Rollnick and Mason (1995) identified some assumptions that health, welfare and other workers can make when working with people with alcohol and/or other drug problems, particularly in brief contacts. These also apply to work with young people. The following 'dangerous' assumptions are not wrong, but can negatively impact on brief interventions.
- This person ought to make a change
- This person wants to make a change
- This person's health is a prime motivating factor for change
- If the person decides not to change, the intervention has failed
- People are either motivated to change or not
- Now is the right time to consider change
- A tough approach is most effective
- I'm the expert. He or she must follow my advice.