Better Outcomes Now Blog

Do We Really Care about the Therapeutic Alliance?

The therapeutic alliance is a robust predictor of ultimate outcome and is supported by over 1000 independent studies across models, modalities, and populations of clients. The alliance accounts for...

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Clientician Spotlight: Rachel Pinto, MS, LPC

  No, the title is not a typo, “Clientician” is a word coined by my friend and colleague, Dr. Jacqueline Sparks to highlight that client directed, PCOMS clinicians put clients first, privileging...

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On Becoming a Better Therapist: Socially Just, Relational Practice

I am very excited to announce that the third edition of On Becoming a Better Therapist has begun. There are a few differences that define the third edition. Perhaps the most obvious is that my two...

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Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

Occasionally, for reasons unknown, a researcher or researchers decide to make scholarship more of a vendetta than a scientific enterprise. Such is the case with O.K. Østergård and colleagues,...

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The Clinical Nuances of the Outcome Rating Scale

  The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), the measure of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (ORS), is quite different than other outcome instruments. It is an outcome measure, but it is also a...

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Doing the Outcome Rating Scale the Right Way

The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), the measure of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), is quite different than other outcome instruments. It is an outcome measure, but it is also a...

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The Outcome Rating Scale: A Horse of a Different Color

  The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), the measure of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), is quite different than other outcome instruments. The ORS provides a functional and...

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Why You Should Implement Routine Outcome Monitoring in Behavioral Health

Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) is gaining traction across behavioral health settings. Not only has research demonstrated increased therapy outcomes and efficiency, all three major accreditation...

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Psychotherapy Struggles with Social Justice

  Although there have been great strides regarding diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence, the psychotherapy field seems stuck regarding taking the next step in implementing social...

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The First Self-Rated Outcome Measure for Children: The Child Outcome Rating Scale

Giving youth a voice in therapy is given a lot of lip service. But just like privileging clients, when the doors are closed or the teletherapy begins, whose voice is really heard? This is especially...

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