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Negotiating Counseling Objectives. How to find efficient therapeutic objectives. Complaints vs. “Real Problems”. Complaint: Are expressed in general and permanent terms, by their own nature, they cannot be worked on, or resolved

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Negotiating counseling objectives

Negotiating Counseling Objectives

How to find efficient therapeutic objectives


Complaints vs real problems

Complaints vs. “Real Problems”

  • Complaint: Are expressed in general and permanent terms, by their own nature, they cannot be worked on, or resolved

  • Real problems: Are described in terms of actions, thoughts, and emotions, that are experimented in real and specific moments


Distinguishing abstractions from specifics

Distinguishing abstractions from specifics

  • Abstractions: Ideas or opinions that we hold about objects, people or events (interpretations, judgments). They tell us more about the person expressing them, than about the target person.

  • Specifics: Descriptions about perceptions or sensations


Pinpointing especificar

Pinpointing (Especificar)

  • Helps discriminate facts from generalizations

  • People can begin to understand themselves less in permanent terms like “low self – esteem” or “depressed”, and start to understand themselves like beings who think, feel, and act in a certain manner.

  • Find the what, how, when, and where


Exercise a or s

Exercise: A or S?

  • He looked at me and smiled

  • Appreciated his help

  • Wanted to be here

  • He said: “Can I help you?”

  • Worked towards the library

  • Spoke with three persons

  • Enjoyed my company

  • Got to know better

  • I felt a chest pain


Convert to specifics

Convert to specifics

  • Appreciated his help

  • Wanted to be here

  • Enjoyed my company

  • Got to know better


Differentiating thoughts emotions and actions

Differentiating thoughts, emotions and actions

  • Thoughts: Mental processing of experience through words or symbols (hard to specify). Emotions: Internal states like: blushing, arm heaviness, moisture on eyes (hard to specify)

  • Actions: Verbs (Easy to specify)


Focusing on a single event

Focusing on a single event

  • Specifying thoughts, emotions, and actions of a single event allows us to identify the processes involved

  • People usually talk in terms of abstractions, and this leads us to abstract solutions that do not get played out in reality


Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives

  • Goals: General and abstract expression of something we would like to achieve:

    • “I would like to feel better”

    • “I would like to have a better relationship with my mother”

    • “I would like to get in shape”

  • Objectives: Are specific, measurable, concrete

    • “I would like to cry half the times”

    • “I would like to sustain a conversation with my mother without fighting”

    • “I would like to be able to do 60 minutes on the standing bicycle”


3 characteristics of a good objective

3 characteristics of a good objective

  • What: What we would like to achieve

  • Where / When: Where will this take place / when will it be achieved

  • How much: How much is enough?

    I will wake up at 6:00am to arrive to the University on time, in the morning, for a month, starting today


Negotiating counseling objectives

Which one of the following statements complies with all the characteristics of a good therapeutic objective:

  • I will talk to my mother on the phone at least three times a week, for a month, starting new year's eve

  • I will heighten my quality of life compared to how I feel today.

  • I will be cured from my anxieties and obsessions within three months

  • I will lower the amount of cigarettes that I smoke to only two a day


Negotiating counseling objectives

Which one of the following statements complies with all the characteristics of a good therapeutic objective:

  • What: I will talk to my mother on the phone

  • How much: at least three times a week for a month

  • When: starting new year's eve


Negotiating counseling objectives

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