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The Myth of the Silver Bullet Cure

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.--Andre Gide There is so much nonsense out there that it would take a compendium of volumes the size of Wikipedia to do it justice,...

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The Myth of the Magic Pill

"When money speaks, the truth stays silent." - Russian Proverb There is so much nonsense out there that it would take a compendium of volumes the size of Wikipedia to do it justice, but I have...

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The Myth of Psychiatric Diagnosis

The judges of normality are present everywhere.

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Who Benefits From Ubiquitous Screening?

Before I answer the question posed in this blog, first let me say that there is nothing wrong with trying to identify folks who are struggling so that help can be provided. And there is nothing...

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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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