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Engaging Clients in Recovery Through Mental Health Empowerment
As a mental health care provider, you have chosen a unique and noble profession. people come to you, not to heal their bodies or correct their mistakes, but to appreciate their soul.
They want you to appreciate and show them how to appreciate what makes them human and useful, but it is one that is fraught with uncertainties and invisible challenges. These can overwhelm you or make your day exciting and hopeful. I would like to guide you into the understanding and management of the latter.
You may have learned how to correct their mistakes and may even have perfected your approach to doing that. You may have learned how to heal or help heal the hurts and disorders or diseases that may have contributed to or resulted from their mistakes. But they still need and want you to restore and show them how to keep that belief in themselves that propels them to better ‘doing’ and happier ‘being’.
This course will lead you to look at unhealthy behaviors and moods as natural, primitive instincts that are ordinarily part of human experience. They are our physiological strengths, the seed capital from which everyone is required to emerge. Everyone, however, also has to be personally enabled to access the power of mental strength and acuity and propel themselves beyond the limits of physiological strengths. In other words, understanding overrules physiology. Insufficient understanding lets physiology rule, and it can become dysfunctional when used too often, too easily, or too intensely.
Any reliance, therefore, on physiological strengths reveals not only the disorder that must be overcome but also an insufficient mental maturation that must be redirected and refocused.
This course will guide you, in three sections, to purposefully and intelligently address the mental disequilibrium of your client as an immature state either causing or resulting from the addiction, guiding them to elevate it in order to achieve sustained recovery.
Section 1. The Analysis - LOOK WHERE YOU CAN'T SEE
This is a discourse on how to look behind the behaviour and determine the parameters of what cannot be seen – the feelings, thoughts, capabilities, and limitations of the person. It shows how to look into how the client sees the world and their place in it, what are the visions that drive them and the insecurities that hinder them and generate the defensive behaviours.
Our job as forerunners, managers, counsellors, or parents is to help our protégés understand themselves, the inner essence that is their personality. To do that, we must be able to look into how they see the world and their place in it, not keep them as our project or responsibility.
This allows us to give them insights that empower them to examine themselves deeper and more objectively than they may have done before. Remember, a person knows HIM/HERSELF better than anyone else can. But, with the insights we lead them to have, they will be able to examine themselves deeper and more accurately than we can ever do for them.
This first part will encourage you to place greater focus on the person as an intelligent mind with the capacity to grow regardless of their level of immaturity or misperception of the world and their place in it. This will give you greater connection with your clients than you can get focusing on present feelings or on curtailing behaviours that are really only manifestations of the insecure inner core.
Let’s face it, however, whether the client is coming out of an addiction or actively engaged in the lifestyle, that person will be emotionally unstable. It is possible that the instability or uncertainty may have caused the addiction or caused by it. Regardless, it is an essential component in the healing process and cannot be left to casual or delayed consideration. It must be understood and incorporated in the treatment process if any positive outcome is to be expected or lasting.
You must be familiar with these different reasons. Some use as an escape from the stresses of responsibility. Some use as a means of soothing themselves physically or emotionally after enduring the ravages of a stressful reality. Some use to build the determination, albeit artificial, to face the stresses of responsibility. Yet, the more they use, the more that balance is compromised and the more they need to use. Thus, there is a need that compromises the emotional balance. While that need remains, the emotional integrity will stay compromised.
This part of the course will show you how to look for these differences, examine the connection between a need for soothing or one for boosting personal capabilities or that for escaping the challenges and the resulting effect this uncertainty brings to the integrity of the client emotionally. You will look at how to give hope to the client that your focus is not only on taking away their “best friend”, but on giving them a way to have a best friend in themselves. You will learn to how to focus on the need and thus become or be seen as a true mentor to the client.
I see myself as a little boy walking on the seashore diverting myself by now and again picking up a smoother pebble or prettier shell when, all along, the vast ocean of knowledge lies undiscovered before me. Sir Isaac Newton.
