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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

In week 12, we look to develop strategies for how to impact change with our clients. This is generally the goal with most services we provide as social workers. To understand how we affect change, we will look at the following:

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There are different lenses that people see the understand the process of change for. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides many helpful and useful resources. Hepworth et al. (2017) discuss SAMHSA working definition of recovery. Go to the brochure and read through it. Consider which aspect of the 10 principles for recovery you find to be the most important and how you see implementing that into your practice.

The two required readings also revolve significantly around the concept of motivational interviewing. If you get the chance in graduate school to take a course in motivational interviewing, I’d highly recommend it. As a practitioner, I find the strategies immensely useful. Miller and Rollnick (2013) is the basis of the therapeutic intervention. In 2002, Moyers and Rollnick published a paper attempting to put into perspective client resistance and is a foundational aspect of motivational interviewing. It is also much more approachable, and I’ve provided a link in the reference list entry to read it if you would like. Interconnected with motivational interviewing, is understanding if your client is ready for change. We have talked some about this in class, but Littell and Girvin (2004) offer a useful analysis of how we can consider the stages of change and the complex interactions that often are related to child welfare.


Hepworth, D. H., Rooney, R. H., Rooney, G. D., & Strom-Gottfried, K. (2017). Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice Theory and Skills (10th Ed.). Cengage Learning.

Littell, J. H., & Girvin, H. (2004). Ready or not: Uses of the stages of change model in child welfare. Child Welfare Journal, 83(4), 341-366.

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing: helping people change. Guilford Press.

Moyers, T. B., & Rollnick, S. (2002). A motivational interviewing perspective on resistance in psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(2), 185-193.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery.

The slides for this week can be found at This week is SOWK 486 Week 12: Effecting Change

View SOWK 486 - Week 12 - Effecting Change - Empathy, Confrontation, & Barriers.

Unit Assignments

A-01: Synchronous Class Engagement

Attend class

A–02: Reading Quiz

Read chapters 17 and 18 and complete a reading quiz before class via My Heritage

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