Doing effective therapy is hard enough on its own. Integrating measures of outcome into the process adds additional complexity. Do it well, and the purpose, meaning and value of using measures is integrated into conversations. Do it poorly, and we hear the crunch of gears and a trail of potential alliance fractures. As this recent…Read More
Are You Any Good…as a Therapist?
It’s a provocative question, isn’t it? It’s also the title of a recent blog post, more of which below. Looking back at my outcomes over 25 years, the answer depends on what period I’m looking at. I know that when I’ve got complacent, or stopped looking at my data, it’s shown in my outcomes. So,…Read More
Learning to read data like you read sessions … (just read the book!)
In their new book Outcome Measures and Evaluation in Counselling and Psychotherapy, authors Chris Evans and Jo-anne Carlyle have pulled off a rare feat. In making some important statistical concepts accessible, presenting ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments for measurement in a balanced way, and leading the reader through a range of implementation scenarios, they have written the…Read More
Progress feedback: How much difference does it make?
Why all the noise about progress feedback? Back in 2003, Professor Mike Lambert and colleagues published a paper titled Is it time for clinicians to routinely track patient outcome? A meta-analysis.The paper was a meta-analytic review of three large-scale studies whose findings suggested that formally monitoring client progress had a significant impact on outcomes for…Read More