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Counseling Alcohol (MPU)

Your Situation

If you have selected this web site, you probably have lost your driver’s license due to a DWI. In this case it is irrelevant, if you have attracted attention by obtaining one high part per thousand, or two relatively lower blood alcohol levels. It is also possible that you did not drive with the car, but used a bicycle. There is even the option that you still posses your driver’s license, but expect to lose it soon.

Your driver’s license office will look into your case carefully, will obtain an actual certificate of good conduct (Berlin) and a summary of points (Flensburg). It will then decide according to the special circumstances, if you need an MPU or not. In many cases, this can already be decided by inspecting the records. Sometimes, it is necessary to phone the person dealing with your affairs at the driver’s license office.

Let us therefore assume that you do have to present an expert evaluation concerning your ability to drive and that you want to prepare yourself thoroughly for it. Are you looking for an expert who can help you along the way? A partner who understands your sorrows and fears, your difficult professional, or maybe even private situation: someone who supports you and escorts you on your way to your driver’s license? Then you are just right here on this site and should read on.

The Informative Consultation

My individual counseling is balanced to your needs. In a first informative consultation, we will get to know each other. I will be able to get to know your case, to study the files, and I will be in the position to present you with an overview about what you will have to expect in the MPU. You will learn about the criteria of a positive MPU, and will understand, what you will be asked for on the day of the MPU.

Do you totally have to stop drinking alcohol, or is controlled drinking the better way? Do you need a liver count? Does the expert require you to present a preparative counseling? Is it necessary to visit a self-help group, and what kind of probation periods do you have to reckon with?

If these items are clarified, it is already possible to give a recommendation at the end of the informative consultation. You will be told, if and when an MPU would be a good idea. According to your situation, we can then arrange a counseling instantly, or – if this makes sense – at a later time.

The Counseling (MPU-Preparation)

Module 1. Biographical Sketch

The counseling starts with a biographical sketch. It has turned out that your chances to receive a positive expertise rise, if the expert understands your personal situation. I also can better adjust my certificate of your participation to your personal needs. Don't be afraid. You decide what you want or don't want to say. In an expertise you also only have to tell the expert as much as he needs to reasonably understand your case. I am by your side and would like to help you. In a climate of mutual respect and trust, we will soon find connections and personal experiences which are prone to have high explanatory value in any expertise.

Module 2. Analysis of the DWI

Typically questions concerning the drunken driving obtain an important position in the first third of an expertise. The expert wants to know what has happened then and why it has happened: he will ask you, why you drank (so much) alcohol, and why you drove. He also is keen to find out, how you felt at that moment. In our counseling, we will critically analyze these questions and will discuss important concepts which you can then use in the MPU. You will be able to name the causes and background of your drunk driving without arousing suspicion to talk your way out of it. Of course, we will calculate your consumption of alcohol at the day of your offence, e.g. we shall test your memory using the best scientific formulas to hand you a competent information for the MPU.

Module 3. Drinking Past

In case of a high blood alcohol concentration, the expert usually assumes an increased alcohol tolerance. This does not mean that you must have consumed big amounts of alcohol every day, but it means that you regularly have consumed alcohol in the past or that you have taken greater amounts of alcohol (binge drinking) in relevant periods of time. You certainly would not be the only one in our society to do so, and normally an earnest statement of earlier amounts of alcohol should not be a problem, but experience shows two things.

On the one hand, clients are often afraid to disclose their real drinking behavior, as they are afraid to be labeled as alcoholics. On the other hand, experts prefer a certain kind of presentation of the drinking past. If you don't succeed in it, the expertise will have a negative result despite your best intentions.

But don't be afraid. Together, we will work out a drinking curve that equally corresponds to the truth and to the formal expectations of the expert.

Module 4. Drinking Motives

Why-Questions are always delicate in the MPU and difficult to answer. Why did you drink alcohol at all? Why in the respective quantity? On which occasions and over which periods of time? Which kind of alcohol have you preferred? If you can answer these questions concerning your drinking past, e.g. if you can explain your alcohol consumption in accordance to your biography, the expert will confirm that you have the necessary awareness of problems. You have realized the "meaning", the "role" of the alcohol in your life and you have critically confronted you drinking past.

