Treatment Planning for Change

By Philip Mongan

Developed in collaboration with social worker Philip Mongan, this course emphasizes the benefits of treatment planning on client outcomes and well prepares social workers to implement effective treatment plans within the therapeutic process.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 1 Credit
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to:


  • Better understand what a treatment plan is, its purpose, and the impact that treatment planning can have on client outcomes
  • Identify the various pieces of a SMART treatment plan
  • Differentiate between SMART and not SMART goals, objectives, and tasks
  • Construct SMART goals, objectives, and tasks
  • Understand the difference between passive and active goals and objectives
  • Identify what a golden thread is and understand two methods for assessing whether a golden thread is present.


You will earn 1 credit by completing this course.


Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.



Philip Mongan, Ph.D., LCSW is an associate professor of social work and the graduate coordinator of the Master of Social Work Program at Radford University. He holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky, an M.S.W. from the University of Georgia, and a B.S.W. from Bemidji State University. Dr. Mongan is the author of Creating Change in Social Work Practice: Four Essential Tools and Rampage School Shootings: Why They Occur and How to Prevent Them.