Better Outcomes Now Blog

Why Clients Leave Therapy Prematurely

When clients prematurely end individual psychotherapy or couple and family therapy, they risk continued distress and other negative outcomes. What’s more, they may form unfortunate opinions about...

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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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And Now 6 Randomized Clinical Trials Support PCOMS

Six randomized clinical trials demonstrating that PCOMS dramatically improves outcomes are now in print. The sixth trial appears in the prestigious Journal of Counseling Psychology!  A special thanks...

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A Great New Book: Strengths Based Therapy

A great new book has just been released by Drs. John Murphy and Jacqueline Sparks, both Project Leaders of Better Outcomes Now, titled “Strengths Based Therapy.” Following is an excerpt from Barry...

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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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Dr. Bob Bohanske honored with the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy

Our own Project Leader and long-time PCOMS enthusiast, Dr. Bob Bohanske is the recipient of the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy. Dr. Bohanske was an early adopter, implementing...

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The New PCOMS Manual Is Here!

It has been sixteen years since the original Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change was published. What began as a simple way to privilege client voice and encourage therapists to talk...

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