Topic: Psychology (Substance Abuse )


Part 1:

Ask a friend or family member to think about something in his or her life that he or she are considering changing or working on. It could be going on a diet or exercising, better organizing their room, getting a job, or finding new ways to cope with a difficult roommate or significant other. Have him or her complete Worksheet 3.1 (available below). Take the role of “counselor” and have your friend take the role as “client.” You will ask some of the questions stated under the appropriate marking, listen to the client’s response, and then follow up with other OARS- type responses. Not all of the questions listed need to be asked. Think about how you felt in the different roles. How did you feel in your role of counselor? What responses did your partner make that seemed to help clarify or find solutions to his or her issues? Which questions were most relevant and effective? Write a 500 word essay describing your experience and answering the questions above.

Part 2:

Repeat the above assignment using Worksheet 3.2 (available in the Module 3 Assignment section).

Part 3:

Ask a family member or friend to complete the Decision Balance matrix available in the Module 3 Assignment section, using a personal issue that he or she is changing or has recently changed. Ask questions to the other, using each quadrant of the matrix. What responses seemed to help when discussing your partner’s issues? What insights did you gain from doing this exercise?

Pros (or benefits) of not changing Pros (or benefits) of changing
Cons (or consequences) of not changing Cons (or consequences) of changing

Part 4:

Complete Worksheet 4.1 (available in the Module 3 Assignment section). Identify the specific type of thinking distortion for each statement. Could the labels for various types of distorted or faulty thinking be somewhat arbitrary? Which of the statements fall into several categories? The important thing is to begin to pick up on how clients think in ways that sabotage their efforts at behavioral change.

How would you blend discussions of each relapse warning sign into these thought processes?

Part 5:

Write the following words as columns on your paper:

Automatic thoughts
Rational response

Now think of a situation that might endanger the recovery of a client. Then list what automatic thoughts your client may have and what emotions he or she might be experiencing. Assign a percentage of level of intensity for each emotion. Without counseling, what do you believe the outcome would be for your client? What could be more rational ways to consider your client’s situation? Write down your answer. Consider your rational response to your client’s situation. How might it change your client’s feelings about the situation? What would be his or her behavior response?

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