Have you ever seen a person who has never been in a canoe before try to canoe? It looks like an exercise in frustration. He sits awkwardly on one of the seats and gingerly paddles, first on the right, and then on the left. On a smooth lake, it may even seem to be a pleasant exercise though somewhat overdone. Now suppose such a person sets out bravely enjoying a glassy-smooth lake early one morning. The zigzag path doesn’t concern him as he stays close to shore or secure within a small bay.
Now let us suppose that a young teenager with a fast motor boat zooms by close to this intrepid but inexperienced canoeist. What happens next is not difficult to visualize. The canoe rocks and may even capsize. What does he do? GET FULL HANDOUT
Every individual, every human being is equal to every other in having the same responsibility to manage ourselves in this world of immense biological, mechanical and social activity. Every individual is equal to every other person in having the same two categories of management options. One is proactive management that comes when we have conscious, rational understanding of the situation to be managed.
This is a Secure Reality, or a reality in which we feel emotionally secure. The other is reactive management that we use when we do not understand the situation fully. Then, we are in an Insecure Reality or a reality in which we will feel emotionally insecure and act immaturely no matter how intelligent or experienced we may be. Thus, the difference is not a secure or insecure person, a well or sick one, or a good or bad one, but there is a person who can be in a secure or insecure reality at different times.
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Section 2. Building The Foundation - EXAMINE WHERE NO INSTRUMENT CAN TAKE YOU
This is a discourse on how to engage the client in looking at life objectively. It requires and prepares the counsellor with the ability to place the client at ease while looking at stresses less as impositions that hurt or impede survival and more as challenges that can be used to stimulate and empower. It introduces ways to impart this to the client, first by understanding it themselves, and then displaying it to the clients convincingly. The first level will focus on engaging the counsellor in this understanding. This process of seeing life objectively from an observer state is that of self-actualization.
To be an authority in an area that is obscure, one must first understand obscurity. This will be your attempt to influence your clients on how and why they should build insights into life, themselves, and their place in their world. We see this as the building of the foundation that allows you to guide them to see themselves more analytically and see what areas they need to build or strengthen. Emotions are obscure, however. We cannot truly measure them. Yet they influence every area of our client’s ability to act, change and react, or recover from an unhealthy state. Emotions are, however, simply the way we feel about ourselves. When we do not feel comfortable, capable, or safe in a particular situation or state, our emotions become frayed. When we feel capable, comfortable, or safe, emotions are balanced, even if those feelings are delusive. No one needs to treat a balanced emotional state. We only need to treat the unbalanced one. And we can feel unbalanced or unstable both when the pressures of life seem overwhelming and when we are weakened by personal limitations. Of course, when both are active or are present at the same time, the imbalance is at its peak. Since you are working with people whose emotional imbalance seems too much, too prolonged, or too frequently experienced, we have to assume or conclude that the combination or too much stress and too limited capacity is at play. To help, therefore, you have to know what causes too much stress, not only for your client, but for anyone. In other words, you have to be an expert on the nature of stress as an obscure phenomenon until released as life responsibilities, social injustice, rejection, or impositions, and interruptions in personal health or stamina. This part of the course will lead you to examine life as a perpetually changing paradigm of components that can make any event, any task significantly different from a more familiar state, and thus more stressful. You will see how this can play out, both in the challenges of social interaction and that of physical health and wellbeing. It will also examine another obscurity. This is the depth of a person’s capabilities, how this is developed and can be re-energized or re-activated. You will do it by first examining yourself and then others from a theoretical perspective. Remember, you will be leading them down a path of responsibility and self-realization that is quite unfamiliar and difficult no matter how intelligent or urbane they may seem to be. It is important to see that, when someone is moving from, say 1 to 100 and they reach 5, the observer sees only 4% improvement. Yet the person has improved 400% from 1.
