Facilitating Objective-Setting in Behavior Therapy Through Social Mediation
Three therapists were monitored as to their writing of short-term behavioral objectives on weekly progress notes following family therapy sessions. After a baseline period all therapists were given a verbal prompt to set weekly objectives with their clients and to document this procedure on weekly progress notes. The second intervention, using a multiple baseline across therapists, entailed implementing a prescription sheet whereby each therapist documented in writing objectives to be accomplished prior to the next session. Results suggest that the initial verbal prompt produced an improvement in the objective-setting behavior for two of the three therapists; however, use of the prescription sheet brought all three therapists to near 100% performance in objective-setting.
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