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VOLUME 6: INTERVENTIONS FOR CONSUMERS
WHAT THE CONSUMER WILL DO
Interventions for Consumers are lists of things that a consumer/client can accomplish primarily by choosing to do so, sometimes with the support and encouragement of others. These Interventions for Consumers are restatements of the Volume 4, Objectives sections entitled "Acting on Strengths, Resources and Methods."
When a consumer is likely to need a substantial variety of interventions by staff, family, and peer supporters then "Acting on Strengths, Resources and Methods" is best listed as a treatment plan Objective. But when a consumer/client simply needs to make a decision and commitment to act on strengths, resources and methods, then this may be listed as an "Intervention for Consumers."
For example, Volume 4 (Objectives), Chapter 15, Education Related Personal Skills, includes the following among "Objectives: Acting on Strengths, Resources and Methods."
Acting on Strengths, Resources, and Methods
These items are restated in Volume 6 (Interventions for Consumers), Chapter 15, Education Related Personal Skills, as follows…
- I will assertively (non-aggressively) inform my instructor of the need for changes in the school/training environment if I think there is a need for change, as evidenced by _______ (specify).
- I will use _______ (specify an identified education related personal skill; See Appendix: Skill Lists) at least _______ (how often?) daily/weekly/monthly until I'm satisfied with my skill performance, as evidenced by _______ (specify).
If a consumer/client has the knowledge, skills, and ability to can carry out such actions by simply deciding to do so, then they may be listed as Interventions for Consumers. If, on the other hand, a consumer/client needs substantial assistance from staff, family, and/or peer supporters in order to be able to carry out such actions, then it could be listed as an Intervention for Consumers.
- I choose to and I will assertively (nonaggressively) inform my teacher of the need for changes in classroom environment if I think there is a need for change.
- I choose to and I will use _______ (specify an identified education related personal skill; see Appendix: Skill Lists) at least _______ (how many?) times daily/weekly/monthly until I'm satisfied with my skill performance.
For example, one of the items listed above states "I will talk with providers, peers, and family about my interest in going to school ______ (specify how often, for example, daily, weekly), as evidenced by _______ (specify)."
This should be listed in a treatment plan as an Objective for a consumer/client who has substantial ambivalence, shyness, limited self-assertion skills, confusion about which individuals are potentially helpful and which are potentially hurtful and, as a result, needs significant encouragement, reassurance, support, validation, clarification, assertion skill training, and explanation in order to accomplish the intended achievement.
On the other hand, this should be listed in a treatment plan as an Intervention for Consumers for a consumer/client who is relatively clear and confident about what he/she has chosen to do and how to do it.
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