self-efficacy requires eliciting and supporting hope, optimism, and the feasibility of accomplishing change. This requires the therapist to recognize the client’s strengths and bring these to the forefront
whenever possible. Because self-efficacy is a critical component of behavior
change, it is crucial that the clinician believe in the client’s capacity to reach their goals.
must ultimately come to believe hat change is their responsibility and that long-term success begins with a single step forward. It is helpful for the therapist to talk about how other people in similar situations
have successfully changed their behavior. Other clients can serve as role models
and offer encouragement.
can increase the client’s self-efficacy, a credible, understandable, and accurate information helps clients understand
how substance use progresses to abuse or dependency as well as information about their mental illness.