This module, adapted from the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor module developed by the USDA Special Project Grant, teaches home visitors about an effective strategy for helping a client move towards healthy changes in her life. The Three-Step Counseling Strategy uses open-ended questions, affirmations, and education to learn about a client’s goals for healthy changes, their readiness to make changes and to determine the information and education that would be most helpful to the client.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify three steps in the counseling process
  2. Demonstrate skills in using each step
  3. Demonstrate skills in using three-step counseling to determine a client’s readiness to make changes
  4. Identify appropriate times to make referrals or talk to a supervisor