But if the client also conveys a strong desire to get a degree or a worthwhile job, or start a family or get out of debt – these also constitute motivators for success.

Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 5Maintaining Motivation

If the client also conveys a strong desire to get a degree or a worthwhile job, or start a family or get out of debt – these also constitute motivators for success. Steps toward such goals often build motivation that wasn’t there to begin with.

On the other hand, if the offender is confident that the Court won’t punish him for noncompliance, that directly decreases the leverage provided by his status as a probationer.

It helps to think of the client’s motivation for change as naturally fluctuating. It requires support until it has a chance to strengthen – for external motivation to become internal. Leverage is a tool that can be used for this purpose.

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