Foundational to Brief Health Counseling
are the 5 A's
These five simple concepts form the
basis of your interview:
Ask about your client’s lifestyle. Ask about a behaviour that could be putting their health at risk (or the behaviour you think the client would be willing to talk about).
Advise the client about your concern, personalizing it to them.
Assess the stage of change of the client. This will guide the remainder of the BHC.
Assist the client to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, using an intervention appropriate to the client’s stage of change.