Homework in Treatment

Homework in psychological treatment refers to therapeutic activities completed between consultation sessions, which are collaboratively designed by the clinician and the client to promote progress toward therapeutic goals. Homework tasks provide clients with the opportunity to independently practice and extend the skills learned in therapy to the situations of their everyday lives.

Homework in treatment differs fundamentally from homework assignments that occur in education and school contexts, both in the way it is administered and in the way it is assessed. Homework in education contexts is usually prescribed, whereas it is collaboratively designed and planned in therapy. In school, homework assignments can be “passed” or “failed,” whereas in therapy a completed homework assignment may not be necessary for clinical utility.

A central issue for clinicians is ...

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