Better Outcomes Now Blog

5 Challenges Therapists Face

No one enters the mental health field expecting it to be easy. It is often difficult work, and just as often, tremendously rewarding. Being aware of the most significant challenges can help you take...

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Clients Who Made Me Better: First Lessons

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

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How to Improve as a Therapist

As mental health and substance abuse professionals, we concentrate intensely on client outcomes. Are they deriving benefit from the therapeutic relationship? Are they progressing towards goals? As we...

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Reliance on the Alliance, Part 4: The Client’s Theory of Change

Ideally, therapists should select for each patient the therapy that accords, or can be brought to accord, with the patient’s personal characteristics and view of the problem.

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Reliance on the Alliance, Part 3: The Tasks of Therapy

The alliance is the central filter of all your words and actions: Is what I am saying and doing now building or risking the alliance? Bordin (1979) classically defined the alliance with three...

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What Behavioral Health Accreditation Can Do For Your Organization

As behavioral health professionals, it is your goal to provide care of the highest quality. Compassion, and the quest for continual improvement, drive your organization towards greater efficacy - and...

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Reliance on the Alliance, Part 2: Client Goals

The alliance is an all-encompassing framework for psychotherapy — it transcends any specific therapist behavior and is a property of all aspects of providing services.  It calls for your utmost...

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2019 Training of Trainers Conference

Organizational change is hard, and many things can sabotage well-intentioned efforts. People at all levels, from the CEO to support staff, tire of hearing about the next great thing (the next...

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Reliance on the Alliance, Part 1

Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. And when you listen deeply, you can know yourself in everyone.

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5 Tips for Using the Outcome and Session Rating Scales

The Outcome Rating Scale and Session Rating Scale, key components of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), are not only reliable measures of psychotherapy benefit and the...

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