MAPS goals have three essential reasons that include progressevaluation, determining if the initial goals have been achieved anddevelopment of both the client and practitioner (Chang, Valerie,Scott and Decker 235). Goals provide direction for solvingproblematic issues that arise during execution of short-term targets.Stakeholders review challenges experienced in the light of MPASgoals.
Specific and measurable goals enable the practitioner and client toidentify changes that have taken place (Chang, Valerie, Scott andDecker 236). They assess the level of gain and interventions that arenecessary to achieve the desired results within a limited time.Measurable goals involve specific terms such as increase attendanceby 100% in January (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 237).Consequently, the client and practitioner are able to know when theyare underperforming or deviating from the initials goals.
Question # 2
A practitioner can demonstrate respect to a given client by provingregular feedbacks, being genuine and focusing on disturbing issues. (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 198). Listening attentively toclient enable a practitioner to obtain key information and it is alsorelaxing to the clients. The practitioner should not compel a clientto make decisions abruptly without his/her wish during contemplationor pre-contemplation stage (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 192).Providing the information requested without delay indicates that onevalues a client and is willing to cooperate for the benefit of all.During action stage, the practitioner should give his support toeliminate the client’s most disturbing issues (Chang, Valerie,Scott and Decker 193).
Client’s exploration is vital as it helps in determining his/herchallenges, the current situation, and motivation to change. Clientshave varied level of interest despite attending educative sessionsoften. Some of the clients may have limited interest to change,others ready to change and a few with no interest at all. Explorationgives the practitioner an upper hand in classifying clients intospecific categories (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 190). Moreover,by determining the situation and the challenges faced, a practitioneris able to know the level of effort needed to achieve the set goals.
Ending a professional relationship involves notifying the groupsabout the termination, summarizing all the accomplishments andformulating methods for building and sustaining the already achievedgoals (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 290). Notifying clients abouttermination is important as it prepares them psychologically.Summarizing achievement give a practitioner foundation for futuredevelopment. One is able to evaluate challenges encountered, anddetermine possible solutions. In addition, scheduling follow-upmeetings avail an opportunity for feedback exchange between theclient and the practitioner.
A practitioner should have the skills of identifying if moreinformation is needed about a client, expert level needed infollow-up and willingness of a client to working with them (Chang,Valerie, Scott and Decker 284). Some clients are problematic andrequire referrals. Addition information enables the practitioner tounderstand the financial background of the client or challenges facedat his/her residential area.
When a client is overwhelmed with challenges in his/her life, itbecomes difficult to concentrate on the practitioner’s motivation(Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 202). Consequently, thepractitioner must wait until the client is relieved, beforerequesting for major changes. Resources enable a client to solve manylife issues (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 201). For instance, oneis able to pay for school fees and family bills without struggling toaccess a loan. Furthermore, in cases of misfortunes such as anaccident involving a family member, one is able to settle hospitalbills easily. Without money, any slight increment of bills is likelyto affect concentration and motivation of a client (Chang, Valerie,Scott and Decker 201). Individuals who have hope believe that despitethe situation, they have the capacity and power to enhance theirlives (Chang, Valerie, Scott and Decker 202). Hopeful people are easyto motivate and work diligently to accomplish the desired goals.
Chang,Valerie Nash, Sheryn T. Scott, and Carol L. Decker. DevelopingHelping Skills: A Step by Step Approach to Competency.Cengage Learning, 2012.