Specific goals that the worker and the family agree upon must be:
- well-defined. The goal must be clearly understood by the client.
- observable. You must be able to tell when the goal has been achieved.
- realistic. The goals must be achievable within a given time frame and take into account the client's current education, skills, and experience.
- agreed to by the client. Do not assign goals to the client. Instead allow the client to choose goals they feel are appropriate. Assist and guide the client in setting goals.
For each goal set, help the client develop steps which, when achieved, help the client reach their goal. Steps must reflect specific accomplishments on the way to achieving the goal. Steps must have expected completion dates.