18. The Elaboration of Positive Goal Perspectives (EPOS): An Intervention Module to Enhance Motivation

  1. W. Miles Cox2 and
  2. Eric Klinger3
  1. Ulrike Willutzki and
  2. Christoph Koban

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979952.ch18

Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems

Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems

How to Cite

Willutzki, U. and Koban, C. (2011) The Elaboration of Positive Goal Perspectives (EPOS): An Intervention Module to Enhance Motivation, in Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems (eds W. M. Cox and E. Klinger), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979952.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2AS, UK

  2. 3

    Division of Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, Morris, 600 East Fourth Street, Morris, MN 56267, USA

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749265

Online ISBN: 9780470979952

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Keywords:

  • Elaboration of Positive Goal Perspectives (EPOS) - intervention module enhancing motivation;
  • positive goals, relevant for a person - goal achievement, fulfilling a life situation;
  • clients at the beginning of psychotherapy - demoralized and helpless;
  • elaboration of positive perspectives (EPOS) in psychotherapy - helping clients and psychotherapists;
  • resource orientation in psychotherapy - a person's current intrapersonal and external possibilities;
  • goal of imagery phase, developing positive life perspectives - attention away from actual problems;
  • demoralized persons' focus on current problems - seeming uninvolved in imagery;
  • goal-setting phase, elaborating and analyzing - person, concrete goals and connections;
  • development of positive goals - in therapeutic process;
  • different exercises and role plays - feel self-confident, when talking with unknown people

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Conceptual and Empirical Background

  • The Structure of the Exercise

  • Empirical Assessment of the Outcomes of the Goal Elaboration Process

  • Final Remarks

  • References