Goal Logic Worksheet

Person’s Situation:

GENERAL GUIDANCE: This worksheet is designed to help conceptualize and organize intervention planning for a person receiving services. It links together the Life Change Goals planned with and for the person, the early thinking about Intervention Strategies that will be used to bring about desired outcomes/ life changes, and possible ideas for Actions that could be planned to implement intervention strategies.

LOGIC OF APPROACH: The practitioner should first plan to meet any Compelling Urgencies requiring Immediate Action to prevent harm. After any such urgencies are addressed, focus next on any Life Change Goals related to Achieving Well-Being (e.g., safety, health, stability/permanency) and Goals related to Supports for Living (e.g., income, food, housing, health care). Once needs for well-being and supports for living are being met, the focus shifts to Goals related to adequate Daily Functioning and to fulfilling Key Life Roles. This progression of meeting essential needs and strategic life changes should enable the person to achieve and maintain an adequate daily life situation and gain greater independence from the service system. When selecting from among near-term goals and strategies, the practitioner should give priority to any Ready Opportunities for getting Early and Repeated Successes. Likewise, Priority should be given any important life outcome that could be easily and readily achieved, leading to Early Victories or Rapid Completions in life change efforts. The person’s Stage of Change with regard to the goals being chosen should be given consideration and guide the practitioner in the selection.

ORDER AND PACE OF POSSIBLE ACTIONS AND EARLY IDEAS FOR INTERVENTIONS: 1) Work from Urgent to Strategic, from Practical to Clinical, and from Outcomes to Actions; 2) Define Outcomes in opera- tional terms and then Select Intervention Strategies for their attainment; 4) Select Strategies having Ready Opportunities for Action; 5) Select Strategic Options that can Achieve a Rapid Outcome that Improves the Trajectory of the Person’s Life; 6) Sustain Motivation for life change by Gaining Early and Repeated Successes; 7) Select options based upon the person’s Stage of Change in relation to the Goal; and, 8) Avoid a Scope and Pace of Action that would Overwhelm the Person’s Life Situation and could Cause Resistance and Loss of Motivation.

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