“Getting It” (Motivation for Maintenance,) Part II

“Getting It” (Motivation for Maintenance), Part II


DevelopingDiscrepancy from “Expletive” Decision-making

George DuWors, MSW, LCSW, BCD

This one-day workshop starts by demonstrating that physical relapse universally starts with one of two attitudes. Today we focus on the “expletive”  – “Dammit!” or something less polite! –  decision when stress has become “too much,” the addictive equivalent of a nervous breakdown. As much as possible, we will build upon participant experience, personal or clinical.  The published group motivational exercise “Expletive Deleted” lays the groundwork for three of four generic discrepancies between the typical ideal self and the very act of saying “Dammit.”  Three separate modules develop each of these discrepancies, “coping,” “uncaring,” and “quitting,” connecting each with the 12 step description of problem and solution. A fourth module develops yet another discrepancy, “immaturity,” connecting it with the 12 step description of  problem and corresponding solutions for achieving and maintaining recovery.  Finally, the right-hand branches of the “Motivation for Maintenance Decision Tree” summarize and integrate our day.

Objectives: The Participants will be able to:

  1. Elicit “Expletive thinking” from clients who have relapsed.
  2. Develop four generic motivational discrepancies from such thinking.
  3. Generate action menus based on the actual discrepancy experienced by the client.
  4. Utilize the workbook, “Getting It: Building Motivation  from Relapse.”

Target Audience: Clinicians trying to motivate their clients to both learn and maintain coping skills for lasting recovery.

Content Level: Core to advanced.

Methods: combines thirty-six PowerPoint slides with matching workbooks to complete over a dozen interactive exercises. Role-play, small group brainstorms, sharing dyads. Concepts and tools drawn out of group experience then personalized to individual experience.

Instructor: George DuWors, MSW, LCSW, BCD is a seasoned addictions specialist, who has led workshops across North America and in the UK. He is the author of White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, Learning the Moment of Relapse in Alcoholism and Other Addictions ( Hogrefe and Huber: Seattle, 2000). He has also created the client workbook, “Getting It: Building Motivation from Relapse.”

Contact information:

  • Cell phone: 425-213-2657
  • Email: gduwors@yahoo.com
  • Fax: 425-671-0672.