Guided Goal Setting in Therapy Towards Being Fully Functioning

RENGER, S. and MACASKILL, Ann (2021). Guided Goal Setting in Therapy Towards Being Fully Functioning. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 51, 357-364.

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This qualitative study considered whether the provision of a framework of potential goals based on Rogers’ idea of the fully functioning person would be of any benefit to therapy clients in their goal setting process. It also considered addressed whether client goal setting was methodologically acceptable to integrative therapists who used Rogers’ non-directive principles as the foundation to their approach. We provided a goal setting instrument to 9 therapists and 23 of their clients, enabling them to define therapy goals, and feedback on the process. The clients set their goals using the instruments, before having at least six sessions with their therapist. We then sought joint views on the process from the therapists through a questionnaire or an interview. The data from the responses were analyzed using Thematic Analysis. The majority of the therapists considered that guided goal setting using a description of the ‘fully functioning’ individual was helpful. In terms of the applicability of goal setting to an integrative approach based on non-directive, person-centered principles, the results were mixed and in some cases contrary to those expected. For example, some of the more directive therapists disliked guided goal setting processes, whilst the more non-directive therapists appreciated the approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology; Clinical Psychology
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Page Range: 357-364
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 11:07
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2021 11:45

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