Self Respect is the ability to maintain dignity in the face of stress, rejection, criticism, or any activity that can erode one`s value systems. In a world of imposing immensity and persistent change, the forces that can strike at anyone`s value systems can be extreme, unprecedented, and persistent. Yet, we cannot contain or control those external events. There is no special stress that will always threaten every person. What threatens is the difference between what is imposed and the strength of the systems defining the person facing those impositions. If something destroys the systems that create value and define self, then it can destroy us. GET FULL HANDOUT
Stress can be defined as the distortion of the internal structure of an object by the imposition of an external pressure.Yet, human beings experience stress, often without apparent distortion. This is because any distortion can be so hidden that it is not easily recognized. In the human being, we are blessed with sensitive receptors that alert us to injuries in any part of the body to allow us to protect it. So, we are often made aware of distortions of even modest levels long before they are represented externally. Thus, we can experience a stress when an organ system is only slightly affected by the pressures imposed from outside. It is also partly because the human being is also a sophisticated mind. This entity can also be stressed. When stressed, it is a distortion that can no more be measured than thought itself. So the stressed mind can experience the stress but cannot manifest it externally to even the most astute observer. An observer is relegated to visualizing his/her own perceptions of a described stress and assuming these to be the experiences of the other. GET PDF HANDOUT
If management can be defined as the process of reaching a state of equilibrium with a task or responsibility, then life as a whole is a management challenge! It is management because, in order to succeed or at the least survive, we are required to achieve an equilibrium with the many things and people that form our environment. It is a challenge because, regardless of how well we may have managed one issue, change creates a disequilibrium requiring another effort at success or survival. In order, therefore, to be successful at any aspect of life – career, health, or relationships – we must first accept the responsibility as managers of our own lives. Then we must look at how this can be achieved most effectively in the highly volatile conditions we face today. GET FULL HANDOUT
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Section 3. Guiding the Application - HEAL WHAT YOU CAN'T TOUCH
This is a discourse on how to engage the client in looking at themselves objectively. It requires and prepares the counsellor with the ability to place the client at ease while looking at, not the faults and failures, but the blanks that need to be filled and how to fill them productively. This gives hope and, with that, the energy and desire to discover self (self-realization). This will also only focus on building the resources within the counsellor as the first level.
Give a man a why to live for and he will handle almost any how. Viktor Frankl.
Now that you have examined the machinations of the human mind, you are ready to do what was proposed in the first module – look where you can’t see. You will learn that you can see that only when the person chooses to reveal it. The good part is that every human being wants to reveal what they think. They are only hampered by the clutter of feelings and actions, and by the uncertainty that what they really have to reveal may be considered insufficient or undesirable. You must know how to help them bypass those concerns honestly and intelligently.
We will show you how to build the trust quickly so you can go about the more important work of empowering the person to expand and appreciate those resources and attitudes. You must, however, be able to distract them from the clutter of feelings and behaviors and help them focus on the art of self-realization and self-actualization.
We will show you how to use movies, books, and essays to help them see themselves objectively, analyze their own behaviours, and have the determination, not to fix them, but to build the power to function above needing them. New behaviors will become logic driven rather than reaction-based. In other words, they will start to change an old behaviour or mood, not by fixing them directly, but by building the opposite attitude and action.
This third section can go on for a long time. But they will realize that they now have the formula. They do not need you to chart their course as they will chart it and change it as the conditions change. Your job would have been done. “Finis coronat opus – the completion crowns the work.
Understanding Change is a unique perspective to behaviour management where focus is on the development of insight into the variables that create our stresses so that there is less tendency to resort to defensive behaviours when we are confronted by undesirable events or disagreeable people. This approach is unique because it does not attempt to redirect, suppress, or treat the aberrant behaviour. Rather, it educates you to approach your stresses with greater insight by
- being alert to the variables in existing conditions that may introduce new stresses.
- developing the desire to increase awareness in preference to the pursuit of survival,
- learning to communicate more effectively by understanding that when other people appear to say something contentious, it is usually because they did not express themselves appropriately or the observer may have misinterpreted their intent,
- learning to be more tolerant when another person is defensive by understanding that the defensive response is a weak attempt to protect self when a stress is too large or an expectation too unattainable.
