As the term implies, a treatment plan outlines the expected course of treatment to address a client’s presenting concerns. Although few examples can be found in the formal professional literature, treatment planning is one of the commonly used written documents in 21st-century couples and family therapy. Widely regarded as standard practice in the field, treatment planning is arguably an ethical obligation in contemporary practice and is a central component to most licensing exams and agency documentation.

Treatment Plan Formats

Clinicians have several options for developing treatment plans in couples and family therapy, each serving different needs. Broadly speaking, treatment plans can be categorized as those used primarily for third-party reimbursement and those used for conceptualizing clinical interventions. Most clinicians will need to become skilled at both types ...

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