Module 5. Alcohol problem and alcohol dependency

With several questions, the expert will try to investigate your self-assessment. Did you have an alcohol problem? Have you developed an alcohol problem or have you even been dependent, and if yes: physically or mentally? Do you think that you drank too much, and do you believe that you had your drinking under control? Here, we are supposed to check, if your self-image, e.g. your retrospective assessment of your own alcohol history, corresponds with the reality the expert has explored beforehand. Questions of this kind are delicate as well, since often the use of terms result in misunderstandings. I will help you to avoid these misunderstandings. You will be able to adapt your answers to the language of the expert, e.g. to translate them into the very special terminology of the expert.

Module 6. Changes and motives of abstinence

As important as your own past may be in the MPU, it does not by itself suffice to obtain a positive expertise. For many people know that they drink too much, but don't change anything. The expert will therefore especially be eager to check if and how you changed your drinking behavior. In most cases, a strict abstinence without the consumption of alcohol-free beer is advisable in the time of reliability, e.g. the period between the DWI and the MPU. The client has to prove that he is seriously engaged and able to say 'no' among friends, in a word that he is stronger than the alcohol.

Only the one who successfully passes this test with himself, has got the chance receive a positive expertise. Therefore different periods of abstinence are required, ranging from 6 months to a full year. Don't expect to easily obtain these abstinence periods by fraud. The expert can check the credibility of your statements via non-verbal signals, experienced changes or abstinence motives. He can also consult the EtG, a medical marker to make your abstinence claim more plausible.

If you are ready to renounce the alcohol for a certain time period - and why not longer - you have excellent chances in an MPU.

Module 7. Relapse Dangers and Avoidance

The last third of an MPU is concerned with the future. You are surely correct maintaining that this part should be inquired more prominently, but it belongs to the tradition of the examination that only once the past has thoroughly been checked, the prospects for the future can unfold. Since many clients have unfortunately suffered a relapse, e.g. have committed two or three DWI's, the expert will painstakingly try to find out, if you are aware of that danger resp. what you intend to do to prevent another drunk driving. Here, it is not sufficient to say that you don't want to drink alcohol any more. Your have to present the foundation of your decision, i.e. your personal stability, and you have to explain in detail that necessary changes have occurred in your life, your leisure activities, your handling of problems, or your circle of friends. You also have to show that you have successfully implemented concrete avoidance strategies.

Prospects of success

Don't hold this meticulous questioning against the expert. He wants to make the right decision, e.g. he want to find out if you rank among the sincere and motivated drivers: those who have honestly worked with themselves, or if you belong to those who want to cheat their way through an MPU. If you possess the cited honesty and motivation, you are an excellent candidate for an MPU counseling. If you have completed my course, if you have studied the information of our flipchart, and if you have also met the necessary conditions and reliability terms of your case, then you have excellent chances of a positive expertise.

Time frame

As you can see, not only the course takes its time. Reliability periods have to be met. Therefore it is advisable under all circumstances to make an appointment for an informative consultation. This does not oblige you to take a full counseling. You will just get early important information. You will save a painful loss of time and money, and you will know what is in front of you and what you yourself can do. It is a pleasant side effect of the counseling that with timely contact, the waiting period imposed by the court can – without extra costs – be shortened.

Therefore don't wait! Call me!
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Scope of the Counseling

The individual counseling alcohol (MPU course) generally consists of 8 one and a half hours coachings. Sometimes more sessions are needed. This is especially the case, if in addition to the drunk driving, you have committed violations against traffic regulations or the criminal law, or if there has been a drug offence. Usually the informative consultation will show, how many extra sessions are to be reckoned with. Sometimes phone calls to your driver's license office will bring clarity. I will gladly carry them out for you.

Costs of the Counseling

The individual counseling alcohol containing 8 one and a half hours coachings will cost 95 Euros per session including certification of your participation. To compensate for the effort of a first phone contact and the informative consultation, I would kindly ask you to bring 95 Euros to this first appointment. Should you later consider an optional text examination, this amount would become payable a last time.

Certificate or Participation

I know that you have to earn the money for a MPU counseling, and I want your investment to be worthwhile. I want you to profit personally from the course to be able to go into the examination with a happy and anxiety-free spirit. I also want you to be understood by the expert who shall competently assess your case from the beginning. Therefore every client will receive an individual certificate of participation which names the relevant contents of the course and aptly presents your situation. Before entering the room, the expert will be able to form a valuable impression; the frame for an understanding examination is set. Employees of your driver's license office appreciate such a certificate, since it enables them to quickly justify a new examination, in case a negative one has already been issued.

Don't let this happen! Act in time! Call me and arrange an appointment for a first informative consultation. You will then know what you have to do to regain your driver's license with high probability.