An instructional intervention focuses on achieving a specific task by dividing the subject into a number of steps that should be followed, usually in order. This approach is commonly used in teaching, ‘DIY videos’ but in social work it’s used to help guide practitioners through a process such as the assessment process or helping people when applying for benefits or services.
The instructions depend on the subject and the formalised sequence of step are set up in a way that if followed covers the basics and gives the best results. As the steps are usually listed, it makes it easier to track progress. Some people may need more time or support than others to complete the tasks or if the task is complicated then training may be required. Once you become consciously aware of instructional procedures, you will notice that you will encounter them on a regular basis.