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The Heroic Client

Until lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter. African Proverb

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How to Choose a Mental Health Assessment Tool

Mental health assessment tools, also called outcome management tools or quality improvement tools, are often part of what is called routine outcome monitoring (ROM) or systematic client feedback....

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5 Steps to Accelerate Your Development

How do you accelerate your development? The prerequisite is your understanding that you are a primary figure in each client’s ultimate outcome — the client is certainly central but, as the old saying...

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How to Use Outcome Measurement Tools in Therapy

The therapeutic environment has evolved to encompass a broad range of techniques and philosophies. Professionals treat an equally extensive array of problems, diagnoses, and conditions. A simple...

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3 Strategies for Improving Psychotherapy Effectiveness

Why do clients discontinue therapy? Research demonstrates that at least one in every five clients terminates therapy prior to completion, with some studies showing as many as one in every two clients...

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PCOMS Is Different: A Both/And System for Collaborative Practice

The Partners for Change Outcome Management System(PCOMS), the evidence-based methodology of using the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and the Session Rating Scale (SRS), is different than anything out...

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PCOMS, Diagnosis and Acute Inpatient Care

Diagnosis and Acute Inpatient Care Two recently published articles are now available--both take PCOMS to different places. The first discusses PCOMS as an alternative to psychiatric diagnosis. Rather...

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What’s In a Name?

Partners for Change Outcome Management System There has been an ongoing confusion about what to call the clinical methodology of administering and discussing the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and the...

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The Future of Outcome Monitoring Is Here

Monitoring outcomes as a quality improvement strategy, better described as systematic client feedback, is no longer a vision of the distant future—it is the way things are expected to be done quite...

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If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

The “Impossible” Case project I have always been taken by Emily Dickinson and this is one of my favorites. I included this poem in the book, Psychotherapy with “Impossible” Cases, which described my...

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