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Goals of Therapy

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Updated October 31, 2008

Definition:

The goals of therapy provide a definite measurable outcome for the therapeutic process. These goals may include both primary goals (the basic desired outcome) and secondary goals (other benefits of the process). There may also be interim goals, which are smaller and occur at various stages of therapy.

For example, the primary goal may be to eliminate a fear of public speaking. The secondary goal may be to gain confidence in job interviews. Interim goals could include speaking with potential employers by phone and email.

The goals of therapy are outlined in the treatment plan. They are generally developed through collaboration between the therapist and the patient.

Also Known As: Therapeutic Objective
Examples:
The treatment plan for Jack's spider phobia included one primary and three secondary goals of therapy.
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