FAQ: How Do I Effectively Respond to Risk Behaviors?

Now that I have asked the questions, how do I effectively respond to the risk behaviors that have been shared with me?

Since the RAAPS is a screening tool, not a diagnostic tool, it is recommended that protocols for risk intervention and referral should be established prior to implementation. For professionals using the online RAAPS, health messages will appear based on the risky behaviors identified by individual youth. These health messages can be used as a resource when providing risk reduction counseling. Messages have been created based on current literature and include teen friendly ideas for changing behaviors as well as self-efficacy messages. Click here for more information on how to improve your skills in motivating adolescents to change their risky behaviors through training.

Did you know?
At Possibilities for Change, we train teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other professionals in effective communication strategies by offering the Improving Adolescent Health by Motivating Change workshops. You can choose a format that works best for you: a 4 hour, 1 day, or 2 day workshop. This interactive training teaches you to use motivational interviewing strategies which improve your ability to identify risk behaviors, communicate effectively, and motivate adolescents toward positive behavior changes. Read what professionals have said following participation in the workshops.

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