One thing I LOVE to share most when working on documentation with fellow therapists is this one simple shift in creating goals.
And just what is this shift?
Well… instead of saying what we’re NOT looking for we need to shift our focus to what we actually want to see from the child.
Consider this - if we have a goal where the child is going to “decrease sadness and tearful episodes” but then the behavior shifts to aggressive and rage episodes has the goal really been met?
Well on paper mayyybe, but I would bet that both the parent and the child wouldn’t say this is where therapy should end.
And creating goals this way? It paints a beautiful and hopeful picture of what is going to be happening in the child’s life when they no longer need the support of therapy.
Now, therapists aren’t magicians and we also make no guarantees or promises that life will be perfect (no child’s life is!) or that therapy will yield specific results. But one of the most powerful things about setting up goals this way is it increases hope, which is a significant factor for increased therapeutic engagement.
So, if you struggle with this or are new to this way of setting goals I wanted to share this absolutely FREE Download of 12 Resilience Focused Goals for goal areas of emotional regulation, self esteem, anxiety, and depression.
These are broad umbrella goals to use as a springboard for you to customize to your real-life-in-session clients. If this could help you in your practice grab your free cheat sheet HERE!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,