Being an advocate for both mental health and living a healthy lifestyle, what are my boundaries as a future practitioner when encouraging healthy eating and other healthy alternatives?
I would say first you must know the clientele that you are working with. Try not to evoke your own beliefs and style that work for you unless you are dealing with someone within your age and ability. You have to tailor a plan and treatment for the individual which means no 2 will look the same.
Debbie Yoro MSW, LCSW
Debbie Yoro’s Answer
Learning to do motivational interviewing is also a helpful skill. It’s a style of talking with someone that doesn’t impose your own beliefs/ideas or thoughts without their permission. It helps clients know why they are wanting to change.
There are so many ways to have a healthy lifestyle. It relates to culture, environment, finances, proximity, and vulnerabilities. Being flexible to this is also helpful to maintaining boundaries.
While you are an advocate for mental health and healthy lifestyles, you can also help your client advocate for themself when they are ready to want to make changes.
Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:
I often encourage my clients to focus on the choices in their lifestyle as a way of improving their mood. Research in our profession supports this. You won’t be in conflict if are citing evidence based information. This will be true for all facets of your career.
Corinne recommends the following next steps: