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Becoming Better at What We Do Presented by Barry L. Duncan, PsyD - 6 CE Hours

Level of Learning:  Beginner to Intermediate

Workshop Description:
Despite therapy’s overall efficacy, many clients drop out or do not benefit and therapists vary significantly in success rates. Systematic client feedback provides a solution. It involves a real-time, collaborative look at consumer progress, and signals when change is not occurring. With this, clinicians and clients have an opportunity to shift focus, re-visit goals, and alter interventions before a negative outcome. This workshop presents the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), a SAMHSA evidence based practice, and provides all you need to start with your next client—to improve your outcomes, track your development as a therapist, and form true partnerships with those we serve.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
(1) Identify the problems of providing services: drop outs, clients who do not benefit, and therapist variability in outcomes;
(2) Identify the rationales for PCOMS and how it addresses the problems in the field;
(3) Connect egalitarian services, social justice and PCOMS, and how PCOMS operationalizes client privilege by including consumers in all decisions that affect their care;
(4) Demonstrate a simple early warning system to dramatically improve effectiveness by early identification of those clients who are not responding; (5) Elicit client feedback about the alliance and outcome leads to conversation enabling new directions in treatment and the recapturing of clients who would have otherwise not benefited.