Developing Useful Goals

Mo Yee Lee, John Sebold and Adriana Uken

in Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146776
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864805 | DOI:
 Developing Useful Goals

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This chapter describes the use of goals to create a context in treatment where positive change is expected to occur and accountability for changing one's behavior is established. The focus is on assisting clients in developing useful, personal meaningful goals that will provide clear indicators of change and facilitate them to take an active role in treatment. The importance of goal setting and mandatory clients is discussed. The chapter also describes diverse scenarios of goal development: (1) clients who have vague goals; (2) clients who have complex, undefined goal; (3) clients who have BIG goals; (4) the “I'm fine” client: client with no goals; (5) clients who have “politically correct” but personally unhelpful goal; and (6) clients who have difficulties coming up with goals. Excerpts from group sessions are included to illustrate the process of assisting clients in developing useful, well-formed goals.

Keywords: goal development; developing useful goal; mandatory clients; well-formed goals

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