Helping a young person to imagine a different future is another approach to discussing change.
Some questions that you could use in this strategy are:
- 'How do you think things might be different for you once you turn 18?'
- 'If you were to become a parent, how might your drug use fit in with that role?'
- 'What would be the best possible result that you could imagine, if you were to make a change?'
- 'If we were to bump into each other on the street in six months time, what do you think you would you like to tell me about your life at that point?'
- 'If you did make a change to your drug use, how would you like things to turn out?'
ReflectionRefer learners back to the stages of change model.
Brainstorm exerciseQuestion - In terms of the Stages-of-Change model, in which stage/s do you think the looking forward strategy might be appropriately used with a young person? Why? (Remember the goal is always to facilitate or lead movement to the next stage of change if the young person is ready.)
Question - In terms of the ten-point change scale, at what point on the scale do you think this strategy might work best?