Clinical Tip of the Week: Make treatment objectives measurable

Measure treatment objectives

When addressing treatment planning with your client, it is important to make your treatment objectives measurable. This allows both you and your client to assess progress in designated areas of the treatment plan. It can also help to substantiate to insurance providers the continued need for services by demonstrating that objectives are not complete and more time is needed for resolution.

Making objectives measurable can be as easy as making a simple adjustment.

Treatment plan goal without a measurable objective: John will process triggers that influence his risk of relapse.

Measurable treatment plan goal: John will identify 10 triggers for his substance use that he will address as part of his relapse prevention plan.