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Taking the Escalator 

Substance Use Therapy Tools

Harm Reduction

12 Step Alternatives

takingtheescalator.com      Addiction and Substance Use Resource

      Non 12 Step Motivational Harm Reduction Tools for Substance Use & Mental Health

About the Method

Taking the Esclator Methodology is Explained in Detail

in the Following Two Publications:

The Tools of Engagement:

The Taking the Escalator Counselor Handbook

MASTER THE METHOD: Starting Here:

The Tools of Engagement Intro - The Puzzle: Then and Now

Understanding the Escalator Method from a Theoretical Perspective

(The Escalator Method is a Combination of the following Evidence-Based Treatment Practices & Perspectives)

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The Stages of Change (aka the Transtheoretical Model)

Harm Reduction (HR)

Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)*

*The Escalator Method expands on the concept of COD's utilizing the more inclusive & enhanced idea of Coexisting Issues -

Intro to Coexisting Issues (COI)

ENGAGEMENT IS EVERYTHING

What is Engagement?

The Ideal Vs. The Real in Substance use Treatment

Examining Your Comfort Level

Engagement at the Intake/Assessment: Mission Impossible

Understanding the Key Roles of Insight & Motivation for Engagement in Counseling

THE TOOLS OF ENGAGMENT

Take Time to Engage

Just Be Nice

Let Go of Your Ego

Be Positive

Judging What it Really Means to be Nonjudgmental

Sometimes the Counselor Must be an Entertainer

Empathy is Your Lifeline: Never Let it Go

Candor and Honesty are Your Shield

Values

Values and CBT

Taking an Interest

Engagement: Illustrations and Analogies

Additional Key Thoughts to Always Keep in Mind

SPECIAL POPULATIONS, ISSUES and OTHER CONCERNS

Taking the Escalator: Evidence-Based Theoretical Basis

Working with Adolescents and Young People

Culture. Meaning, Purpose and Belief: Broadening the View - Understanding over Assumption

Integrating Coexisting Issues by Treating Substance Abuse and Mental Health Together

The Challenges of Working with Deceptive and Disingenuous Clients

Setbacks and Engagement: For Counselors

Engagement, Safety and Risk: An Assessment Framework

Challenges Helping Families with Substance Use Issues

Obstacles to Engagement

Escalator Methodology Overview and Engagement Skills List

Additional Articles and Excerpts for Counselors