Table 8

Summary of Sessions with Social Worker

    Foundational Psychosocial Sessions (2)

Month 1

Assess participant and family in relation to commitment, motivation, support available

Identify participant's areas of need, interest, talent and strength

Clarify participant's psychosocial goals

Introduce concept of healthy goal-setting, emphasizing that goals should be realistic and achievable

Month 2

Social barriers to changing lifestyle

Family response to barriers (coping strategies, problem-solving)

Celebrating success with appropriate reward systems

Increase understanding of behaviour modification techniques (monitor thoughts and feelings to increase self-control)

Ongoing provision of support and encouragement (positive reinforcement, encourage family involvement)

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