Goal-based outcomes – helpful ideas tracker: the GBO-HIT


Sometimes we need to get helpful ideas and information that might help us make changes in the future. For some people, what they want and need is just get the ideas and information that they can use to put things into practice themselves what we might call self-help. For others they may want guided self-help with a practitioner who can coach and encourage change through.  For others still, they may want to engage fully in therapy as a process of change.

The GBO-HIT is a very simple way to track if clients feel they are getting the ideas they need to help them with the things they want to change.  It can be used to track if clients feel they are getting helpful ideas and can then be used to facilitate discussions about this.

The tool has a suggested goal: ‘I feel i have learnt as much as i need, to manage what i came for help with’ and also has space for more client led ideas or ‘learning goals’ that can also be tracked and discussed.  The GBO-HIT can be used along side the original GBO tool to track other goals the client may have

Tracking helpful ideas may not be useful for everyone – it was designed to be used with guided self-help interventions but is applicable wherever ideas and information or psycho-eduction is a focus of the work.

Free to download and use PDF copies of the GBO-HIT can be downloaded here

This page can be used to rate goals in each session


This page can be used to track progress over a number of session