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Addictions and Treatment

Addictions and Treatment

A Summary of Bruce Larson’s (1999) Lecture The Disease of Addiction: Symptoms & Phases Summary by Danny Pettry Source: The Disease of Addiction: Symptoms & Phases [Motion picture]. (1999). United States: Hazelden. Larson (1999) argues that addiction is not a...
Smiling cheers you up

Smiling cheers you up

Cognitive behavior therapist teach a connection between our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) provided by trained professionals is an evidenced-based practice for treating depression and anxiety. Example: 1: Unhealthy thought: I’m no...
Don’t ask why questions to patients and clients

Don’t ask why questions to patients and clients

You can ask yourself: Why do I do what I do (to motivate yourself). However, it is best to avoid asking clients/ patients Why-based questions. These types of questions automatically put people on a defensive approach.   In example: Why did you act out? Why didn’t...
The most motivational word is…

The most motivational word is…

Do you need motivation? This is your motivation to get up and go to work every day? The Old Approach to Motivation: Extrinsic rewards and punishments might buy short-term change, but they don’t buy long, heartfelt changes. Rewards may include: salary, recognition....
Balance is the key to helping people change

Balance is the key to helping people change

Balance is the key to helping people change   There is a scale with empathetic on one end and authoritarian on the other end.   Both ends of the scale are unhelpful. A helpful approach falls somewhere in the middle.   Let’s look at the two extremes.  ...