Hypothetical Working Agreement

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Hypothetical Working Agreement

As mentioned by Murphy and Dillon (2003) any working agreement should have four essential parts; assessment, prioritizing, contracting, evaluation. By using these steps a clinician can understand the client problem and his expectations. At the same time the clinician can set a time frame in which he or she will expect the client to overcome the problem and achieve its expectations. Clinician and client will sign a written agreement that will contain everything both agree on and that will hold both responsible to comply with the agreement. Everything in the working agreement is to benefit and protect the well being of the client.


As mentioned by Herman and Knuth (1991) assessment is used by clinicians to better understand the problem that the client may have. Assessment is used to look for the cause of the problem so that goals may be set to overcome the problem.

When clinicians make an assessment, they can discover how the client thinks about the problem and the client's expectations for overcoming it. The clinician will be able to analyze the client's state of mind, emotional state, and how aware the client is of the problem itself. At the same time when clinicians are conducting an assessment on a client the clinician is collecting personal information, evaluating the treatment that may be needed and assessing if the client may need any special placement.


According to the Office of Human Resources SC (n.d.) after setting goals said goals will need to be prioritized. In doing this there are some considerations that need to be made; such as need, urgency, time, impact, and resources available to achieve said goals. When analyzing the need of a goal the client must know if it is something...