Tag: Outcome Rating Scale (ORS)

To Seek or Not to Seek: Confronting Mental Health with a Mental Health Provider

To Seek or Not to Seek: Confronting Mental Health with a Mental Health Provider

| February 22, 2018

People, who could use support confronting their mental health needs, are often challenged in seeking that support. Two significant reasons why folks don’t seek support for mental health issues are: 1) They believe they don’t need help; 2) They tell themselves that they are who they are, and nothing can change that. To overcome these […]

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The Addictions of William Shakespeare, Benjamin Rush & Robert Palmer

The Addictions of William Shakespeare, Benjamin Rush & Robert Palmer

| November 19, 2015

“Today, a working definition of addiction usually includes physical and psychological dependence, as well as destructive behaviors” By writing “The Effects of Ardent Spirits Upon Man,” Benjamin Rush created the foundation upon which the Temperance Movement was built. He also played a critical part in initiating the shift in how society viewed its relationship to […]

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Feedback in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Feedback in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

| November 4, 2015

The use of the ORS and SRS to facilitate better outcomes in mental health services Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behaviour. Some children are not fortunate enough and have to deal with a childhood that is filled with displeasure, aversion, distrust, and […]

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PCOMS: The Science Behind MyOutcomes

PCOMS: The Science Behind MyOutcomes

| January 14, 2015

Dr. Barry L. Duncan, director of the Heart & Soul of Change Project, gets into the science that forms the backbone of MyOutcomes’ web-based tool. Partners for Change Outcome Management System or PCOMS as it is commonly known is a continuous monitoring and feedback model that has shown increased efficiency in randomized clinical trials (RCTs). […]

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Can We Be Technically Secure in Our Technological Security?

Can We Be Technically Secure in Our Technological Security?

| December 7, 2014

“For Technological Security, MyOutcomes uses encryption for storage of client data as well as for transmitting data to and from their customers” Technological advances typically bring improvements in the way humans can live. They also bring new threats pertaining technological security and anxieties. The domestication of the horse allowed our ancestors to travel greater distances […]

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Resilience Centre and Feedback in Therapy

Resilience Centre and Feedback in Therapy

| September 14, 2014

Measuring the effectiveness of work at the Resilience Centre At the Resilience Centre, we strive to provide an excellent psychological service for people from all walks of life. We are therefore committed to measuring and assessing whether our services are effective in meeting our clients’ goals. One way that we do this is by asking […]

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Further Validation of PCOMS

Further Validation of PCOMS

| May 7, 2014

Efficacy of client feedback in Army Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program Schuman, Slone, Reese, and Duncan (April 2014) recently published, in the Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the results of their investigation of routine monitoring of client progress using the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS). The study indicated that soldiers receiving treatment in […]

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I Can See Clearly From High Up On a Rocky Mountain Top

I Can See Clearly From High Up On a Rocky Mountain Top

| April 6, 2014

How therapists can attain their summit by regularly taking client feedback The other day, I told my wife that the two most important things I learned in graduate school were: 1) how little I know; and that 2) I had doomed myself to a life of perpetual student-hood. Put another way, every time I reached […]

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Engagement Is a Perfectly Fine State

Engagement Is a Perfectly Fine State

| February 19, 2014

A web-based engagement tool and much much more for therapists. I have this therapist friend Christy, who is smart, compassionate and highly capable. Everything one could want in a therapist. What impresses me, however, is her incredible talent for finding connections between things that, to most people, appear to be only loosely connected. For example, […]

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It Takes Three to Tango: The Client, the Therapist and MyOutcomes

It Takes Three to Tango: The Client, the Therapist and MyOutcomes

| January 15, 2014

Feedback Informed Therapy tools make therapy more successful Therapeutic sessions are a complex combination of singular psyches, social interactions and situational factors. Some of these are essential to the process of psychotherapy, whereas, with varying degrees, others are less so. Obviously, the most critical element in psychotherapy is the client. Without the client, there is […]

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