This service is based on Isreal Goldiamond’s self-control model applied to social casework practice.7 This practice focuses on teaching the client logic and methods for analyzing actions, thoughts, and feelings, thereby increasing the control over their own behavior and their quality of life, rather than presenting them with symptom reduction techniques. By increasing such control, our clients experience greater retention of treatment results and maintenance of outcomes. This practice also focuses on behavior-environment interactions that can be made explicit rather than unobservable mentalistic factors. This focus provides the client a greater potential for change and the practitioner superior recourse for program development and evaluation.
Given the detrimental effects of stress, anxiety, and depression on an individual’s personal and professional life, it is critical that an intervention address the underlying source(s) of these symptoms. In order to alleviate the presenting symptoms of adverse circumstances and achieve lifestyle enhancement, we begin by helping our clients choose constructional outcomes and targets. Following an assessment of current skills and maintaining consequences, together we develop a sequence of change procedures that will integrate successfully into the fabric of the client's way of life.
7Schwartz, A., & Goldiamond, I. (Eds.) (1975). Social casework: A behavioral approach (M. Howe). New York, NY: Columbia University of Press.