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The Good Way model was developed out of concerns that mainstream cognitive models of practice did not meet the needs of clients with cognitive challenges.
Many of the approaches were too complex, even when adapted for this client group.
It was our experience that even seemingly simple tasks, such as asking clients about their thoughts or feelings, was overwhelming for those who both struggled with the reflective skills to perform these tasks, and are more likely to have experienced trauma, which compounded their difficulty.
The Good Way model proposes that everyone has a “Good Side” and a “Bad Side”, and that listening to and taking notice of one side or the other will lead us to act “the Good Way” or the “Bad Way” to meet our needs.
These actions may be helpful and positive, or harmful and negative, and the outcome (or “what happens after”) will take us towards, or away from our Good Life.