Goal Setting with Families. Erin Callihan, LSW, HSV Infant/Toddler Specialist, PA Key. Welcome!. Who are we? Home Visitors (nurses, family workers, parent educators, etc.) Supervisors Parents Who am I?. Objectives.
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Goal Setting with Families
Erin Callihan, LSW, HSV
Infant/Toddler Specialist, PA Key
Discuss how to partner with families and strategies to identify motivation for change.
Identify barriers to goal setting/achievement.
Discuss the characteristics of effective goals and how these align with the approach we use with families.
What is it that we want from families?
What does my program expect from families related to goal setting?
Do I use a goal setting tool that meets the needs of my clients?
Think about your own definition of goals.
How does this definition align with your program’s view of goal setting?
“A good goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.”
The first step is to partner with families…
Have a conversation with the family, not an interview.
Adopt an attitude of “not knowing” and “wanting to understand” the family situation.
Listen to and encourage different points of view with respect and without judgment.
Focus the conversation on strengths and successes.
Ask open ended questions.
The communication style and spirit involve person-centered, empathic listening (Engage), AND
There is a particular identified target for change that is the topic of conversation (Guide), AND
The interviewer is evoking the person’s own motivation for change (Evoke).
Based on 3 key elements:
Collaboration (vs. confrontation)
Evocation (drawing out vs. imposing ideas)
Autonomy (vs. authority)
Lack of direction/motivation
Fear of failure
Don’t know how to set goals/cognitive limitations
Mental illness/substance abuse
Other external barriers such as lack of financial resources, no transportation, no child care, etc.
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