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PSY380: Counselling and Behavior Change

PSY 380 Week 3 Discussion 2

Week 3 – Discussion 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Behavior Change Theories [CLO: 3]


Prior to completing this discussion, please read Chapter 1: Individual Theories, Chapter 2: Understanding Population health from Multilevel and Community-Based Models, and Chapter 3: Psychosocial Predictors of Behavior Change in Hilliard, Riekert, Ockene, and Pbert (2018). Be sure to also read Richert, Schüz, and Schüz (2013) Stages of Health Behavior Change and Mindsets: A Latent Class Approach (Links to an external site.), and any relevant Instructor Guidance.

Theories help health professionals with understanding, predicting, and maintaining healthy behaviors. By adopting healthy behaviors, many diseases and illnesses can be prevented. However, it is still confusing to many health professionals why some people are successful in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors and why others are not.   No one theory can explain everything; therefore, sometimes two behavior change models may need to be utilized in the application process (Hilliard, Riekert, Ockene, & Pbert, 2018). In this discussion, use the client avatar you created in Week 1 and address the following prompt:

Identify two to three behaviors you would like to see your client avatar change. Select one behavior change model, as described in Hilliard, Riekert, Ockene, and Pbert (2018), “Handbook of Health Behavior Change”, and explain the major components of this model and why it was selected. Compare and contrast this model with two other models discussed in the text.  

Post your response by Day 3 and respond to two of your classmates by Day 7. Include one of the course texts and one additional scholarly resource in your response. Use APA formant and organize your post using subheadings.

Guided Response: Review two of your classmate’s posts and discuss the behavior change model they selected.  Do you feel this was the appropriate model?  Suggest another model that may be used in the final paper. Include one reference to support your comments to your classmates.

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