Using the Five Stages of Change in Clinical Practice: A Guide for Licensed Clinical Social Workers

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.