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Utilizing Goals in the Process of Change

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146776.003.0005
 Utilizing Goals in the Process of Change

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This chapter moves beyond the goal-setting stage to describe the process of utilizing goals in the change process. When participants report positive changes as a result of their goal work, techniques that can further amplify, reinforce, and expand those positive changes are discussed. The chapter also provides detailed pragmatic suggestions to assist participants who report that the goal is not helpful, or there is no change, or they have not worked on their goals. The assumption is that client's response to their goal work is simply a response and there is no good or bad response. The important question is how to utilize their responses in a beneficial way. The chapter discusses the importance of helping clients notice “unnoticed” small changes or unanticipated benefits by reviewing details of the behavior, re-evaluating the personal relevancy of their goals, and the use of language in search for the useful aspects of clients' efforts. The importance of being persistence and collaborative is reinstated.

Keywords: utilizing goal; reinforcing change; expanding change efforts; good response; bad response

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