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(p. 87) Goals and psychotherapy research
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Georgiana Shick Tryon

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10.1093/med-psych/9780198793687.003.0005
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date: 18 December 2018

This chapter, ‘Goals and psychotherapy research’, examines goals in psychotherapy as they relate to clinical outcomes by surveying the extant research. Following a brief discussion of the importance of goals for personal development, the chapter focuses on research concerning the collaborative relationship between client and psychotherapist in goal-setting and effecting psychotherapy tasks to meet therapy goals, with particular emphasis on the client-therapist collaborative-outcome relationship. Next, the chapter reviews goal-psychotherapy outcome research for both adult and child/adolescent clients. The research presented is interpreted using clinical examples. The chapter closes with conclusions gleaned from the research reviewed followed by suggestions for practitioners.

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