speaking with the youth regarding future plans/goals and how therapy may aid in reaching those goals. This skill involves learning to set goals that are realistic, measurable, and support a positive behavioral change. Part of goal setting may also include thinking about potential barriers and how they can be addressed.
What should my therapist be doing?
- Discussing the benefits of setting future plans and goals with your child
- Explaining to your child the steps to goal setting including setting realistic, measurable, and positive goals
- Problem-solving with your child things that may get in the way of reaching his goal
- Practicing with your child how to set goals and track his progress
What should I be doing?
- Discussing your child’s goals with him and the things that might get in the way
- Encouraging and supporting your child to achieve his goals
- Praising your child for reaching parts or all of his goals
How will I know if it is working?
- Your child will feel accomplished as he progresses
- Your child will be able to show progress on his chosen goals
- You will be able to notice the progress your child has made toward his goals