Treatment planning refers to the process used to address identified client concerns, and is based on one’s conceptualization of client problems and on the diagnosis. It is the process of plotting out the counseling process by delineating the path from the client’s presenting concerns and underlying difficulties to alleviation of these concerns.

Treatment planning stems from the clinician ’s conceptualization of client needs and includes three (3) aspects: selecting achievable goals, determining treatment modes, and documenting attainment of goals It is one of the eight (8) core areas of knowledge and skills.