Life Stage Transition Theory

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APPLICATION
Setting: Lay-counseling through ministry (within a church or parachurch). Individual and/or group.
Role: Mentor and coach
Population: high-functioning adult persons undergoing transition- especially young adults and senior adults.
Specialty: Life stage transition and self-improvement
Context: Christian or secular

THERAPEUTIC GOALS
• Navigate life stage transitions
• Learn more effective coping mechanisms
• Gain clarity through self-awareness
• Set and follow-through on realistic goals
• Identify and eliminate faulty beliefs, replacing them with accurate beliefs
THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
• Supportive, Challenging
• Collaborative with teaching
• Unconditional Positive Regard
TECHNIQUES
Attending, catching oneself, lifestyle assessment,
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This theory focuses especially on adolescents transitioning into the identity and intimacy stages and those transitioning into generativity or integrity stages. This theory may be extended to the secular setting, but the founder of this theory designed it with Christian discipleship in mind. The therapist acts as a coach and mentor, sometimes as teacher, to assist the client develop the necessary tools to manage the difficulties of life independently and …show more content…
For the assessment, the counselor focuses keenly on attending and the expression of empathy. The joining process is essential to the success of the therapy overall. Once the therapeutic relationship is well-established, the counselor will utilize the life assessment, cognitive homework, rational emotive imagery, and talk therapy to uncover areas of the client’s thinking or behavior that need attention and modification. Once these areas are identified, the next course of action may be applied. This course of action may require techniques like catching oneself or rehearsal and role play to work through a more cognitive framework. The ABCDE technique from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, which stands for Activating event, Belief, Consequence, Dispute, and Effects of newly Established beliefs, is particularly useful in moving a victimized client to a place of control and personal responsibility as they begin to take on their recovery for themselves. For the goal-setting aspect of this therapy, the counselor may employ the WDEP and SAMIC3 techniques, which stand for Wants, Doing, Evaluate, Plan and Simple, Attainable, Measurable, Immediate, Controlled by, Committed to, and Consistent respectively. These techniques help the client to see in writing their current state and the possibilities available to them in the future. They also help move plans from the theoretical and overwhelming to tangible and

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