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Chapter 10: Collaborative Influence: Achievable Goals Toward Preferred Outcomes
The practices of problem definition and assessment generate a rich picture of the current terrain, a clear statement of where we are now. This includes an account of what clients want less of in their lives and what they would like instead. These descriptions make it possible to take a more active role in facilitating movement because with understandings well coordinated between client and counselor, the risk of imposing solutions out of step with client purposes and preferences is greatly reduced.
This does not mean the practices associated with coordinating meanings with clients now come to an end, because the terrain will always continue shifting as the conversations progress. But the careful ...