Exploring Motivation to Change with Residents


Developed by Deana Leber-George, Patrick E. Boyle, and Paul M. Kubek

This poster outlines a simple relational process (including stages of change) that promotes housing stability among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Display this poster in your workplace. Designed for a variety of housing services:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing Community
  • CPST Recovery Houses

Why Motivation to Change?

Stable housing gives people a foundation to succeed in recovery. There are many issues that might challenge someone's housing stability (e.g., symptoms, interpersonal conflicts, hoarding, not following rules). The way you respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their future success. Use this resource to build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work. Keep your attention centered on residents. Encourage their motivation to change.

We have also developed a smaller (8.5x11”) version of this poster as well as a reminder card that features 9 questions.

Download the large (18x24”) poster.
Download the small (8.5x11”) poster.
Download the (5x11”) reminder card.