Transtheoretical Model

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1) Change should be thought of as a process that may take months or even years.

2) Many 'behavioral change' programs are characterized as lasting for a predetermined number of weeks and consisting of structured content. Such programs do not take into account the uniqueness of each client, and the subtle changes that often go unnoticed. Some clients will respond very positively and make significant changes. However, for those who do not, they are said to lack motivation and/or willpower.

3) We tend to acknowledge change has occurred when we see a change in behavior, e.g. a period of abstinence, leaving an unhealthy relationship. These are then categorized as successes.

4) The stages of change model suggests that change occurs along a
continuum and therefore cannot be measured by one criteria alone, i.e. a change in a specific problem behavior. If we view change as a process then we can report positive changes each time an individual progresses from one stage to the next. Small steps constitute changes and should therefore be recognized and supported.

5) Since clients differ in their readiness to make changes Prochaska
and DiClemente suggest matching interventions to the appropriate stage (or readiness). "Success, moreover, is defined not just by changing the behavior but by any movement toward change, such as a shift from one stage of readiness to another."

6) There is an emphasis on the maintenance of change. Relapse is
common and should not be seen as a sign of failure. Clients are encouraged to learn from their relapse.

7) A great deal of importance is placed on the decision making capability of the individual