HARM Mapping is a very simple tool with two key uses.
First it is a rapid way for mapping key life areas and provide some guidance around the degree of impact, and therefore their possible reaction, any change is likely to have on an individual, whether it is in organisations, family settings or clinical services. The more core areas that the change will impact, the stronger their reaction is likely to be.
Second, it can be used to help engage clients in clinical settings, especially those who are mandated or coerced into treatment are therefore reluctant to talk about the issue or reason for referral (e.g. substance use, addiction, agression, eating disorders etc). So instead, we look for the shadow of the issue on their lives and bring the issue into the conversation that way.
The four HARM areas are:
1) Health - as well as physical health including sleep and fitness, impacts can be upon the person's emotional and psychological well-being.
2) Activities - the meaningful activities for that person, which may be their work, home duties, hobbies, community groups, and more.
3) Relations - these are relationships with the significant people in the person's life, whether it is family, friends, work colleagues or more.
4) Material Security - a person's home and their financial security are often seen as the foundations of a person's life.
HARM Mapping can be used within a Motivational Interviewing framework and follows these four simple steps.
How to do it...
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