Better Outcomes Now Blog

5 Tips for Administering Outcome Measures with Families

All family therapists have been in sessions where sparks fly among family members. At times it may feel like the family dynamic is a giant Gordian knot full of confusion, condemnations, and drama....

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The PCOMS Manual Update Released

I am happy to announce that our all-in-one manual for everything PCOMS (Duncan & Sparks, 2019) has been updated. This revised manual incorporates all the design and feature changes of the new 3.0...

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Lions and Hunters: The Heroic Client

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

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How to Address Outcome Rating Scale Scoring in Therapy

The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) is used by the client to rate three domains: individual (personal well-being), interpersonal (family/close relationships), and social (work/school/friendships) as well...

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New PCOMS Certified Trainer: Thu Nguyen

  I am pleased to announce that Better Outcomes Now has a new PCOMS Certified Trainer, Thu Nguyen! Congratulations Thu! The PCOMS Certified Trainer designation of BON

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Results in the Real World: Serving the Impoverished

A 2018 meta-analysis by feedback pioneer, Michael Lambert unequivocally demonstrates that PCOMS significantly improves outcomes. Lambert et al. (2018) concluded:

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Ruth Mireau, PCOMS Icon, Retires

Another icon of PCOMS has retired after an illustrious career. Ruth Mireau, MSW, RSW, Certified PCOMS Trainer, BON Project Leader, and Provincial (Saskatchewan) PCOMS Coordinator has retired....

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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services: Dr. Bob Bohanske

Last week I had the great privilege of visiting one of the earliest adopters and implementers of PCOMS, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SBHS), and its champion and all-around superstar, Dr....

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Why Are Outcome Measures Important?

The good news is that psychotherapy is effective with many clients. The bad news is that not everyone benefits. We need to accept the fact that some clients may not improve under our care....

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Identifying At-Risk Clients: Why I Love PCOMS

A major benefit of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) is the identification of clients who are not benefitting, permitting new directions to be collaboratively charted. PCOMS...

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