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ERIC Number: ED410490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 60
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Increasing Family Commitment to Treatment Goals through In-Service Training on Goal Setting and Communication Skills.
Pope, Stan
A client's commitment to implementing treatment strategies is related to the client's commitment to achieving the treatment goals. However, treatment goals are often developed without full family participation and tend to be vaguely worded. These tendencies are addressed in this paper. A strategy was designed to increase therapists' skills in structuring the treatment planning process to increase client participation. That is, turning the process from a worker-generated treatment plan to one co-developed with the clients. The solution strategy consisted of developing and presenting a series of in-service workshops and follow-up interviews with the workshop participants. Analysis of results suggest that there were improvements in the participation of clients in the goal-setting process and in the development of objectively stated goals. Therapists reported that they were spending more time with clients; clients reported increased levels of understanding their problems and their causes. Although therapists were trained in the wording of treatment goals so that the goals were specific, observable, action oriented, and incorporated frequency and time elements, results show only modest improvements in this area. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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