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Is goal-setting essential for a good marketing and learning plan?

Posted by: Andrea Cashman on August 20, 2015 5:00 am

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It’s important to establish goals and goal-setting in your private practice to maintain a marketing and competency plan in order to grow or maintain your practice. Without goals, it’s easy to fall within a rut or status quo and this lack of growth will affect your practice in minor or major ways. Goals allow you to achieve certain objectives to fulfil your practice vision or dreams. These visions or dreams can include building your clientele or advancing yourself through specialization or expertise in the psychotherapy field. Sit back and ask yourself – What do I see when I envision my dream practice? Then ask yourself – How can I get there? What goals do I need to make?

Examples of some goals related to competencies may include ones that centre on delivering effective client care and establishing trust in the therapeutic relationship (which may be examined in client feedback and supervision etc.,), developing more sound knowledge of medical and psychiatric illnesses (through courses and reading), developing a learning plan that includes specialization or furthering your competency level based on the client population you counsel, developing your communication skills through learning basic counselling skills (if you are a new psychotherapist), or goals centred on professionalism or referral networking. Each of these goals listed above can be broken down into specifics and tailored to meet your preferences and desired outcomes. It’s important to list your goals as either short term or long term goals and to be easy on yourself if you do not meet a deadline in time. Goals can always be altered. Continue reading

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Be SMART About Setting Goals

Posted by: Curtis Stevens on March 28, 2011 10:45 am

The following are the opinions of the author and don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of the collective group of the CCPA

It’s March.  How well did you do on your New Year’s Resolution?  Are you still working on it?  Have you forgotten about it? Have you ever been in counselling and decided that “it didn’t work for you.”  Have you put any thought into why?

First off, one can argue that there are basically two reasons why people fail at meeting their goals:  1) Either they have no resolve at all, and it is impossible for that person to lose weight, stop smoking, be nicer, work harder, make more money, spend more time with family or whatever the case may be. Or 2) they are setting the wrong goals.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA