Visualize and Believe Recovery

Think of your task as a visual continuum. “Imagery” is the key with this intervention. The Old You – New You gap below is the change time period involved. It can represent one hour, one day, one intervention or decades. Some say Stages of Change. “The Old You _________________________________________ “The New You” Compare and contrast […]

Drug Court, Talk Therapy

MI, Motivational Interviewing skills are useful in treatment for drug court clients. So is knowing ‘tells’ and baseline cues. You might use a MI question like, “if you could picture yourself successfully completing drug court, what would that look like?” You might notice that your right-handed client looks ‘up to the right’. This is a […]

Imagine Possibilities for Recovery.

Imagination and perception are extremely interesting phenomena in the substance abuse field. And they are effective. Psychology of change creates open windows to (y)our beliefs, values, and behavior change possibilities. It’s the Psychology of Behavior Change. For more information or CEU click the classes button. Or go to this link. Whether you are a counselor […]

Addictions, Counseling and Therapy.

People with addiction or criminal behavior problems have one priority when it comes to behavior change. We need to address permission-granting beliefs about AOD/CTC, alcohol and other drugs/criminal thinking and conduct, ASAP in treatment. This is a basic CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) principle according to Judith S. Beck, author and therapist. Then we can address […]

Belief Clutches, Attorneys, and Clients

Substance abuse treatment, counselors and therapists deal with the beliefs and values of clients throughout their careers. Why is this so important? “There will be no long-term behavior changes unless core beliefs and values are changed first”, according to Wanberg and Milkman.” Paraphrasing Beck, “Permission-granting limiting beliefs about alcohol and other drug use and criminal […]

Validation by Parents is important.

We all need to feel okay and accepted. Parenting plays the major part in this process. “You’re no good.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” “You don’t deserve…, X.” You fill in the blank. This could be an example of traumatized parents acting out on and traumatizing their children because that’s all they know. This type […]

Validation: a Good Feeling

The cognitive process is the same for all of us. Offenders and criminal justice and addictions professionals too. We all have a similar operating system. CBT map image from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict, p.15, explains how the process works in detail. The CLE and CEU classes, above, describe this in detail.

Adequate Criminal Defense Definition

Do you have grounds for appeal as a mandated drug court treatment client? “Substance abuse treatment focuses on negative beliefs about self and facilitating or permission-granting beliefs about substance abuse” said Judy Beck, a Cognitive Theory expert. For the drug court substance abuse treatment programs, I would add ‘permission-granting beliefs about AOD/alcohol and other drugs […]