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Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness in Clinical Practice: An Outcome-Informed, Collaborative Approach

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Clinicians need easy-to-use, practical, systematic methods of evaluating, informing, and reporting the effectiveness of treatment. Practicing clinicians no longer have to rely on the DSM for treating their clients, but by making use of both outcome and process measures they can create a more collaborative and effective therapy with their clients. The findings from over 40 years of psychotherapy outcome research literature emphasize the importance of common factors as the curative elements central to all forms of therapy regardless of theoretical orientation. Methods discussed here offer practitioners the means to identify which clients are responding to treatment and those for which treatment is not working so that adjustments can be made to the therapy. The goal is to decrease dropout rates, increase levels of customer satisfaction, and document and improve the overall effectiveness of treatment.

I. Introduction
II. Enter the Dodo Bird
III. Enter the Common Factors
IV. Becoming Outcome-Informed

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness in Clinical Practice: An Outcome-Informed, Collaborative Approach created by Michael L. Saggese, MA, MSW, LCSW


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2005/ Vol. 86, No. 4

Course Material Author

Michael L. Saggese, MA, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor
Catholic Community Services

Course Creator

Max Schwanekamp

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about treatment effectiveness. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe research comparing outcomes of different forms of psychotherapy.

  2. identify common factors found to be effective across pscyhotherapeutic approaches.

  3. describe means to identify which clients are responding to treatment and those for which treatment is not working.

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Course Retired
Course Number 100814
1 credit hour
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