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Using Goal Attainment Scaling in Behavioral Health


Self Paced
Expires: March 13, 2026

Goal attainment scaling is a tool designed to help create goals that are both relevant to the individual and measurable as quality metric.

About this On Demand Training

Using Goal Attainment Scaling to Document and Track Person-Centered Outcome Goals in Behavioral Health

Goal attainment scaling is a tool designed to help create goals that are both relevant to the individual and measurable as quality metric. It’s a technique that has been around since the 60’s and has been used heavily in mental health, rehabilitation, disease management and geriatrics. In this training, you will learn to how to use goal attainment scaling to identify, track and measure person-centered outcome goals in a behavioral health setting.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify a SMART goal
  • Translate an individual’s SMART goal into a standardized scale (goal attainment scaling).
  • Use goal attainment scaling to document, track and assess goal progress overtime in a standardized way.
  • Identify best practices for implementing the approach with diverse populations.

Who Should Attend

  • Health care professional
  • Healthcare decision maker
  • Consultant
  • Health plans
  • Health systems
  • Wellness organization leverages in federal, state, employer


Daniela Lawton, MPH
Sarah Sweeney, MSW, MPH

Caroline Blaum, MD, MS

Continuing Education


In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This educational activity is approved for: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM , and 0.5 Nursing contact hours.*

This self-paced training grants 1.0 other Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.



The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:


Daniela Lawton, MPH: None
Sarah Sweeney, MSW, MPH: None
Caroline Blaum, MD, MS: None

Additional Planning Committee Members:
Cathy Beckner, MS: None
Lee Jennings, MD, MSHS: 

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.

This training is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and The SCAN Foundation. 

The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregiving, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit and follow @johnahartford. 

The SCAN Foundation envisions a society where all of us can age well with purpose. We pursue this vision by igniting bold and equitable changes in how older adults age in both home and community. For more information, please visit

Here is the course outline:

1. Resource

2. Recording

3. Attestation


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

CCE Other Certificate
Nursing Certificate
Physician Certificate
Certificate of Attendance
IPCE Certificate
Pharmacy Certificate
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