Better Outcomes Now Blog

IN MEMORY OF DR. JACQUELINE A. SPARKS

Dr. Jacqueline A. Sparks, PCOMS co-developer, social justice advocate, critical thinker extraordinaire, university professor, journal editor, person who I would most like to be on my team behind the...

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Why Measure Outcomes? Because It’s the Ethical Thing to Do

The good news is that psychotherapy is effective with many clients. The bad news is that not everyone benefits. Behavioral health organizations need to accept the fact that some clients do not...

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There Are Now Ten Randomized Clinical Trials Demonstrating Better Outcomes with PCOMS

Ten randomized clinical trials (RCT) published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals demonstrate that the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) unequivocally improves outcomes and...

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Closing the Gap Between More and Less Effective Therapists

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, don’t read anything other than social media pablum, are part of a cult of some model, or just don’t think about or care about your effectiveness, you are...

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Do You Really Want to Know How Effective You Are? Many Don’t

There is compelling evidence from randomized clinical trials (RCT) that routine outcome monitoring (ROM) improves outcomes and reduces dropouts. Although there are many ROM systems, only two systems...

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The Session Rating Scale, the Alliance, and Cultural Humility

If you don’t have BON, the SRS (Download the paper and pencil form) is easily scored by measuring the client’s marks on the line in a similar fashion as the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS). Each line is...

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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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