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Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing Don’t waste that first desperate call for help from someone seeking addiction recovery, be it for themselves or another. Convert it into progress, with David Mee-Lee's tips. No matter what your work setting is, it is the same process – especially if the person is calling at the urging of a family member, a superviser or boss or child protective services. For people who voluntarily reach out, it is just as important to clarify the therapeutic alliance... Listen into a call with a self-referred client... Clinician: “How did you decide to come for an appointment and what is most important to you to explore together?” Client: “I’m under a lot of stress and can’t sleep well, no energy, irritable and depressed. Not sure what to do and how to get out of this funk.” Clinician: “So that sounds like there’s a lot going on right now. Out of all of that, is there something that is most troubling that we should start with: coping with stress, sleeping better, improving your energy level, not feeling so irritable and depressed, or figuring out what to do to get out of your funk?” Client: “Well, it’s all tied together.” Clinician: “Agreed, but sometimes if we start with what is upsetting you most, that success helps to tackle the other things better.” Client: “I’m under so much stress, I’m overwhelmed.” Clinician: “So what if we focus on sorting out all the things that are stressful right now and get a handle on which things to tackle first, would that be something you want to start with?” Client: “Yes, if it would help me not feel so overwhelmed.” Clinician: “I think it would be a great place to start and could really help you not feel so out of control. Are you willing and able to come to appointments each week to work on this?” Client: “Yes, I’m willing to give it a try.” Now you have just agreed on a goal: sort out all the things which are stressful right now and get a handle on which things to tackle first. You agreed on strategies and methods: come to weekly appointments to work on this. You agreed the context: outpatient sessions. You bonded on helping the client cope with stress. Of course, if you and/or the client lose focus on what the goal, methods and working bond is, then the therapeutic alliance is broken. Or if there are disagreements on goals and strategies that are not attended to and resolved, again there is no therapeutic alliance. Be ready to see the client drop out of treatment. Sharing solutions for free. Use free information, articles, clinical practice resources and literature references on Change Companies’ website, www.ChangeU.net. * Cick on the Tips and Topics button at www. changecompanies.net, and search nine years of back issues. * At the top of the home page, click on Related Articles & More to download more articles by David Mee-Lee. your library’s essential reference September 2016 43


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