember that the requirement for each discussion is that you write approximately 250 words. Each discussion post should include a minimum of two citations and two references.
For this discussion:
Detail the advantages and disadvantages of using the stages of change or motivational interviewing model in treatment of AOD problems. Address the importance of client engagement in effectively implementing a motivational interviewing approach. Please cite a minimum of two resources published within the last three years to substantiate your opinions.

 

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Client Assessment Engagement and Brief Interventions

Client Assessment Engagement and Brief Interventions

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Introduction
The Trans theoretical, stages of change, and motivational interviewing models address the client’s motivation to change and match the therapeutic strategies that present the best opportunity for change. One of the advantages of this model is that the assessment process includes identifying the client’s readiness to make changes. Sometimes clinicians and other professionals can take an approach in which all clients are viewed the same. If we use the same treatment strategy with a very resistant client as we do with a highly motivated client, it is likely that we will be ineffective with at least one of them.
Brief interventions are generally defined as no more than 25 sessions, and have become increasingly utilized. Most clients will not remain in therapy for even this long, so it is important for each mental health counselor to focus on facilitating change in the short term.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories related to addiction treatment.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretically based treatment approaches.
3. Discuss continuum of care as related to theoretically based treatment.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of recent and relevant literature related to providing treatment to diverse populations.

Client Assessment Engagement and Brief Interventions

Studies Readings
Use the Internet to complete the following:
o Read “Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
o Review the Motivational Interviewing Web site for information on how to improve treatment outcomes for clients with substance use disorders.
o Take time to thoroughly review the following. You should use this information to incorporate into upcoming discussions and assignments:
 Project MATCH: A Study of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches. This research project is available from Hazelden’s Research Updates page, under the Outcomes category.
 “Staff Stress Affects Patients’ Engagement in Therapy,” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Several factors contribute to treatment professionals’ stress and burnout, including how much influence they feel they have in their organization and their caseload. Surprisingly, a NIDA-supported study found that the link between staff stress and burnout was weaker in programs with higher patient caseloads than those with lower caseloads. In addition, program administrators can help counselors reduce their stress by giving them a voice in organizational policies and procedures.

Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing
The following guidelines apply to all discussions throughout this course:
It is much more important to write clearly and concisely rather than lengthily. Remember that the requirement for each discussion is that you write approximately 250 words. Each discussion post should include a minimum of two citations and two references.
For this discussion:
Detail the advantages and disadvantages of using the stages of change or motivational interviewing model in treatment of AOD problems. Address the importance of client engagement in effectively implementing a motivational interviewing approach. Please cite a minimum of two resources published within the last three years to substantiate your opinions.