Child friendly adaptations of the GBO by Livvy Hall, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Livvy Hall, a Clinical Psychology trainee has adapted the GBO into a more child friendly version. The adaptation was developed whilst Livvy was on placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

This first adaptation is aimed at children aged 8 years old and under but may be helpful with older children to and those children who find visual cues more helpful than verbal instructions.

fig 1. Detail from the GOSH adaptation of the GBO for children aged 8 and under

PDF versions of the under 8s adaptation can be downloaded here

There is also a version aimed at 8 – 13 year olds

fig 2. Detail from the GOSH adaptation of the GBO for 8 – 13 year olds

PDF versions of the 8 – 13 adaptation can be downloaded here

The adaptations were made with permission from Duncan Law, the developer of the GBO. Like all the other GBO tools, the GOSH adaptations are licensed under ‘Creative Commons’ meaning it is free to download and use by anyone.

Cultural differences in goal-setting and GBO: please share your experiences

Goal-oriented practice and the use of the goal-based outcomes (GBO) tool has spread to a range of settings in physical and mental health in recent years.  It is used across Europe and in North America, Japan and Australasia and is being translated into different languages.  This spread means that the practice and the tools are increasingly being used across different cultures.  

We would like to hear from you about your personal and clinical experiences of using the GBO or goal-oriented practice with people across different cultures.

We are interested in things like:

  • What have you experienced in terms of different cultural attitudes to goal setting?
  • What ideas or techniques have you found helpful in explaining goals and the GBO?
  • What differences have you noticed in the sorts of goals that are set across different cultures?
  • What differences are there in peoples understanding of the concept of goals, goal-setting and rating goal progress?
  • What experiences have you had using the GBO with translators?

Please share your experiences via the ‘leave a reply’ link below or via the ‘contact’ page

Goal-based outcomes (GBOs): Version 2.0 available to download here

The goals-based outcomes (GBOs) tools have been updated.  The forms have the same content to previous versions but have been made clearer and easier to use.


They are relaunched under a Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA 4.0 making them free to share and use by anyone, for none commercial purposes, with appropriate attribution to Dr Duncan Law.  All three charts are available to download free of charge by clicking this link GBO version 2 March 2018 FINAL

Guidance on using the tools is available to download here

If you want to share your experiences of using GBOs please contact us via the contact page and we will consider publishing it as a blog

This page can be used to record therapy goals:

GBO pg2

This page can be used to track progress in sessions:

GBO pg3

This page can be used to track progress across sessions:

GBO pg1