Goal Setting


When setting goals there are many things to consider...

Who is the goal for?

  • Caregiver
  • Child
  • Family
Avoid developmental goals as they do not allow the family to feel a sense of accomplishment​.

What is the motivation?

  • Intrinsic
    • Caregiver's internal motivation 
  • Extrinsic
    • Program
    • CPS
Goals that are important to the caregiver are more likely to be achieved​.

What type of goal is it?

  • Concrete: specific, detailed
    • I would like to get a job that is part-time
  • Abstract: vague, general
    • I would like my children to listen to me
  • Easy: a goal that will be easy for the caregiver to achieve
    • I want to go to bed at 11:00 pm 3 times per week
  • Difficult: a goal that will challenge the caregiver and may rely on effort and resources
    • I want to buy a house in the next year so that my family has a stable place to live.
  • Approach: moving towards getting or achieving something
    • I want to save money to buy a used car to improve my quality of life
  • Avoidance: setting a goal to avoid or prevent something from occurring 
    • I want to save money to buy a used car so that I don’t have to take the bus
During the goal setting process, you may need to provide feedback to the caregiver to clarify and make the goal a ‘good goal’​.

What size is the goal?

  • Large 
    • I want to buy a house
  • Medium
    • I want to put the baby in the crib to sleep every night
  • Small
    • I want to pack my children’s lunch before bed every night.

When can the goal be...?

  • Short term
    • I want to spend 20 minutes reading to my baby every day
  • Long term
    • I want to plan a Disney vacation for my family in the next year
The best goals are specific, important, moderately difficult, and achievable.