MCC 670 – Treatment Plan

The purpose of a treatment plan is to address the "HOW of therapy" (Ingram 2012 p. 95).  It acts as a guide for the counselor throughout the therapy process.  When developing your treatment plan, it is useful to look at the information gathered from your IDI and ask how this strategy can help the client achieve their goals?  Or in other words, what problems is it designed to address?

MCC 670 – objective vs subjective

​Ingram, (2012) provides a clear differentiation between subjective and objective data in the following statement: “What the client tells you goes in [Subjective Data}…how the client tells it goes in [Objective Data]” (p. 83). In other words, the subjective section contains information pertaining to the client’s own story (Ingram, 2012, p7).

MCC 670 – Setting Outcome Goals

MCC – 670 Defining The Problem

"​The development of a list of problem titles involves two separate processes…"(Ingram, 2012, p41).  Ingram, (2012), defines a problem as "difficulties, dysfunctions, complaints, and impairments that are identified by the client" (p. 41).


​Ingram (2012) describes the problem identification process as involving two key tasks: defining “the presenting problem…[and developing a] comprehensive problem list” (p43). The BASIC SID comprehensive problem framework involves assessing the following areas: “behavior, affect, sensation, imagery, cognitive, spiritual, interpersonal, [and medical]” (p43). Developed by Arnold Lazarus in the 1980’s, this assessment method allows a holistic assessment of clients, without the influence of theoretical conceptualization in the process (Ingram, 2012).

Mcc670 – Metamodal Questions

Based on NLP which says that people create faulty mental maps of reality and fail to test these cognitive/linguistic maps against experiences from senses.  According to founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) individuals frequently have faulty conceptualizations of reality . In order to address this issue, metamodal questions are used in therapy to understand how a client constructs their personal representation of reality.

MCC 670 – Data Gathering

Ingram (2012) describes the intake interview as an assessment phase that typically occurs in 1-3 sessions. Oftentimes employers set specific requirements including a timeline for completion along with a predetermined format. However, Ingram (2012) states that the degree of structure and limitations on flexibility affect the client’s ability to engage in a storytelling process. Ingram (2012) defines problem solving as ideally involving minimal influence in order to gather information and identify the goals and problems. Testing a potential hypothesis exists as the initial stage of solution formulation in this process.

NCE – Group Therapy Overview

NCE – Contextual Family Therapy

​Developed by Ivan Boszormenyl-Nagy...interested in being over knowing (Metcalf, 2011) and believed people cannot be understood in isolation. He was interested in examining individual relational patterns and needs. Understanding the meaning we place upon our relationships is vital.

NCE – A family genogram

Genograms are diagnostic tools which therapist’s utilize to create a multidimensional illustration of family relationship patterns (Galvin, 2015; Metcalf, 2011). They help the therapist understand relationship patterns and the underlying history of presenting problems. While similar to family trees in many respects since they both provide a visual depiction of family relationships. What makes genograms unique, are they also depict the nature and quality of family relationship patterns across time (Galvin, 2015a).