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Brief Family Therapy Center: Solution-focused Brief Therapy
Guidelines for Well-formed Treatment Goals
They are described in social interactional terms.
They have contextual or situational features.
They are described as including the presence of some behavior(s) as the start of something rather than the end of something.
They are small rather than large.
They are salient to the client and, through negotiation, salient to the therapist.
They are described in specific, concrete, and in behavioral terms.
They are described in terms of positive indicators of success rather than as the absence of problems.
They are both realistic and achievable.
They are perceived by the client as involving “hard work” on his/her part.
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