Friday, September 3, 2021

Helping our patients to solve problems with the 4A’s

I’ve seen many patients, parents and kids who are stuck in “fight or flight” responses this week.

This is a simple strategy to help and “shift them”.

1. Genuine validation and normalization first.
2. Consider using the 4A’s with which to solve any problems.

1 Avoid
2 Anger/Aggression
3 Acceptance/Acknowledgement
4 Assertive with value based actions

Patients often already doing 1 and 2 i.e. fight or flight responses.

Hopefully with compassion, validation, creative hopelessness and choice point, we can shift to acceptance, acknowledgement, and assertiveness with value based actions.

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