Module 9: working with young people on AOD issues: facilitator's guide

5.1 Introduction to some motivational techniques

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The strategies can be used alone in short conversations with young people or in combination within more lengthy or in-depth interactions, depending upon the setting in which the worker is placed.

The techniques include:

  • Pros and cons for making change or staying the same (also known as decisional-balancing): a young person is asked to identify some of the good and less good things about making change and staying the same

  • Looking forward/future directions: a young person is asked to consider what life might be like for them in the future

  • Worst-case scenario/best-case scenario: a young person is asked to think of what the worst and best-case scenarios might be like for them.