USING CHANGE STRATEGIES FOR HEALTHIER BEHAVIOURS
See also SEMINAR OVERVIEW
WELCOME & WHY WE'RE HERE
Your Reason for Attending:
Why are you here? What are your needs?
What are your expectations?
What do you want to come away with?
How We Can Help:
By providing you with a critical understanding of recent and important research and program findings on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of health behaviour change efforts.
By helping you integrate the most recent theoretical examinations of behaviour change and the real world challenges of implementing and evaluating behaviour change programs.
By helping you identify the most relevant approaches to behaviour change intervention and assist with learning how to implement these most effectively.
By sharing and building upon our knowledge and insights gained from many years experience developing and implementing behaviour change programs.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
The Status Quo: What We Know
There are no right or wrong answers.
There are no simple solutions.
There are no clear cut, straight forward, 'silver bullet' approaches.
There are no all-inclusive theories.
There are no individual programs that have produced and maintained change over the long term.
There are no 'perfect' role models for program development, implementation and/or evaluation.
And We Also Know
There are many different theories, often conflicting with each other.
There are many different intervention approaches, often costly and ineffective.
There are many different and often conflicting solutions.
There are many one-off programs that purport success, but are rarely replicated and never integrated.
What We Can Do with This Knowledge
Seek consensus and trends in the research and program experience literature.
Look for overlap and integration of approaches.
Identify what makes 'sense' in terms of current trends, cultural and social norms, political climate, and economic precedence.
Think about your programs innovatively, based on what works.
Examine and integrate the implications of a broad range of theory and practical experience into your thinking, expectations, objectives, and program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Assist with the identification of possible modifications to existing programs to improve effectiveness.
How Are We Going to Do This?
By examining and analysing relevant theoretical frameworks, and assessing practical experience to identify the meaningful and appropriate strategies and tools for application in your programs. This takes place in two steps, as follows:
A. What is habitual behaviour?
Definition and understanding; the significance of habitual behaviour.
Examination of what produces and supports habitual behaviour.
Discussion of health-related behaviours, addictive behaviours.
B. What is behaviour change?
Definition and understanding; focus on health and safety behaviour change.
Examination of what influences and blocks behaviour change.
Exploration of reasons for and implications of changing behaviour.
Overview of attitudes, risk perception, and behaviour change.
Role of motivation, reinforcement, and punishment.
C. What can be learned from current theory and practice?
Overview of the theoretical study of behaviour change; focus on health and safety behaviour change theories.
Examination of the relevance of theory for behaviour change programs.
Examination of relevant behaviour change programs.
Examination of other criticla factors, eg., complexity, innovation.
What works and doesn't work in changing behaviour and why.
A. What behaviour change approaches can be successful in health and safety fields?
Examination of required conditions for effectiveness (critical success factors).
Identification of approaches and interventions.
Discussion of assumptions, expectations, and possible outcomes.
Discussion of benefits and risks, and implications.
B. How can these approaches be integrated into behaviour change programs?
Examination of relevant program applications and related benefits and risks.
Analysis of relevant programs with emphasis on lessons to be learned.
Group work to determine approaches and application of relevant interventions.
C. What goals can you set for effective behaviour change in your programs?
Investigation of goals and actions for integration into existing or new programs through group discussion, guidance, and modelling.
Identification of strategies for follow-up and ongoing assessment and support including feedback, incentives, and disincentives.
D. What else do you need or want from this program?
Assistance with dealing with other work-related challenges to applying what you have learned.