Are you using VAKOG skills to help clients ‘change’ beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behavior?
How important is VAKOG when it comes to behavior change, and the REBT, CBT, change process?
VAKOG is visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory. Consider the first letter, V, for visual. Judith S. Beck (Cognitive Behavior Theory) cites the importance of imagery in the CBT process.
The Ready to Test Study Guide for CSAC certification emphasizes the importance of VAK in the communication process. It says that VAK are the three preferred learning and communication styles for most people.
Meet the client where she/he is. Use their preferred communication style. Use visual words for visuals, auditory words for auditory people, and kinesthetic words for feelings people.
The activities you choose could be geared to each VAK style.
Can using visual words (visualization) with clients help them to change core beliefs, feelings, and criminal behavior?
After taking my NAADAC approved CEU class, an Illinois CDAC with 30 years of experience told me, “Stan, I was always taught you can’t change a core belief. You not only showed me that you can, but you taught me that you must, as soon as possible.” Armand Welch, CDAC.
VAK can be used to break or minimize permission-granting, limiting criminal thinking and conduct (CTC) beliefs
These are simple ‘go to’ tools counselors can use to ‘help clients to change’ limiting, permission-granting core beliefs about criminal thinking and conduct, CTC, involving alcohol and other drugs, AOD.
These can be used to enhance Intrinsic motivation to change as well as discipline to stick with a recovery change plan. “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”
‘Change the picture’ (the V) and you ‘change the beliefs,’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Now comes the belief part. Probably a majority of people in recovery start out with limiting beliefs about their identity, values, and ‘capability to change.’
How can we help offenders and clients to break these limiting CTC beliefs? Belief Eye Movement Therapy, BEMT, along with VAK intervention skills can do this ‘in the blink of an eye.’
“In the blink of an eye, we shall all be ‘changed’.” To paraphrase Albert Ellis, “Go then; and according to how thou hast believed, be it done unto you.”
You can learn how and get 34 NAADAC approved CEU ($139.99) at Udemy:
CBT map image is from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict. Amazon.com