Sunday, June 29, 2014
What are the stages of therapy? Describe each stage and its goal.
The development and treatment goals stages involves a psychologist informing a patient of treatment goals by a means of using either formal or less formal instruments for completion of such a process. The goal of this stage is to outline a treatment plan. The implementation of treatment stage involves a psychologist implementing the treatment plan with his or her patient. The goal of this stage is to meet the actual treatment goals. The evaluation of treatment stage involves a psychologist making an evaluation of his or her patient's treatment to determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan, and to determine if it should be altered or terminated (Plante, 2011). The termination of treatment stage involves just that, a psychologist terminating a his or her patient's treatment plan once treatment goals are completed. The follow-up stage involves a psychologist following up with his or her patient to determine if achieved changes were maintained after terminating treatment.
Plante, T.G. (2011). Contemporary Clinical Psychology (3rd ed). Hoboken NJ: Wiley & Son