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A.) Establishing goals is a “critical step in plan development” (Woodside & McClam, 2018, p. 244). By establishing goals the client and professional are able to “focus on what the client is trying to accomplish before action is taken or services are provided” (Woodside & McClam, 2018, p. 244). Goals give the client something to work on in order to get to where they want to be. Goals need to be well-stated and reasonable and in order to make sure of this there are three criteria to follow. 1. “the goal should be expressed in language that is clear and concise” (Woodside & McClam, 2018, p. 244). This means to be clear on what you want the goal to be so there is no confusion. 2. “the goal should be unambiguous” (Woodside & McClam, 2018, p. 244), meaning there shouldn’t be any other interpretations taken from the goal stated. This goes along with number 1 about being clear and concise. Lastly, “the goal must be realistic and achievable” (Woodside & McClam, 2018, p. 244) so as not to set up for failure. When making goals it is important to understand the difference between a goal and an objective. Both are shown on the plan, however, they are different in that the goal states what is intended and the objective is the action taken.


Goal- Miriam will volunteer at local nonprofit agencies.

Objective- Miriam will fill out volunteer applications and make plans to volunteer once applications are accepted within 2 weeks.

Woodside, M. and McClam, T. (2018). Generalist case management: A method of human service delivery (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

B.) Goals are statements that describe a state, a condition, or an intent. For clients, a goal is a brief statement of intent concerning where they want to be at the end of process; for example, “Learn daily lining skills in order to live independently,”(Woodside and McClam 2013, pg.213).

1. The benefits of a goals: “Having written goals helps us focus on what we are trying to accomplish before we take action or provide any services” (Woodside and McClam 2013, pg. 215). “For accountability reasons, service provision is tied to outcomes. This makes writing goals a critical step in plan and development.”(Woodside and McClam 2013, pg 215).

2. Criteria for well-stated goals: “Three criteria help us achieve this. First, the goal should be expressed in language that is clear and concise; second, the goal statement should be unambiguous; and third, the goal must be realistic and achievable” (Woodside and McClam 2013, pg 216).

3. What is the difference between a goal and objective: “An objective is an intended result of service provision rather than the service itself. It tells us about the nuts and bolts of the plan-what the person will be able to do” (Woodside and McClam 2013, pg. 217). Objective give the direction we a headed, and they give the steps to achieve goals. Goals are the carrot or the pie in the sky the end result destination we want to reach. The objective is the process or correct planed steps that are measured out to finish.

Example of a goal: I want to be able to live and take care of myself..


1. Become healthy and more strong to get out of bed, eat healthy diet.

2. Learn to stand and walk again, learn to dress yourself.

3. Learn to speak again,

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