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Week 7 dq1 response 1 449

Kaylynn Wester

Establishing goals within a treatment plan is an important component, because “goals are central to achieving outcomes and working in systematic, process-oriented approaches” (Hepworth et al., 2016).  Goals function as establishing a client’s specific destination, which promotes change in the client’s circumstances, concerns, and/or needs (Hepworth et al., 2016). When creating goals, it’s important to implement SMART goals.  SMART goals stand for “measurable, action-orientated, realistic, and timely goals” (Hepworth et al., 2016).  The application of SMART goals makes client’s goals attainable by ensuring the client agrees to the outcomes, gives direction and focus, establishes appropriate interventions or strategies, makes the client accountable, and provides tangible information around the effectiveness of the intervention or strategy (Hepworth et al., 2016).  An example of a goal that uses the SMART goal technique includes: 

1) Run a mile at least three times a week to help with physical fitness  

2) Spend time with family by having a family game night at least twice a week for at minimum 1 to 2 hours 

These goals indicate the clients to engage in a specific action for a specific amount of time per week, making it measurable and realistic goal.  Goals that are vague or unrealistic will often result in the lack of interest or frustration by the client and the client withdraw from the treatment plan.  Additionally, vague or unrealistic goals will make it difficult for the social worker to track the client’s progress and success in the strategies and/or interventions presented.  An example of unrealistic and vague goals include: 

1)    Improve physical and mental health

2)    Engage more often in outdoor hobbies 

3)    Develop healthier behaviors


Hepworth, D. H., Rooney, R. H., Rooney, G. D., & Strom-Godfried, K. (2016). Direct social work practice: Theory and skills (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

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