Coherence between goals and therapeutic homework of clients engaging in recovery-oriented support.

Objective: Our goal was to develop and pilot a methodology that could reliably identify therapeutic homework tasks that are coherent with the goals of individuals receiving mental health recovery support. Method: The content of goals and therapeutic homework tasks of 66 clients were classified using the Camberwell Assessment of Need Goal-Action Plan (CAN-GAP) taxonomy. Goal-homework pairs were considered coherent if the content of the homework and goal were both independently assigned the same content domain. Results: The content of the goals and homework tasks were found to be highly coherent, with a 75% match in categories. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: It is possible to simply, and reliably, determine whether the content of goals and homework tasks are coherent. Lower coherence would require support workers to spend more time making the connection between homework and goals more explicit. Future research should determine whether higher coherence leads to greater goal attainment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)