The 12 Key Components of the Integrative Client Centered Model are:
- Boundaries and Expectations
- CSI Model of Conflict
- Temporary Attachment Figure (Leader)
- Integrative Listening
- Support Decision Making
The 12 Key Skills of the Integrative Client Centered Model, short-statement list:
- Boundaries and Expectations. Set and maintain ethically appropriate boundaries and expectations based on the party’s abilities. (Common to most counseling models.)
- Equipoise. Seek closeness and oneness with the client’s needs and perspectives, while maintaining professional distance and poise mindfully, before taking action.
- Model of Conflict. Conflict science helps professionals understand why people do what they do, and think the way they think. The Model of Conflict is based largely on the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM), many components of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and on many fields of study including attachment, neuroscience, psychology, and family systems.
- Temporary Attachment Figure (Leader and protector). Protect the client from danger and (ethically) comfort them after exposure to danger. This involves using all of the 12 Key Skills to provide a safe and supportive environment. (This includes the concept “therapeutic alliance” as used by the mental health field.)
- Integrative Listening (CUP of COCOA RNV). Listen to clients with Connection, Understanding, and Presence, and by Caring, Observing, with Curiosity, Openness, and Acceptance, and with Reflection and awareness of Nonverbal communication. Skillful listening helps the clients feel safe so they can optimize access to multiple neural systems (integration).
- Emotions. Identify, validate and help manage (or co-regulate) client emotions on a granular level, and in relation to exposure to danger.
- Needs. Understand and recognize client needs, focusing first on protection, safety, comfort, and relationship.
- Self-reflection. Use self-reflection as a tool, for both
the client and professional, for learning and optimizing decision making.
- Integration. Promote integration of information types and various neural networks before expecting the client to engage in decision-making.
- Edumotication. Educate the client about legal and extralegal issues, and motive toward optimum choice.
- Support Decision Making. Give or support choices (as appropriate) and let the client make as many decisions as possible, and supporting their decisions.
- Action. Ethically pursue the client’s choice of action.