Assessing Strategies towards Goals

Egan and Reese suggest several ways of helping clients choose one strategy from an array of possible strategies for achieving a goal. One method they illustrate is the balance-sheet method (pages 359–362) as a way of discovering issues that may not have been considered and coming to a decision about a change strategy.

Choose a client’s presenting problem you may encounter in your upcoming clinical experience, and use the balance-sheet method to explore the issue and help you decide on the choice of a strategy to address the problem. Employ Egan and Reese’s methods—you may tailor the questions you ask, but be sure to look at pluses and minuses for the person and for the person’s significant others. Do not use a personal, family, client, or friend problem, due to confidentiality concerns.

In your Egan and Reese text, review the following:

Chapter 11, “Stage III: Planning-Help Clients Design the Way Forward,” pages 343–382, which talks about the process of turning possibilities into goals and how those in the helping professions can be trained to help clients develop best-fit strategies and formulate viable plans.


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