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(p. 161) Goal-oriented practice
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(p. 161) Goal-oriented practice
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Duncan Law

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10.1093/med-psych/9780198793687.003.0008
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date: 18 December 2018

This chapter focuses on the application of goals and goal-setting in goal-oriented practice. It sets out goal-oriented practice as a therapeutic ‘stance’ and not a therapy model, and sets the clinical context for goal-oriented practice. The chapter explores how service systems and structures can support goal-oriented practice. Goal-oriented practice is defined as any therapeutic encounter that works towards helping the person move towards what they want to get from therapy. A ‘goal’ is considered shorthand for ‘what I want to be different if therapy is successful’. Its emphasis is on co-producing explicit goals for therapy that can then be revisited and tracked throughout an intervention. Therapists need to be realistic and pragmatic about the goals that are achievable in therapy and be cognizant to the complexity and adversity in the real-world contexts in which many of our clients strive to reach their goals.

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