Goal Systems: An Organizing Framework for Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning

Paul Karoly

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It is proposed that psychodiagnostic data gathering could be made more relevant to the ongoing process of intervention through the use of a goal systems conceptual framework and a goal-centered assessment program. An overview of the emergent conceptual model and a flexible approach to measurement preceded a clinical case illustration and a brief discussion of how the goal systems perspective can help the assessor (a) gather key information concerning client motivation and (b) integrate diverse and even conflicting data deriving from multimodal input sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-280
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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