I would also evaluate if the client is ready to move on to the third step by considering what or who might prevent him from achieving his goals. This would be both a personal and professional assessment on the part of the client. He would have to think about the people in his life and who among these people would not help him achieve his goals. He would also have to think about his skills, his mental capacity, and his determination and to evaluate if these factors hinder him from achieving his goals (Egan, 1998). After the client has reviewed all these elements, then it is logical to conclude that he is ready to move on the stage 3 of the counselling process. By reviewing the above elements, I am able to gain a sign as to his mental, emotional, and psychological preparedness to meet the challenges of the next stage of the counselling process.
The dynamics involved between the counsellor and the client in order to develop programmes which would assist the clients to achieve change includes the adaption of the SMART strategy. The SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Time-framed) strategy in conceptualizing programmes help to ensure that the programmes would work well for the clients (Egan, 1998). In this dynamic, the goals set are specific enough and their effectiveness and applicability to the programme would be measurable. It must also be agreeable to the client and the counsellor. The programme is after all for the benefit of the client and it must be something he would be comfortable with. The programme must also be something which would work well for the counsellor because he would help implement it to the client. The programme must also be realistic (Egan, 1998). In this case, the activities and goals set must be achievable and attainable in the long-run. The goals and activities must not be too lofty and too ambitious for the