Monday, October 14, 2013

Believing Change is Possible
One of the lessons I have learned in my clinical internship is to not fall in love with potential. For example, you are working with a client for several months to help them change a negative pattern of behavior, an addiction, etc. The client proclaims they are "fixed" and they are ready to start their new life, but the next day you find out that your client fell off the proverbial wagon or ended back up in jail.  Not falling in love with the potential we see in our clients must be balanced with still having hope for our clients and encouraging them that change is possible.

I have learned that there are three important things to remember in regards to this:

1. You do not make your clients who they are

2. And therefore, you do not have the power to make them change

3. Change takes time

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