Module 2: Checking Out Priorities and Setting Goals
Module 2 of the Parents Under Pressure program provides feedback
on the assessment, arrives at shared goals to work towards, and
develops a way of monitoring progress towards goals. This module
also looks at the potential involvement of partners or other carers
in the PuP program.
Feedback to the parent provides a further opportunity to strengthen the message that parenting is influenced in many ways. This is also an opportunity for the PuP Therapist to highlight the strengths and problems of the family.
Identifying the priority areas to be targeted is the first step in developing goals for the family. The next step is to break the goals into specific targets that can be measured and monitored. Monitoring progress is an important element of effective therapy (Lambert, Hansen, & Finch, 2001; Tryon & Winograd, 2001). To facilitate monitoring, we have developed online goal setting and monitoring tools that are available to PuP Therapists currently undergoing PUP training and Accredited PuP Therapists.
Lambert, M. J., Hansen, N. B., & Finch, A. E. (2001). Patient-focused research: Using patient outcome data to enhance treatment effects. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 159-172.
Tryon, G. S., & Winograd, G. (2001). Goal consensus and collaboration. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38(4), 385-389.