Why do so many people have trouble breaking dangerous habits like smoking, overeating, and drug and alcohol abuse? According to psychologists Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente, people must go through six stages to change a behavior: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and termination. Step by step, they show readers how to determine what phase they’re in and find an appropriate strategy for moving to the next step by using various tactics, for example, consciousness raising and rewards. The focus here is on the process of change rather than techniques. Chapter 10, “A Changer’s Manual,’‘ centers on specific habits, providing disturbing statistics for each as well as tips for becoming free of them. A combination of illustrative tables and case histories brings a concrete reality to the six-step program.
The National Cancer Institute has found this program more than twice as effective as standard programs in helping smokers quit for 18 months.
This course is based on the book, Changing for Good: A Revolutionary 6-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward created by James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., John C. Norcross, Ph.D., and Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D.
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Course Material Authors
Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
James O. Prochaska, Ph.D.
James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cancer Prevention Research center at the University of Rhode Island.
John C. Norcross, Ph.D.
John C. Norcross, Ph.D., is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton.
Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D.
Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
This course is recommended for anyone interested in the process of self-change, with or without professional help, as well as health care professionals, including psychologists, counselors, addictions professionals, social workers, and nurses. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the basic principles of change, common to both self-administered and therapeutic courses of treatment for addicitve behaviors.
List and define the six stages of change.
Explain the importance of readiness in planning for change.
Identify the processes of change most likely to be helpful during each of the six stages of change.
Apply the six-stage change model to controlling addictive behaviors, including smoking, drinking, and emotional distress.
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