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  Five A's

Foundational to Brief Health Counseling
are the 5 A's

These five simple concepts form the
basis of your interview:

one

Ask

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).

 

two

Advise

Advise the client about your concern, personalizing it to them.

 

three

Assess

Assess the stage of change of the client. This will guide the remainder of the BHC.

 

four

Assist

Assist the client to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, using an intervention appropriate to the client’s stage of change.

 

five

Arrange

Arrange for:

  • follow-up
  • referral
  • resources
  • re-assessment.

 

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