Core Intervention Therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention that is designed to reach an accurate and easy analysis of the source of an emotional or behavioural malady and coach the participant toward fixing the underlying disorder permanently and effectively. Core Intervention Therapy makes the logical observation that, in a linear model, a task can be successfully managed using fixed logic or programmed skill. When the demands of the challenge increase, it can still be managed with an expanded application of the same skill and logic. A linear model is one that makes the simple assumption that a problem becomes difficult either because the solution is not known by the person experiencing the problem or that the problem is a (linear) extension of that for which a ready solution is available. A complex model recognizes that every problem is generated by a complex variety of conditions so that even a small change can be caused by a number of underlying variables making it a totally new challenge, not an extension of a familiar one. Thus, in a complex model, the application of greater effort can be significantly counter-productive leading to frustration, apprehension, or defeat. The renewed effort must allow the examination of every problem for the full range of invisible variables that give rise to it. This can only be accomplished by a strong core that operates with the flexibility and creativity that fixed logic or programmed skill cannot generate.
If management can be defined as the process of reaching a state of equilibrium with a task or responsibility, then life as a whole is a management challenge! It is management because, in order to succeed or at the least survive, we are required to achieve an equilibriumWe live in times of great change. No one has been adequately prepared for the disruptions this brings daily in our jobs, family life, health, personal relationships, or the social interactions within the multicultural melting pots of our urban centres. It is natural then that the personal strengths we have learned to rely on will inevitably become stretched, even to breaking point. The result is that accountable people have time only to put out fires and many of us are beginning to fail at out jobs or relationships, addicted to the substances and activities that offer trivial respite, or lost in emotional angst we cannot escape long enough before the next stress arrives. These Unhealthy Moods and Inappropriate Behaviours can severely jeopardize our social, material, or physical wellbeing. We need to understand them before we try to fix them, or we will be left going around in circles and getting results only for trivial moments. with the many things and people that form our environment. It is a challenge because, regardless of how well we may have managed one issue, change creates a disequilibrium requiring another effort at success or survival. In order, therefore, to be successful at any aspect of life – career, health, or relationships – we must first accept the responsibility as managers of our own lives. Then we must look at how this can be achieved most effectively in the highly volatile conditions we face today.
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We propose that nobody is inherently bad or sick or purposefully wrong.
What we show is that everyone operates sometimes in darkness, and sometimes in clarity.
When anyone is acting in places of clarity that person will act appropriately, and with consideration. An inappropriate response is simply what a person will do when they are operating in darkness.
Therefore, a person who responds inappropriately should not be treated as a wrong doer first. He/she should be recognized as being insufficiently enlightened.
We cannot judge someone who is operating out of a dark place and punish them for being wrong. We have to first discover their darkness by uncovering the areas of enlightenment, and offer to “turn on their light”. A person can only be judged unworthy if that person refuses to build enlightenment.
This technique is based on the understanding that all humans are souls, born rudimentary – in darkness – but invited to build the power of that soul. We owe it to those who seek our counsel to give them at least that fighting chance.
This is what Prometheus did. He defied Zeus who was angry with man and took fire from man as punishment, leaving them in darkness. Prometheus stole fire from heaven and taught it to man – the sign of enlightenment. Of course the part easily remembered is that Prometheus was punished by being tied to a rock and the ravens came nightly and ate his liver. The next day the liver will grow back making a continuous feast for the ravens and continuous pain for Prometheus. But he did a good deed. He was the god of wisdom. He gave us the fire of enlightenment.
We, mental health workers and addiction counsellors see people who are easily condemned by others as wrong, sick, or foolish. We understand that they are functioning from a state of darkness, a darkness to which we are all born. Some stay in it because they did not have the opportunity to build clarity. We, as counsellors, can make a difference. We can share the fire and let our protégés build greater clarity because that is what makes us unique.
You may not have taken away any specific pearls of wisdom from this course, but you will notice that you are already seeing things differently, projecting yourself differently. I hope it will give you satisfaction and a greater influence where you can make your presence felt. Take great pleasure in your work. It deserves you.