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Introducing behaviour change techniques

Introducing behaviour change techniques: your personal toolkit to make it happen


Education can lead to good intentions to act, but sometimes this isn’t enough. Remember a time where you set yourself a target, but despite your best efforts you weren’t able to reach it. We have all been there before, for example, maintaining a healthy diet, being more active, drinking less alcohol, stopping smoking or saving up for holidays. You may even have had some success to begin with, but went back to familiar patterns of behaviour. This is because we are creatures of habit and these habits can be difficult to change. We’ve included a link at the bottom of this step to a research article which briefly discusses some of the issues around the science of behaviour change.

So, having good intentions are unlikely, on their own, to lead to action or behaviour change. The good news is that there are evidence-based proven ways that can help you and others to change behaviour. These include:

  • Goal-setting
  • Action planning
  • Problem solving
  • Feedback
  • Self-monitoring

We will introduce these behaviour change techniques throughout the course, providing you with templates and detailed instructions on how to use each effectively. Once you know how to use these techniques you can apply them to lots of different aspects of your life, including how you provide care.

Good luck and just have fun using them!

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Compassionate Care: Getting it Right

University of Dundee