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Olympia, Washington


The Family Reconciliation Services intake form (Children and Family Services, Family Reconciliation Services Phase II) provides an excellent opportunity to ask solution-focused questions of families in distress that will allow for a productive meeting and orientation of the family to become more aware of their own resources, skills and abilities while addressing the serious challenges they typically face.

Asking the following questions will allow intake workers to start in a hopeful and respectful manner that can build rapport with family members rapidly and improve their chances for a successful outcome.

Hints: Keep in mind that you are asking questions that are difficult for clients to answer, so be patient. Once a family member gives an answer, ask for more examples, instances and details until they can’t think of any more.

Reason for referral (precipitating event):

After getting information about the precipitating event, several questions will orient the client(s) to defining what they want as well as what is wrong:


Mother’s Objectives (specific & behavioral):

(FRS Phase I: Solution-focused Questions, Page 2)

Child’s Objectives (specific and behavioral):

You can ask the child, depending on age and developmental considerations, most of the questions directed at the mother or caregiver. In addition, you can ask these child-specific questions,

Social Worker’s Objectives (specific and behavioral):

Goals for successful treatment, especially with a voluntary referral, are always negotiated rather than imposed unilaterally on the client(s). But, it may be necessary to point out requirements that must be met by law. If that is the case, ask the clients how they plan to accommodate those requirements in their goal picture rather than imposing the requirements independently of their goal.

Counseling History:

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