It doesn’t get easier than this to take your client’s psychological temperature, or indeed your own. We’re developing online measures for your clients to complete that can support your work together. Measures that require no fancy platform. Measures that need leave no online trace when they’re completed. We’d love you to give one a test drive and give us some feedback.

In the week that a further study has provided evidence that feedback from measures can reduce therapy duration and lower drop out, we’re delighted to be able to announce a resource that might help you to use them very simply in your work.

Here’s one we prepared earlier

Up until now, there’s been no simple way for practitioners to use outcome measures that doesn’t require a paper version, an online platform, or some level of IT skill.

Here at Therapy Meets Numbers we think we’ve developed an elegant solution. Online measures for your clients to complete that can support your work together. Measures that help you quantify your client’s level of distress and risk. Measures that require no fancy platform. Measures that need leave no online trace when they’re completed.

How do they work?

The best way to show you is to invite you to view the video below. It’s based on the CORE-10 measure, and it’s the first of a range of measures that we have planned. It will require less than two minutes of your time.

After that, we’d love for you to take the measure itself for a spin via the link below. We’d love it even more if you would give us some brief anonymous feedback.

What next?

We’re working on a range of measures, so you can see this as just the beginning. Over time we plan to grow a suite of measures to suit different needs and ways of working.

The measures are designed to be used with clients, but there’s no reason why you can’t use them to monitor your own psychological temperature from time to time, like I do (the clue to my habitual symptom is in the main image above).

Why not go and give the CORE-10 a spin for yourself now? Simply type your name where indicated in the dialogue box below and hit enter.

At the end of the interaction we’ll ask you for some brief feedback on how useful you might find these kinds of measures in your work. The responses you make to the measure and your email address are deleted when you finish running the interaction. Your feedback will be retained anonymously.

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Just like you we thrive on feedback. Please leave your thoughts on what you’ve read in the comments section below.

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Posted by:Barry McInnes

9 replies on “Moving measures online

  1. Hi Barry This is great and feels like a welcome step forward. I have been reflecting on my experience of completing this form. As an experiment, I indicated that I ‘had made a plan’ and entering this into an online form I expected a response… I’m not sure what(!) It has made be question how appropriate it is to include this question in this format.
    I love this blog- thanks

    1. Hi Sarah and thanks for the feedback and glad you love the blog!
      It’s really useful to have your feedback about your experiment and it’s something we intend to have covered when we make the interaction more widely available. The measure shouldn’t be made available to the public – it’s only intended for use within the context of a therapeutic relationship, so we’re looking at a practitioner page with guidance on how the measures should be used, and a client page where therapists can refer their clients. That will have clear terms of use and a disclaimer. As far as the interaction is concerned, we’ll also make clear what happens to the data from any responses that are entered. In this case, once the interaction is closed, the only thing that remains is the email that’s sent to your specified email address.
      The bottom line is we absolutely do not want these measures used outside of a therapeutic relationship.
      Thanks again!
      Barry

    2. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. From a technical perspective, the interaction platform that runs the measure is very powerful and offers a lot of options to explore. I’d be very interested to hear more about the kind of responses you would expect if anything comes to mind.

      As Barry wrote, we’re working on a range of measures. I think natural part of that is to ask where can this go next … I think a obvious reply might be “where would you (or your client) like it to go”

      1. Adding to this …. and extending Barry’s response … it is possible to trigger responses to key words etc such that if a client “with a plan” were identified, a series of actions could be triggered

  2. as I’m sure you are aware this is a really difficult area. When I used to discuss confidentiality it always went through my mind the phrase “everything you say will be written down and may be used as evidence against you”
    Another side to this is the number of people in crisis who felt unsupported when contacting MH crisis services.

  3. This is a measure I find useful and used to do in paper form and now do verbally on the phone or by Zoom.
    What you have produced was a very slick and easy way to do it, though I wonder how I can reassure clients about its confidentiality when I’m not sure how it works.

    How would we get to use this format if we wanted to?

    1. Hi Jenny and thanks for your feedback.
      At this stage we’re simply seeking feedback, and yours is very much appreciated. We also appreciate the need for you and clients to be assured about confidentiality, so we’ll be building that into our thinking.
      In terms of using the format we’re exploring ways in which both client and practitioner can get feedback at the same time. It’s possible, but does require some additional development and we need to assess how feasible that is for us to do.
      We did invite people to leave and email address if they were interested in keeping in touch with developments – would you like me to add your name to that list (it’s completely anonymous)?
      Best wishes
      Barry

  4. Yes, I’d like to be included, in the list thanks.
    By the way, I applied from this Ipad, which I share with my partner, to join your facebook page, and he has had an email accepting him, not me. Not sure how that happened, but he should be uninvited.
    Thanks for all your work,
    Best wishes
    Jenny Charters

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