A mutual agreement between the client and the dietitian on a plan with identified goals is an essential part of every counselling session. Clear and achievable goals that allow for a review of the client’s progress (Monitoring and Feedback) at a next appointment can lead to effective behaviour change. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals have been shown to have a positive effect on client behaviour.
See how the dietitian leaves it up to Eric to decide which areas he would like to work on, while stimulating him to make the goals more realistic than the previous time.
Note how the dietitian stirs Alice towards setting a SMART goal.
Watch how the dietitian explains to Queenie what a SMART goal is. She also makes use of worksheet and supports Queenie in the thinking process of setting goals.