Unconditional positive regard is a core concept in person-centered therapy that refers to the therapist's acceptance and nonjudgmental attitude towards the client, regardless of their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or beliefs. By practicing unconditional positive regard, therapists can create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment that allows clients to feel accepted, understood, and empowered to make their own decisions and choices.
The five stages of change, also known as the transtheoretical model, is a widely used theory in psychology that explains the process individuals go through when they try to change their behavior. The stages are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Understanding where a client is in these stages can inform a licensed clinical social worker's treatment approach and support the client on their journey towards behavioral transformation.