Role Of Change In Social Work

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The change process based on Prochaska’s theory, is a model that social workers use to help their clients during changes in their life that they may be going through. A client may be battling an addiction that they are trying to stop, or they may be having self-defeating thoughts about themselves that they cannot control. It is usually a process in which someone is trying to change some part of their lifestyle. Not everyone is successful in changing their unhealthy behaviors, and this model helps social workers to determine what stage of the cycle a person may be in. It also helps them to see how some people are able to change positively without the help of anyone else.
The change process in my opinion, is a great method that enables a social
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This model seems to be an effective way to change unhealthy behaviors because in each stage a person exhibits specific characteristics that a social worker can determine. This model is especially helpful because if a person goes through a relapse, a social worker can look back at the stages to help their client. The first stage is called the pre-contemplation stage and a social worker can identify a person in this stage by their specific actions. Someone in this stage may avoid talking about their problem and may even deny that they have a problem. Just like in any other problem, in order to change a behavior, a person needs to accept the fact that they have a problem and take full responsibility for it. From here, a person can move on to the second stage. The second stage is called the contemplation stage, and in this stage the client may be thinking about changing their behavior, but will procrastinate on doing so. To move on from this stage a person must think about the pros and cons about his or her behavior, how it will affect them in the long run and the benefits of stopping the unhealthy behavior. The third stage is called preparation in …show more content…
According to Zastrow, these eight skills include: engaging clients in a working relationship, identifying the issues, problems needs and resources, collecting information, planning for services, using their communication skills, implementing interventions, apply knowledge, and evaluating the outcomes of everything that they do (2010, p. 67). In my opinion, out of the eight skills, being able to communicate with a client is the most important skill for a social worker to have. A social worker needs to be able to work with different types of people both young and old, and it is important that they can communicate well with them. If they cannot communicate with their client then they won’t be able to determine what their problems are or how to solve them. They need to know how to show their clients empathy and talk to them like they are important. The client and the social worker need to be able to work together to solve the problem otherwise it is a waste of

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