11" x 17" poster. We have always loved this poem by Portia Nelson, “There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk,” and feel it epitomizes the Stages of Change. At our request, graphic artist, Peter Camburn, took the poem and created color and design to go with it.
The Stage of Change model has been incorporated into trainings on family violence prevention for over ten years. It is a useful theory about what we all go through when we decide we want to change a certain behavior.
The Stages of Change Model was originally developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente at the University of Rhode Island when they were studying how were able to give up their habits or addiction.
The idea behind “Stages of Change” is that behavior change does not happen in one step. Rather, people tend to progress through different stages on their way to successful change. Also, each of us progresses through the stages at our own rate.