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Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Goal Setting
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