Stage III: Planning the Way Forward

The Three Tasks of Stage III

Mara and Carlos Revisited: Mara’s Goals

Task III-A: Help Clients Develop Strategies for Accomplishing Their Goals

Principles for Helping Clients Discover Viable Strategies for Accomplishing Goals

  • • Use Brainstorming to Stimulate Clients’ Thinking
  • • Use Frameworks for Stimulating Clients’ Thinking About Strategies
  • • Help Clients Determine the Kind of Working Knowledge and Skills They Will Need to Move Forward

Task III-B: Help Clients Choose Best-Fit Strategies

Bud’s Amazing Odyssey

Criteria for Choosing Goal-Accomplishing Strategies

  • • Specific Strategies
  • • Effective Strategies
  • • Realistic Strategies
  • • Strategies in Keeping with the Client’s Values
  • • Sample, Then Choose

A Balance-Sheet Method for Choosing Strategies Help Clients Link Best-Fit Strategies to Action The Shadow Side of Selecting Strategies

  • • Three Pitfalls
  • • Striking a Balance 342

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Task III-C: Help Clients Formulate Viable Plans

  • • The Case of Frank: No Plan of Action
  • • How Plans Add Value to Clients’ Change Programs Shaping the Plan: Two Cases
  • • The Case of Harriet: The Economics of Planning
  • • The Case of Frank Revisited

Principles for Humanizing the Mechanics of Constructive Change

  • • Build a Planning Mentality into the Helping Process Right from the Start
  • • Adapt the Constructive-Change Process to the Style of the Client
  • • Outline a Plan for the Client and Then Help the Client Tailor It to His or Her Needs
  • • Help Clients Develop Contingency Plans Ready-Made Action Programs
  • • Ready-Made Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence-Supported Treatments (EST)
  • • General Well-Being Programs: Nutrition, Exercise, and Stress Reduction
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