Hypothetical Working Agreement

Hypothetical Working Agreement
Elizabeth Osorio
BSHS 322
June 13, 2010
Melonie Jones

As per Murphy & Dillon (2003), working agreements can be formally written and contractual, or they may be informal, unspoken shard visions of what the relationship and the work will be like.   Whatever the level of formality and concreteness, working agreement are usually composed of at least four parts: assessment, the setting of goals, the negotiation of contracts to meet these goals, and plans for the periodic evaluation of the work.   When the clinician helps set specific realistic goals for the client and closely reviews the effects of it the client will be benefiting from all aspects of it.
Assessments involves gathering and analyzing information about clients, the story to date, and contextual or larger system influences affecting the client and the story Murphy & Dillon (2003).   Questions of which are composed of who, what, where, when, why, and how, helps the clinician gather information that will help the client with their treatment planning, use for determination of eligibility, and referral’s.   by doing this the clinician has a better idea on how the client handles current situation and what effects the situation is causing to the clients normal functioning.
Setting of Goals:
Goals express the desired outcome of the working relationship agreed upon by clinicians and clients.   The goals are set by working from a strength perspective what clients do well and want to sustain or enhance and what issues need to be addressed or what problem need to be solved   Murphy & Dillon (2003). It is a good idea for the clinicians to make sure that the goals that are being set for the client are SMART Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Measurable: The client needs to establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. Attainable: When you identify goals that are...