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Stages of Change and Practitioner Tasks

Meet the person where they’re at, then what?


The Stages of Change model has been a staple of training on person-centered practices since it was first published in the early 90s. Despite being heavily linked with Motivational Interviewing, the model is often used only as a descriptive tool rather than a guide to action and effective intervention. This class describes how to identify where a person is at in their change process AND matches simple interventions that fit that stage. In this way workers can help guide people toward the changes they want to make with a minimum amount of confrontation.

Stages of Change is a useful person-centered model that is used to build understanding and clarity of where a client is at on their journey toward making meaningful changes in their life. It is applicable and works with a diverse range of communities and allows for a practitioner to build a more solid, equitable working relationship. Since it gives practitioners tools for connecting at the right level according to the client need and willingness to engage, it promotes a more inclusive environment, guiding clients toward successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and review the Stages of Change Model

  • Identify what the stages look and sound like

  • Link each stage to specific interventions

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.ADC.135)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.392)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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