ERIC Number: ED109549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Developing Individualized Behavior Change Goals with Clients: A Procedure.
Weigel, Richard G.; Uhlemann, Max R.
This document reviews 10 specific and sequential steps which have emerged as being particularly effective in assisting clients in developing individualized behavior change goals in psychotherapy. The therapist and client typically work through these steps together near the beginning of treatment, but only after the client has had the opportunity to ventilate the nature of his concern and to become aware of the therapist's involvement with him. The therapist introduces the task by explaining its nature and indicating that clients are often aided by the very act of expressing their concerns with a view toward specific behavioral change goals. Steps in the therapeutic process include setting of: (1) general goal; (2) behavior goal; (3) observable behavioral goal; (4) specific observable behavioral goal (limiting the scope of the behavior and designating the time, place, person, or context); (5) base rate; (6) criteria of failure; (7) reality check; (8) importance check; (9) contract; and (10) criteria for evaluation and renegotiation. Although the procedure was developed for individual behavior change, the same steps can be used effectively in group therapy. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (50th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1975)