Social work, occupational therapy, peer support specialists, interprofessional


Goal Attainment Scaling is a method for measuring an individual’s progress toward a given goal. It was used as part of an interprofessional workforce development program that trained social work and occupational therapy graduate students and peer support workers on meeting the mental and behavioral health needs of underserved communities. The purpose of this research note is to describe participants’ experience with Goal Attainment Scaling using data gathered from eight focus groups. Qualitative data were coded, and thematic content analysis was used. Four themes emerged that described participants’ experience with Goal Attainment Scaling: accountability, motivation, insight into developing own goals, and insight into developing client goals. Findings suggest that Goal Attainment Scaling may be a resource to support individuals in obtaining their learning goals about providing appropriate social services and enhancing their understanding of clients’ experiences with goal setting.

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