Better Outcomes Now Blog

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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Welcome to the new BON Website!

The three sisters, heartandsoulofchange.com, pcoms.com, and betteroutcomesnow.com are now at one home: betteroutcomesnow.com. Information about PCOMS and BON is now consolidated into one...

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Saskatchewan Leads the PCOMS Way in Canada

Saskatchewan Leads the PCOMS Way Thanks mainly to the efforts of Ruth Mireau, the Provincial PCOMS Coordinator, Saskatchewan Is enjoying a province-wide successful implementation. This, of course, is...

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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 is Here

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...

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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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Supervision: Who Is It For?

Supervision Through PCOMS This blog is based on a recent comment (Duncan, 2016) published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. The purpose of supervision is to promote the...

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The Ominous Clinical Cutoff and Data Accuracy

Ominous Clinical Cutoff & Data Accuracy If there is anything about PCOMS and the Outcome Rating Scale that raises the hair on our collective necks, it is the ominous sounding but completely innocuous...

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Research, Mischaracterizations, Limitations, and PCOMS

PCOMS Research, Mischaracterizations & Limitations Doing research is hard. Especially original research and data collection (vs. harvesting existing data), and particularly in real clinical settings....

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